The Pasya Music Album is now available and archived on Cinemata, featuring music videos that showcase original songs produced by Filipino artists in support of the campaign to decriminalise abortion in the Philippines.
The album honours the resilience of individuals who courageously stand up against challenges to their rights to bodily autonomy. It also offers a safe space and representation for those who have diverse experiences of abortion and challenges the prevailing stigma surrounding it.
The Pasya Music Album was created through a collaborative process between songwriters and advocates and those with abortion experiences who were willing to share their stories. The process involved a workshop series with a focus on mental health, counseling, solidarity building, and educational discussions.
The result is a diverse collection of 12 original songs spanning various genres, from bluesy ballads to experimental soundscapes, hip hop, and pop. The album showcases the exceptional talent of local artists, including Bea Fabros of La Loba Negra, Tao of Sleep Kitchen, femcees SHNTI and MuroAmi, and electronic sound artists BP Valenzuela and Teenage Granny. Renowned rapper and producer Calix, known for the controversial 2019 Kolateral album, serves as the musical director for Pasya.
Released on April 30, 2021, the Pasya Music Album was produced by the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights, in collaboration with Filipino Freethinkers and the Philippine Safe Abortion Advocacy Network.
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