The Blessed Land and Asin’s Prophetic Vision
AGUSTIN MARTIN G. RODRIGUEZ
This study focuses on the music of the Filipino folk band Asin, and how both its body of work, as a performative gesture of liberating art, and its vision of a just society articulated in its lyrics contributed, and continues to contribute, to the movements of liberation of the Filipino people. Through their musical creation, they gave Filipinos a utopian view of what a just society can be and what its source of realization is. Their art provides the vision of a just world order to come, a form of aporia that challenges the members of this polity to reimagine the world of violence and marginalization that they protest.
Keywords: Filipino protest music, folk music, forms of aporia, ideology, music and liberation movements, utopian art.
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