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Countdown To Christmas: The Quintessential Voice and a Labor of Love

Countdown To Christmas: The Quintessential Voice and a Labor of Love

Every year people panic to find the perfect gift. We at T2C have been collecting idea’s all year long to bring you the perfect gift guide at all price levels. When you’re at the end of your rope trying to find the perfect Christmas present this year, come to this guide for some great suggestions.

Lea Solanga Bahaghari

Now appearing in Once This Island singer Lea Solanga walked into a studio in Manila with a list of songs. The songs represented the Philippines’ three cultural regions, many languages and were selected from a lifetime’s worth of research by preeminent musician, scholar, and producer Ryan Caybyab. “Ili Ili” and several others were songs sung to Lea by her mother. With six different arrangers, 16 songs in different Filipino languages, including Tagalog, Bisaya, Ilonggo, Bicolano, Capampangan and Ilocano, varied performers, and arrangements that revolve around piano, guitar, gentle percussion, vibes, flute and in cooperation with the Global Language Project (GLP), Bahaghari “Rainbow” is a must have CD for those who love music and diversity. Salonga’s brother, Gerard also performs on the album.

Her powerful emotional ties and artful interpretation shine on Bahaghari “Rainbow”, which was recorded in four days.

GLP Music who produced the album was founded by Angela Jackson and Rex Niswander, the label aims to deepen connections to language learning and preservation via compelling music. Salonga sings in several endangered languages on Bahaghari and this is a way of preserving them.

Lea sings with the crystalline clarity, delivering an emotively that is abundantly clear. These melodies spring to life a culture we rarely see.

The CD contains a booklet featuring cultural notes, original lyrics and English translations.

The CD can be bought on Lea’s website for $14.95

We leave you with our favorite track.


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email:

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