TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A local Filipino group is organizing a rap concert that will feature popular rap artists from the Philippines, as well as tattoo artists over the Lunar New Year holiday in northern Taiwan.
Taiwan Finest Production is organizing a rap concert titled "Rapdutan," which will feature performances by famous Filipino rappers Gloc-9 and Shanti Dope, as well as local talent and artwork by 18 Filipino tattooists on Feb. 7 in Hsinchu City. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Carlton Hotel near the Hsinchu Cathedral Catholic Church.
In addition to featuring the top Filipino rappers Gloc-9 and Shanti Dope, who will fly in from the Philippines to headline the show, local Filipino rappers, singers, poets, and dancers will also perform on stage. Guests can also receive tattoos from local talented tattoo artists, with the proceeds going to charity.
Lead organizer Jefferson Candido, 39, who originally hails from Manila but has lived in Taiwan for nine years and currently works at an electronics company, said that the show came into being by chance. "We accidentally conceptualized this because we also wanted help charities like I've done before in the Philippines," said Candido.
Candido said the "Goal is to make an event that will benefit those who really need our help." He said that proceeds of the tickets and tattoos will go to the local Filipino charity Taipei FILCOM.
When asked what the meaning of "Rapdutan" is, Candido said that it is a combination of the word "rap" and "Dutdutan," a famous tattoo event in the Philippines.
Tickets at the door will be NT$1,000 (US$32.48) and will include free drinks and raffle coupons. Lucky winners of the raffle contest can win T-shirts made in the Philippines and free tattoos worth up to NT$2,000.
Date: Feb. 7
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: The Carlton Hotel
No. 225, Beida Road, North District, Hsinchu City, 300
Gloc-9. (Image from Jefferson Candido)
Shanti Dope. (Image from Jefferson Candido)
(Image from Facebook page Siklab PINOY SA Taiwan)
Recent performance on Philippine TV by Shanti Dope and Gloc-9: