Francis Magalona (October 4, 1964 – March 6, 2009)

This post pays respect to the late Francis Magalona, artist, who passed away on March 6, 2009, of leukemia. He was only 44 years old.
Philippine music would never have grown to what it is now without his pioneering effort in introducing rap– largely an African-American art form– to Filipino culture. I will forever remember him as the man who wrote the most important Filipino rap ever: “Mga Kababayan Ko” (My Fellow Countrymen). That song, which came from his 1990 monumental album, Yo!, was a staggering work of genius! It is a patriotic song anchored on the three most important virtues of everyday life: God, family, country. Back then, I didn’t know anyone who didn’t know that song! It was really that remarkable– and unforgettable!
Francis Magalona was not only a musical legend, but a very good visual artist as well! I remember seeing his paintings in the 90s and I thought he was really very talented! I admired him all the more for that!
He will surely be missed! My prayers and sincerest condolences go out to his family!
May he rest in peace. GOD Bless his soul!

Read more about Francis Magalona on eklaVOOM’s blog here and from PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) here.