June 12, 2001
Duayya and Chants in the Life Cycle of Ilocanos.
(June 12, 2001)
Music has accompanied virtually all kinds of human activities. There is a song associated with every occasion in the human life cycle. These include lullabies, puberty ceremony songs, courtship and marriage songs, family and funeral songs. There are also work songs, songs for war and peace, and a variety of religious songs.
In general, these are called folk music or folk songs. According to Eliseo Pajardo, an Ilocano composer, folk music is an unconscious expression in melody of the racial feelings, character and interests of the people.
It belongs equally to people of all levels of musical ability since it is transmitted orally and one does not need any special vocal training to sing a folk song. Further, there is no single correct version of the folk tune.