Nope, nope Shanti Dope: PDEA seeks ban on airing ‘Amatz’ song
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
UPDATE: Shanti Dope Management posted his statement on Facebook defending the lyrics of the song.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seeks to ban the airing of Shanti Dope’s song ‘Amatz’ for allegedly promoting drug use.
PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino said the song may mislead the vulnerable youth and think that it is alright to use drugs.
“It appears that the singer was referring to the high effect of marijuana, being in its natural/organic state and not altered by any chemical compound,” he said.
“This runs contrary to Duterte’s administration crusade against illegal drugs,” Aquino added.
According to a statement, Aquino already submitted a letter to the “Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), and the ABS-CBN Corporation to prevent the airing of ‘Amatz’ and its promotion in the different media stations throughout the country.”
PDEA also recommends that similar songs should also be banned from airing.
“We respect and appreciate our artists in the music industry, however, we strongly oppose the promotion of musical pieces or songs that encourage the recreational use of drugs like marijuana and shabu. It is contrary to our fight against illegal drugs,” according to Aquino.
Meanwhile, the rapper belies PDEA’s accusation saying the agency singled out a few of the song’s lyrics and that it was taken out of context. He also calls on the PDEA director to listen to the whole song.
“We enjoin Director Aquino to listen to the whole song, and not just take a few lines out of context. The song begins with the persona talking about the ill effects, the violence, and dangers of drugs: “Kamatayan o parak / Na umaga o gabi, may kahabulan / Dami ng nasa ataol pa / Hangang katapusan laki ng kita sa kahuyan,” the statement reads.
“In fact,” the statement further adds, “it clearly shows the persona taking a stand against illegal drugs, while at the same time pointing out that what has made him “fly” (so to speak) is not drugs, but music.”
Shanti Dope and management also took offense on the questionable interpretation of the song. They said that it also poses threat against the artistic freedom in the country.
“This is a brazen use of power, and an affront to our right to think, write, create, and talk freely about the state of the nation,” according to the statement.
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019
Wishcovery Season 2 The Singer and the Song album gets gold and platinum awards after their album launch on Tuesday (June 5).
The eight Wishcoverees finalists also showed off their talent at the Araneta Coliseum Tuesday night during the The Singer and the Song concert.
Wishcoverer-composer Jungee Marcelo was elated with the performance of the Wishcoverees.
“Finally, you see the fledgling little kid that you trained and then she did everything that you asked her to do and more and seeing her finally perform the song even better,” he said.
Composer Noel Cabangon also expressed his excitement for their musical wards. “I’m really proud of our Wishcoverees because they’re very good and now they have a portfolio, one of the things that they can show,” he said.
Following the album-launching concert, Wishcoveree grand finalists, Rhea Basco and Paula Guevarra shared their overwhelming experience.
“Hindi ko maiwasang maluha kasi habang kinakanta ko ang song ko na parang, ‘andito na kami,’ (I couldn’t help but tear up while I was singing my song I thought to myself, ‘we’re here’)” Rhea said.
Paula hopes that their songs will boost the public’s patronage of Filipino music.
“Sana po iyong album namin ma-inspire lahat ng mga Pilipino na i-patronize pa din ang OPM, (I hope our album inspires Filipinos and patronize OPM)” she said.—(with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
UNTV is a major TV broadcast network with 24-hour programming. An Ultra High Frequency station with strong brand content that appeal to everyone, UNTV is one of the most trusted and successful Philippine networks that guarantees wholesome and quality viewing experience.