No grand launch or crowded listening parties.
Just a new song from one of the popular Filipino bands Sugarfree whose sound endeared OPM lovers for many years. The new Sugarfree returns as a duo with Kaka Quisumbing (drums) and Jal Taguibao (vocals/ bass).
After nine years, minus fellow members Ebe Dancel and Mitch Singson, Sugarfree is back with a new tune called “Nagkita Muli” released under Glass Onion Entertainment.
“Dear Friends. Sugarfree is back with our newest single, ‘Nagkita Muli.’ This was just premiered tonight exclusively at Jam 88.3 FM!,” announced Sugarfree on Facebook when their new song debuted on Feb. 25.
Eight months later, “Nagkita Muli” will be streamed on audio streaming and media services providers.
Their fans are simply ecstatic about their comeback in the music scene.
Some of the comments:
“Long wait is over!”
“100% support! Sugarfree is Sugarfree!”
“Missing both these guys!”
“Sooo glad to see this. I just hope people from the scene would just let them be. They’re just making music and clearly not harming anyone or anyone else’s legacy for that matter.”
On Oct. 9, the group posted on Facebook: “Nandito’t Nagkita Muli. Naghilom ang mga Sugat at lahat ng Hapdi.”
“Na-miss lang namin talaga ang isa’t isa sa pag-gawa ng kanta. Ang tagal din namin nawala sa music scene. So nung nagkita kami, sabi namin gawa uli kami ng songs,” says Taguibao, who is also a professor in the Department of Political Science, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy at the University of the Philippines Diliman.
“Ganun lang ka-simple kung paano nabuo ang new song namin,” adds Quisumbing.
During an exclusive online interview, the duo reminisced about memorable moments of their successful career.
“Ang hindi talaga namin malilimutan yung mga ‘lagare’ gigs namin. Meaning pagkatapos ng isang gig sa isang lugar, pupunta kami ng probinsiya for the second gig and then lilipad naman uli sa isang province para tumugtog,” recalls Taguibao.
Quisumbing says: ““Minsan nagugulat at natutuwa kami sa sobrang sikip ng venue na parang hindi na kami maka-hinga sa dami ng taong gustong makinig ng music namin.”
Taguibao says: “Ang hindi ko makakalimutan siyempre yung beginnings namin. Noon kami pa ang nagbabayad sa venue para maka-kanta lang tapos wala pang sampu ang nakikinig sa’yo. I guess halos lahat dumaan sa mga ganung simula bago sumikat.”
A.L. Henson, manager of the group, said: “Initially, ang plan lang muna is to release songs lang muna pero since nagka-pandemic narealize din namin how we miss doing live shows kaya na decide na ng boys na pag may available na shows, either online or live (assuming they assure us that they are implementing safety measures), open na ang band to do it,” said Henson when asked if the duo was going full-blast in 2021.
The duo adds that it will keep its Sugarfree style of music, similar to the sound they have embraced in the past.
“Sa ngayon naman wala kaming plan mag experiment ng new sound. Tama na sa amin yung tunog na kinalakihan ng aming mga fans. Wala kaming plano na gumawa ng mga obscure na sound,” says Taguibao.
Formed in 1999, Sugarfree is known for their hits “Hari Ng Sablay,” Mariposa,” “Wag Ka Ng Umiyak,” “Makita Kang Muli,” “Burnout,” etc. They disbanded in 2011. In February 2020, they came back as a duo.
“Our fans can expect that we will be making new music with our brand of melodies and flavor. While doing that, we will continue exploring tunes to articulate through music, our personal histories and experiences,” the duo said.