The barangay grooves to Davao’s bu­dots

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Bu­dots is some­thing that Filipinos have heard in their daily rou­tine. Whether they de­spise hear­ing it in the jeep­neys or groove to it for their “taga saan ka” memes, the sound has been in­grained in our cul­ture. And we have Barangay Ca­mus of Davao to thank for that.

Tam­bay, or some­one who’s job­less—that’s the true bu­dots. These are the same peo­ple who in­vented the sound and dance to it. And it may sur­prise you how elab­o­rately they de­vel­oped this genre.

Start­ing back in 2012 with the Ca­musBoyz, bu­dots is sounds, oc­ca­sional scratch­ing, horns of vary­ing pitches and tempo, DJ spiels through­out, some­times dis­torted vo­cals, looped all over.” Tracks in this genre are of­ten made with out­dated mu­sic soft­ware.

How peo­ple dance to it has the same tra­di­tional roots. Com­mu­nity blog DavaoEa­gle de­scribes it as “pat­terned

bu­dots as ran­dom and form­less. But this sound is rooted in stak­ing an iden­tity in a mod­ern West­ern so­ci­ety.

mold­ing it to how they hear it. Bu­dots how a prov­ince in­ter­preted a West­ern genre and shaped it to their own lik­ing.

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