originally printed in 1994.
K U H L E D
E S M A
SINGS MELODIES THAT
It is a well-known fact that when the Philippines premiere pop
diva Kuh Ledesma sings, she transforms masterfully all kinds of songs into a lean,
energetic sensuality. There is a compelling sense of energy to this artist who has come to
grips with her enormous talent. Her strong sensous voice from her Ensalada days to her
Music and Magic performances, to being a solo singer and now as an international singing
star, has remained undimmed.
When one first listens to Kuh, one feels that the singer has established a continually
evolving rapport, although like most artists, the critics pounced on her for being snooty
who seldom gives interviews.
"I do not know why they label me as such," she defends herself. "There are
times when I do not receive any requests for interviews but when I do, I acquisce to them
except when I am preparing for a concert. Thats the time when I do not want to see
people because I want to give my all to the concert and learn my songs. In the past, there
were people around me and they must have refused requests for interviews because they just
want to protect me. But now I am on my own and I can do what I like. Interviews are always
It was composer George Canseco who first wrote a song specifically for Kuh Ledesma he sees
in her a singer of vibrant quality. The song was Dito Ba, which was perfectly in tune with
Kuhs kind of voice. Another song that reminds music lovers of her is Dont Cry
For Me Argentina, because they believe that only the pop diva can give justice to the
For seven years, Kuh has been in and out of the country, mostly in Los Angeles where she
has also established her niche among our countrymen there. Her last show in the country
was with Noel Pointer which was very well received by the musical audiences.
There are two good news regarding Kuh these days. One is that from out of the embers of
Music Museum, there emerged a new building which is more modern with improved lighting
fixtures and hi-tech facilities. The stage is more spacious and its a 700 or so
The second news which will thrill the Kuh Ledesma fans is that shes staying for good
in the country except for a planned tour of the States in November.
The new Music Museum reopened on the 22nd of last month with a show, ACT II. With Kuh
herself, with guests Ric Segreto and Kuhs ten-year old daughter Isabella. Yes, the
girl has grown into a lovely spitting image of her mother, quick-witted and at her age is
more gregarious and outgoing than her mother was when Kuh first entered showbiz.
"This show will be memorable to me since it will be the first time that my daughter
will sing with me on stage. It will also mark the first show at the new Music
Local and foreign songs will be rendered especially from Broadway hits like Les Miserables
(which Isabella will also sing), Cabaret and theme song from animated movies like American
Tale, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin and Kuhs local songs. Act II will go on
October 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23.
There was a time when Kuh tried injecting rap into her songs, which her fans and admirers
resented. They prefer the mellifluous voice that she has, belting out romantic songs, sung
in a flowing sensuous known for, that was what started her on the road to fame and
In her years of singing, there was a time when Kuh considered one thing which she said
" is the biggest thrill of my life," (aside, of course when she got married and
when Isabella was born). It was when her fans put up a fight in the controversy about who
should be the concert queen.
"I am not after awards or titles," she said to this writer once. "If people
bestow titles on me or awards, well and good. I want to sing for the sake of giving
pleasure to my listeners. But I was touched and thrilled when my fans collectively in
writing threw their efforts on me as deserving of the title. Di ba, nakakatouch?
The Kuh Ledesma of today has reached more authoritative stage of expressing her songs,
with a wide range of repertoire, singing them with more verve and warmth that makes
listening to her utterly absorbing and refreshing.
May she have more of them in the years to come now that she has returned to the country.
Lina V. Zarandin
Celebrity World, Oct. 17, 1994
KUH LEDESMA On Her Newest
Project: Republic Of Malate
On Phil Music site. Click here to read the article.
playing: "Unchained Melody"