SamaSama Project was launched as one of Chicago’s premiere Filipino Folk Fusion band after their very successful concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music in 2008. Over the years, the talented group led by Baron Lloyd Cabalona, a versatile musician and arranger and wife, Lou Maningas Cabalona, a TV & theater actress and commercial model in Asia and in the US along with talented musicians Ran Sevilla, Ben Corpus, Jun Rodriguez, Freddie Rodriguez, and Louis Tan, have made their mark showcasing a fusion of Filipino traditional folk and contemporary music at many notable venues such as Navy Pier and the Chicago Cultural Center among others. “SamaSama” translated as “united, together” truly live up to their name with yearly major concerts that always feature collaborations with various local artists and musicians and consistently perform to a sold out audience.
In 2011, they performed in Madrid, Spain for the Pope’s World Youth Day MacroFestival Concert for over 12,000 youth and concluded a very successful run of the original Musical Rizal’s Sweet Stranger under Baron’s musical direction. They regularly perform at cultural festivals, museum shows, commercial & private engagements and occasionally open for Filipino Celebrities most recently with The Sessionistas and comedian Rex Navarette. Last year, they shared the stage with none other than Broadway Diva and Disney Legend, Ms. Lea Salonga. SamaSama Project will be launching first album in 2014 with another major concert.
Inspired by the drive to promote Culture through music and the arts, SamaSama Project continue to captivate audiences with music that transcends all boundaries.