New York City TV show features FilAm Artists

by Kobakila News

NEW YORK – Three Filipino-American artists have been invited by David Brodskly, producer and host of the television program “The Rhythms of New York”, as guests in an all-Filipino episode to be aired soon. The show’s episode, which is produced through the facilities of the Bronx Community Cable Programming Corporation, features Archie D’, Kirby Asunto, and Nikole Inocencio.¬† Celinez Bosque, Brodsky co-host, was unable to attend the taping. In her place, noted Fil-Am community leader Vivian Velasco served as the Guest Co-Host.

The show is a TV series that examines the unique musical scene that helps make New York City the “Media Capital” of the world.¬† It showcases artists and musical bands ranging from beginners to highly seasoned professionals from a vast array of cultures.
Brodsky scours New York City for artists and bands and then invites them to perform in his show.  These performances are recorded live in the studio and are combined with interviews of the artists.  The interviews enable the viewer to share the dreams, ego, and indecision that are a part of being a musician in the fishbowl that is in New York.  The Fil-Am episode features acts ranging from the beginner to the professional.

New York-born 11-year-old Nikole Inocencio developed her passion for music when she was only a few months old.¬† She was raised on a diet of classical music and soon her tastes evolved into the pop field with influences such as country/pop superstar Taylor Swift and Philipine “Popstar Princess” Sarah Geronimo. Nikole has participated in the Miquel Braganza young performers workshop. She has performed in different recitals, shows, and benefit concerts in the metropolitan New York area, and is active in her school plays.

Kirby Asunto, born in Paranaque City in the Philippines, came to the U.S. in 2006.  The 12-year old Kirby grew up idolizing Sarah Geronimo and American pop icons Whitney Houston, Madonna and Britney Spears.  As she was growing up, she developed a fondness for Broadway show tunes.  Kirby has performed at numerous functions throughout the Northeast and had won numerous awards, medals and trophies for her singing skills. She has studied with Miquel Braganza and also had training in acting, dance, piano, and voice.  She wants to be a professional singer.

Archie Dairocas ‚Äì known professionally as Archie D’ ‚Äì is a successful arranger, composer, producer, engineer, songwriter, singer, musician and hitmaker.¬† He was born in Pagadian City in the Philippine province of Zamboanga del Sur. Archie D’ wrote and recorded a string of pop hits in the Philippines including ‚ÄòKasayaw,‚Äô ‚ÄòPakita Mo, and ‚Äô Mahal na Mahal,‚Äô

Archie D’ has performed with top caliber ‚Äúoriginal Pinoy music‚Äù artists such as Randy Santiago, Pops Fernandez, Regine Velasquez, among others. He released two albums in the Philippines while under contract with Vicor Music Corp. and Octoarts EMI. His 1991 ‚ÄúPakita Mo‚Äù album was certified Gold. In 1992, Archie D’ left the Philippines and settled in Queens, NY.

In 1998, while in New York City, he won the (Philippine) Katha Award for composing the Alternative Song of the Year ‚ÄòChanging and Giving Ways‚Äô (performed by Dawn Dineros). He has produced a number of Fil-Am artists, produced several jingles/songs for the Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc., and sought after “voice” Lloyd Umali.¬† Archie D‚Äôs latest album, ‚ÄúBuilt To Sound Good‚Äù (888 Records), is a 14-track dance/pop album of mostly original tunes. On Rhythms, Archie D’ performed a song off the album titled ‘Di Pa Rin Nagababago,’ co-written with Ed Sunico.

Guest Co-Host Vivian Velasco, an accountant by profession, has been involved in promoting Philippine Cultural Arts in the U.S. since she moved here immediately after graduating from college in Manila. As a dancer, Vivian has performed along the East Coast with the Folklorico Filipino Dance Company of NY, and abroad, including the World’s Fair, in Lisbon Portugal; and managed the company for several years. Vivian is very visible in the Fil-Am community in New York and New Jersey through her involvement in various non-profit groups particularly with The Philippine NY Junior Chamber (Jaycees) as its President in 2006 and as a lifetime member, and also with the Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. Her 17 year old son, Daniel, is an actor (SAG Member) and a Mixed Martial Arts athlete.



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