Badjao is Philippine ethnic group mostly living along the coast of Sulu, Tawi-tawi, and Zamboanga del Sur. However, they found almost any coastal areas in the country in some inter island docks like in Cebu wherein they dive for coins being thrown at them by passengers of arriving sea vessels. Often during Christmas time, Badjaos become common along the streets of Manila and other cities of the Philippines where they earn a living by entertaining jeepney passengers and pedestrians with their drums.
This viral video was spotted by KAMI on Hari ng Videoke page on Facebook.
- This video was about a Badjao man playing Budots on his drums in the most ingenious way.
- The Badjao man in the video has 5 drums tied together by rubber. Some drums were made of infant formula tin cans while others were from bamboo enhanced with rubber for sound variation. As the Badjao drummed, he produced additional sounds in his throat completing the Budots beats without using other instruments.
- This video has 3.8 million views; 144,000 likes and reactions; 155,320 shares; and 6,000 comments since it was uploaded in the Facebook page. Most viewers were impressed by such raw talent and expressed support to the Badjao.
The Badjao man was seen performing his Budots drumming in a meat section of a market place.
For whistling sounds of Budots, the Badjao produced this tiny sound in his throat and touch or twist it with his fingers to make it sound higher.
His final act for Budots was by pressing and twisting his two index fingers at the sides of his neck producing the high whistling sound of the Budots. He then signed a “peace out” to his viewers ending his performance.
Be entertained and impressed by this very talented Badjao drummer in this KAMI story.