Chalaw - Passiwali
Passiwali, which literally means 'towards the east' in the Pangcah language, marks the creative debut of Chalaw. Here are the clean sounds of the acoustic guitar, driving percussion and moving vocal harmonies, which evoke the warm embrace and beauty of Chalaw's home by the Pacific Ocean. Passawali, which is also the name of Chalaw's band, combines traditional Pangcah sounds with Latin rhythms and rock sensibility, traversing an emotional spectrum from intense, deep expression to light-hearted joy. A young man who has always remained true to his Pangcah roots, Chalaw cultivated his passion for music at an early age. Raised in Hualien on Taiwan's east coast, he started playing guitar at the age of 6 and drums at the age of 11. Like many youth in Taiwan seeking new opportunities and excitement, Chalaw moved to Taipei City, working in various jobs. After years of drifting through the ups and downs of life in the city, Chalaw returned to his hometown Ganshujiao in Hualien County, where he formed Passiwali with a group of musician friends. On this album, we hear simple and honest compositions -- whether songs of a gentle fisherman living a modest life, of the land and ocean, or on the state of affairs in society. But perhaps most importantly, this musical endeavor is a sincere call from Chalaw -- his offering of comfort and solace to the people of his tribal home. Befitting its name, the album 'Passiwali' represents the rising of a new sun, with sounds that bring us to a new wellspring of stories.