Senselong (T'boli)

by Pantayo

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This song follows a structure of traditional Kulintang music specific to the T’boli tribe of the Philippines. In their tradition, compositions usually scale from the low Kulintang gongs, ascending to the higher gongs, then descending back.

“Senselong” refers to a gong playing technique that features “a meeting of the hands.” Traditionally, Senselong only has Agong and Dabak as its accompaniment. We created new rhythms on the Sarunays to accompany the song, as well as the breaks and vocables during its ascending and descending movements.


released June 16, 2015
Christine Balmes - Kulintang
Katrina Estacio - Dabak
Kat Estacio - Agong
Joanna Delos Reyes - Sarunay
Marianne Rellin - Hand drum

Recorded & Engineered @ Pureland Studios by Alaska B




Pantayo Toronto, Ontario

Pantayo is an all-women kulintang ensemble based in Toronto. They combine percussive metallophones and drums from kulintang traditions of Southern Philippines with electronic and synth-based grooves. They also offer music and cultural workshops to teach kulintang. Pantayo explores the possibility of kulintang through their experiences as queer diasporic Filipinas. ... more

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