Zack Tabudlo is rewriting kundiman with a contemporary pop flair on his latest single, ‘Binibini,’ which has been released on various streaming platforms via Island Records Philippines/MCA Music Inc.
Symbolizing love as dance, the young producer/singer-songwriter penned ‘Binibini’ at the peak of a romantic relationship with a former flame. “She was the binibini that I would dance with in the middle of the rain, in the middle of a chaos, or whatever’s happening around us,” Tabudlo references the inspiration behind the song. “I would dance/love her no matter what.”
According to Zack, ‘Bininibi’ is more than a simple crush, or a cliché situation. He likens the song to the mutual connection between two persons romantically swept away with each other, but are “waiting for the right moment to say what they feel.”
Tabudlo reflects, “Despite of what everyone says or what problems the two of you are facing in life, the both of you will be there for each other and will always be behind each other in every situation there is.” His new track ‘Binibini’ encompasses that kind of reassuring love that goes beyond idealistic.
Musically, “Binibini” incorporates a touch of kundiman with a modern singer-songwriter flair, capturing a uniquely arresting sound that tells a story from a confessional standpoint: raw, earnest, and teeming with emotional honesty. Tabudlo also tackles a classic ‘90s alt rock sound going through the bridge with familiar-sounding guitar effects and melodies to complement the vibe of the material.
“I did the writing, production, and mixing and mastering just like my other songs,” the acclaimed artist tells in a statement. “This was a bit different because of the kundiman vibe to it that I’ve never done before with a personal song. It had that chill, laid-back, in love – happy moments kind of feel to it.”