This Week’s NBT (Next Big Thing) : “BAYLE” by REGGAE MISTRESS
Reggae Mistress the only reggae band in the Philippines fronted by three powerful
women harmonized into one. A style all their own aptly called the Mstres Stylee.
Rene “Chong” Tengasantos, and wife Irma
“Chang” two of the pioneers of reggae in the
Philippines thought of forming a “Pinoy”
sounding reggae band back in 2002. Chong
conceptualized the group with women
frontliners in mind, a fresh idea in a maledominated
band scene. He was inspired by
the I Three – Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt
and Marcia Griffiths, back-up vocals of the
legend Bob Marley.
The top unsurpassed drummer of Reggae
Eurasia (the first Pinoy reggae band) –
Chong and the blazing Reggae Momma of
the country – Chang is joined by daughter
Lady i and niece Ira on vocals.
They are backed-up by young yet seasoned musicians
A combination of the young and the veterans harmoniously woven together
dishing out one reggae feast after the next.
Reggae Mistress mixes up a deliciously concocted cocktail of genres from rock & roll,
blues, soul, jazz and a dash of dancehall and lover’s rock putting a reggae relish on
top making it a new sound, distinctively Mstres Stylee. The sistahs are really doin’
Dubbed as the Souls Sisters of Reggae, they bagged the 2007 Reggae Artist of the
Year in the 3rd Philippine Hiphop Awards. They got nominations for “Bayle” as
Best World Music Recording in the 30th Awit Awards and “Kaibigan” as Best
World/Alternative in the 20th Awit Awards.
They were also in the running for Best New Artist in the 2006 NU107 Rock Awards.
Reggae Mistress opened acts for:
Inner Circle and Big Mointain in the 1st International Reggae Festival in Manila
2016; Reggaefest by the Bay with Ziggy Marley 2007 and Black Eyed Peas 2004.
Reggae Mistress hopes to spread the good vibes of their music not only to Pinoys but
to the rest of the world. Staying true to the reggae spirit in One Heart, One Love,
One Soul. Roots Rockin’ Reggae that’s what they call it.