Charmaine Clamor | My Harana: A Filipino Serenade

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My Harana: A Filipino Serenade

by Charmaine Clamor

Timeless Filipino courtship serenades sung in 8 different native languages and dialects by America's most celebrated Filipina jazz and world vocalist.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. O, Ilaw
3:27 $0.99
2. Pakiusap
5:07 $0.99
3. Mekeni King Siping Ku
3:13 $0.99
4. Pamulinawen
3:19 $0.99
5. Lahat Ng Araw
4:29 $0.99
6. Minamahal, Sinasamba
5:04 $0.99
7. Ay Kalisud
4:54 $0.99
8. Malinac Lay Labi
1:58 $0.99
9. Dungawin Mo Hirang
3:37 $0.99
10. Matud Nila
5:14 $0.99
11. Harana Sa Dilim
2:22 $0.99
12. Labis
4:47 $0.99
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Album Notes
Like many women who came of age in the late 20th Century, I was never serenaded beneath my window by a man trying to win my affection. I was courted and pursued, but I was never romanced with reckless abandon. When I was a teenager, growing up in the Philippines, suitors asked permission from my parents to pay an evening visit. They brought flowers and chocolates and we -- the young man and I – sat on the patio, awkwardly making conversation while my mom and dad pretended they weren’t eavesdropping.

These little chats got the job done; eventually, after enough small talk, the gentlemen arranged proper dates. Still, I longed for poetry, and for passion. For music.

The ancient tradition of Harana was my country’s most romantic expression of love. Up until the 1950s, ambitious men underwent this soul-baring rite, and lucky women, no matter their station in life, were made to feel like fairytale princesses. Harana was performed late at night, when the household was asleep. The suitor brought along one or two of his friends wielding a guitar. Summoning all his courage, he declared his most private sentiments in song. These tunes generally fell into two categories: intense expressions of joyous devotion, or profound despair at his unrequited love. Filipino women usually didn’t reveal their true feelings about a man until he proved (over time) that he cared for her as much as life itself. I used to think the magic number was at least 30 days, a solid month before I could say oo na (“yes”) to a courting gentlemen. My assent implied we were now in a formal relationship.

Harana had a strict code: If the woman liked what she heard, the windows opened and the haranista was invited upstairs by the approving parents. But if she didn’t, the windows stayed shut all night.

I’ve recorded a modern album of harana because I adore the soaring melodies and heartfelt lyrics of these classic songs, which convey a sublime tradition that’s been supplanted in the 21st Century by text messaging and social networking Websites. Harana embodies the innocence of blossoming love, the deep yearning to connect with your ideal lover -- and the thrilling anticipation of that amorous discovery. My hope is that this album will return romance and unabashed honesty to our eternal quest for love. And perhaps for the bravest women, to inspire them to initiate the connection!

I’m thrilled that my previous recorded work spread the music and languages (Tagalog and Bisaya) of my homeland to a worldwide audience. Now, in eight different languages and dialects, allow me to serenade you -- to open your windows – with these treasures from the Philippines.

-- Charmaine Clamor, 2008



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Dr. J. N. Ernesto

Too Beautiful
Is it possible that someone can sing too beautiful? Because I find myself feeling tears coming up when I hear songs like "Pakiusap" and "Minamahal, Sinasamba" and "Matud Nila" which my late mother used to sing in our house. What a beautiful CD. Thank you Charmaine Clamor!

vernon castle

Sweet at the right times
A lovely album of romantic music. A little formulaic at times but hey, it's a good formula. Nice to have in the background when I'm with my beloved and sipping a good red wine.

Gordon Murray

Recommended Listening
Interested in uniquely cool new music? Charmaine Clamor's second album, "My Harana: A Filipino Serenade," (Free Ham Records) is exactly that. Clamor's intimate, timeless "jazzipino" vocal is simply accompanied by subtle percussion from Gustavo Garcia, delicate strumming of a guitar or bandurria from Richard Ickard and/or the plucking of a bass from Dominic Thiroux. This seamless composition instantly lifts the listener to a relaxed café in a foreign land, thousands of miles away from the clamor (no pun intended) of American city life. Recorded in eight different dialects of the Filipino languages Tagalog and Bisaya, the album showcases songs of the ancient native tradition of Harana. (In brief: At night, men, accompanied by a musician or two, courted women by singing songs to them outside their windows, hoping the object of their affection would eventually allow them inside.) Previously, only men had recorded songs like the ones on Clamor's album; now, the young Charmaine becomes the first woman to record them. The album's closing song, "Labis" ("Too Much"), is sung in English, but I think you'll barely notice the difference; that is how good she is at communicating emotion through music. If you're up for a world-jazz cultural and educational seduction, "My Harana" is a must-have.

William Q

Tears of Joy
As a Pilipino hearing my language being sung so beautifully and graciously brought tears to my eyes. I hear Ms. Charmaine Clamor showing so much respect and honor for her heritage and it is making me proud to be a Pinoy. This HARANA CD is very different from her JAZZIPINO records in that it is more traditional and no English except the last song, which is also very beautiful. I say \"more power to you Ms. Charmaine Clamor.\" You are a great artist for your people. Thank you!


This is just beautiful music. Lovely voice. Really great and very romantic.

Gil Rosales

Nice for the Ears
With all due respect to many of my favorite singers of the Philippines this collection of classic harana songs from the Philippines is the album I have been waiting for a Filipino to record. Ms. Charmaine Clamor seems like the perfect singer to do this. She has very fine pronunciation of many languages and her famous voice goes down so smooth! She is nice for the ears and nice for the eyes. :) I find "My Harana" to be relaxing and beautiful for the most part. The "Pamulinawen" is more innovation than relaxation for instance. :)I listen to her sing "Matud Nila" and I am back in a very old place long ago when it was all right to express these powerful emotions to your love. My ears like it and so does my soul.

Rigo Kalibo

The Greatest?
With this new CD Charmaine Clamor maybe establishes that she is the best singer of the Philippines? Her voice is not high. It is low and soothing and you can feel every emotion, which is what the very best singers (the likes of Pilita, Nora) do for a song. Charmaine Clamor is second to none for the kundiman. Listen to her "Matud Nila" and I think you will agree with me this is something special. I am thankful that I could afford this recording which is not available for cheap in the Philippines!

Classical PH Radio

Beautiful harana accompanied by great musicians. Thank you for bringing back the forgotten melodies of the Philippines.