WATCH: UP Fighting Maroons rap for human rights, press freedom

Rick Olivares

Posted at Jan 28 2018 05:04 PM

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MANILA -- The University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons did their part in the Gen We Ultimatum concert at the UP Sunken Garden last Friday with a short rap on stage.

Led my Cameroonian Bruel Kamga who wrote a rap entitled “Zlatan” after his favorite former Paris St. Germain football star, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the UP men’s basketball team led by Diego Dario, Ibrahim Outtara, Pio Longa, David Murrell, Joe Gomez Di Liaño, and Kamga delivered their minute-long number after Pinoy soul band Sinosikat.

“It’s an original rap that I wrote,” said the 20-year old Kamga who will be serving his residency in UP for next season. “I am glad that the team embraced it and joined in.”

The Fighting Maroons were originally scheduled to take the stage of the free concert to call for awareness for human rights and press freedom around 6:30 p.m. but they got bumped off to the later part of the show around past 10 p.m.

Had they gone on stage as originally scheduled, other players like Juan Gomez Di Liaño, Bright Akhuetie, Janjan Jaboneta, Jun Manzo, and Gelo Vito would have joined the performance.

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Dario, who will be suiting up for his last season in the UAAP come Season 81, said this isn’t any grand design to enter showbiz. 

“This is just our way of showing solidarity for human rights and press freedom. I’ve never before stood before a UP audience that isn’t for basketball so this is a nice change. It’s a fun way to also express our call for respect for human rights, equality, and press freedom.”

Said Akhuetie before he left: “Things like this are a great way for us to bond as a team.”

Added Longa: “There are many ways to express one’s self and music is one. But like Diego said, this isn’t a change of careers for us.”

Bands and recording artists such as True Faith, Noel Cabangon, Rivermaya, Sinosikat, Ebe Dancel, Bullet Dumas, Brass Pas Pas Pas Pas, Autotelic, and Sponge Cola were among those who performed during the show.

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