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Jess Santiago

Jesús Manuel Santiago or Jess Santiago is a Filipino male poet, songwriter, singer-composer, protest musician and translator. He is also known affectionately as “Koyang.” Regarded as one of the pioneers of the people’s music movement in the country, he was co-founder and executive director of Musika Philippines, a resource center for people’s music. He co-organized the Musicians for Peace, an association of songwriters and musicians involved with the people’s movement. He has previously recorded two albums of his own songs, Halina (1991) and Obando (1993). He wrote and recorded The Village, the anthem of the Alliance for a Responsible, Plural, and United World. Jess spearheads the Asian Movement for People’s Music (AMP3)collective which is working to build a regional network of socially-engaged musicians.

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