With having one of the most recognizable and formidable singing voices in the Philippines, singer-songwriter BAMBOO MAÑALAC is like a well-oiled machine; all power and with no plans of slowing down just yet.
Bamboo began his career in music in 1994 by joining the band Rivermaya as its frontman but eventually left the group in 1998 to live in the US. In 2003, he decided to return to the Philippines and fronted the band Bamboo. They called it quits in 2010 after releasing four albums under EMI Philippines (now PolyEast Records).
Having used to being in a band of brothers and creating music with a unit, the band break-up caused a minor hiccup on Bamboo’s musical stride, but that didn’t stop him from working on new material even if it meant for him to go solo. “I was never hesitant to go solo, I just didn’t know where it was going to take me,” says Bamboo. That decision took him everywhere though as well as the release of his debut album No Water, No Moon under PolyEast Records in 2011. This album, which was mixed by Scott Mcdowell of Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco, California and mastered by Brad Blackwood of Euphonic Masters in Memphis, Tennessee, includes Bamboo’s hit tracks “Questions,” “Ikot ng Mundo,” and “Carousel.” In February 2013, it reached gold record sales and bagged Bamboo a Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist for his song “Questions” in the 25th Awit Awards, one of the most prestigious music awards in the Philippines. No Water, No Moon also won Best Album Packaging at the 4th PMPC Star Awards for Music.
In 2015, Bamboo released his second album Bless this Mess (PolyEast Records). It was recorded and mixed by Jake Lummus of Grand Street Studio in Brooklyn, New York and Mastered by Fred Kevorkian of Kevorkian Mastering Inc in New York. He was joined by musicians (Team Philippines) Ardie De Guzman, Simon Tan and Kakoy Legaspi and ( Brooklyn NY Crew) Chaitanya Tamayo, Joy Tamayo, Ethan Eubanks, John Deley, Freedom Bremner, Tanya Jones and Vivian Sessoms. “Firepower” was awarded Best Rock/Alternative Recording in the 29th Awit Awards and Favorite Rock Video in the 2016 MYX Music Awards.
In 2012, Bamboo signed with ABS-CBN, the biggest broadcasting network in the Philippines, as a mainstay and one of the featured performers on the Sunday noontime show ASAP. He was joined by some of the most prominent names in the country’s entertainment industry.
In 2013, he joined the international show The Voice of the Philippines as one of the coaches. It then led on to Bamboo also being one of the coaches in The Voice Kids and The Voice Teens.
Bamboo is currently working on his next album release this 2019 and continues to tour in the Philippines and out of the country.
- Bamboo’s debut solo album No Water No Moon (2011) and sophomore album Bless This Mess (2015) were released via Polyeast Records (formerly EMI Philippines)
- No Water No Moon reached gold record status in February 2013 and received an award at the 25th Awit Awards for the Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist for his song "Questions” and Best Album Packaging at the 4th PMPC Star Awards for Music.
- Bless This Mess boasts its leading single “Firepower” which was hailed as 2016 MYX Music Awards for Favorite Rock Video and 29th Awit Awards for Best Rock/Alternative Recording. Other singles include “Nothing Like You” and “C@ll” which also made strong showings on the charts.
- In 2013, Bamboo made the jump to a full-time TV gig as a coach on the reality series The Voice of the Philippines.
- Bamboo has always been associated to Filipino rock music that has proven extremely influential over the years with popular hits such as “Awit ng Kabataan,” “Ulan”, “214,” “Kisapmata,” and “Himala.”
- In 2003, he also became the lead singer and co-founder of the rock band that would become Bamboo. The rock band gained popularity for hit songs like “Noypi," Hallelujah," "Masaya", "Probinsyana” and “Tatsulok”.
- late 2018, EP Efroditis under Watercolours Music was released. Bamboo collaborated with producer and songwriter Michael Ephron and artists from all over the world recording the album. Bamboo recorded these songs in Ireland, NewYork, Los Angeles and London.
- Bamboo, together with his core musicians, worked on the song "Magtanim ay Di Biro" for their contribution to the Awit at Laro Album, a project by Mr. Gary Valenciano for UNICEF.
- Bamboo has performed in numerous international music festivals, some of which would be for MTV in Pattaya Thailand, Beats on the Beach F1 Music Festival in Abu Dhabi, Classic Rock Awards 2017 in Tokyo Japan, to name a few.
- Bamboo is accompanied by his core musicians and long-time collaborators namely: Ria Osorio (keyboards), Kakoy Legaspi (guitars), Junjun Regalado (drums), Ardie De Guzman (guitars) and Simon Tan (bass) and Abraham Billano (synth, drums, and vox).
- To date, Bamboo has been touring the world with a series of performances in multiple sold out venues in countries like the United States, UK, Ireland, Singapore, Canada, Dubai, and Qatar. He is likewise scheduled to perform in Israel, Australia, UK, and the United States in 2019.