Janno Gibbs

Weyt a Minit Kapeng Mainit

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In 2001, Philippine independent label Viva Records released Weyt a Minit Kapeng Mainit (Wait a Minute Hot Coffee), a four-song soundtrack to the film of the same name. The album features two singers signed to the label, ballad singer Janno Gibbs and reggae artist Blakdyak. It is an unlikely pairing, as the two singers perform completely different types of music, and have completely different personas. Regardless, the pairing works. The two even wrote a song together, the reggae-styled title song, "Weyt a Minit Kapeng Mainit," which they perform together here. The song has a novelty ambience, and is rooted in a 1950s musical style similar to that of Paul Anka and Neil Sedaka. The song is catchy, and Blakdyak performs a rap in a singsong style, and Janno Gibbs sings the chorus in a smooth, appealing manner over the reggae backbeat. The lyrics are also a bit funny. Janno Gibbs and Blakdyak also perform together on a reggae-inflected version of Peter Frampton's "Baby I Love Your Way." Janno Gibbs sings the famous chorus, and Blakdyak performs a rap (not included in the original "Baby I Love Your Way") over the famous bassline to Steve Miller's "The Joker." Once again, the song is appealing. Janno Gibbs performs alone on his composition, "Patingin, Patikim, Palihim" (Can I See, Can I Taste, It's Secret), and sings the mellow song over an airy, syncopated backbeat. Once again, the song is a winner. The album closes on the bouncy "Skankin' Reggae," which is, as one would expect, performed by reggae artist Blakdyak, who also wrote the song. This is an enjoyable set.

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