“Kumusta?” or “How are you?” is always a welcome question amongst friends. It’s an ice breaker for what would be the start of the conversation or a soothing acknowledgement to someone going through tough times.
Written in collaboration with Flow G, Shanti Dope’s latest release with the title “Kamusta” touches on a very delicate topic — depression.
Depression is a serious matter and we’ve lost many young and very talented lives because of this mental health issue.
It comes as a surprise that with Shanti Dope and Flow G’s persona as hip-hop artists such a topic can be an inspiration for a song; which only goes to show how well-rounded individuals they are and not just an echo for grunt and angst. In terms of the lyrics, the two rappers were able to bring up the important discussion regarding mental wellness and helped in the stigma of suffering from depression being removed, in their own special way.
If someone with depression does not find God for solace, a family member or a friend can help with the continued reassurance that help is always available. All it takes is to say, “Kamusta?” “Meron bang nakakubli sa likod ng ‘yong ngiti at kutitap ng iyong mga mata? Mabigat ba sa dibdib ‘pag laging pinipigilang sabihin ang iyong nadarama? Di mo gustong malaman ng mundo ang kahinaan mo Kung wala kang malapitan, Pwede mo akong sabihan.”
“Kamusta” will be available on all streaming platforms under Universal Records Philippines. The music video was directed by Jeremy Lim of Blck Mrkt.
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