Hosted by Ministry of Culture and Culture Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia, the "Tea Philo" e-seminar planned and executed by INXO Arts & Culture (L) Foundation (雲手文創基金會) invited indigenous singer Sangpuy (桑布伊), who just won the 32nd Golden Melody Award for Best Aboriginal Singer, to speak and had it livestreamed on Tea Philo's Facebook page.
Sangpuy believes that creation is part of life, and exploring various creative themes from life and accumulation of life experiences has always been an indispensable source of inspiration for creators.
Sangpuy pointed out that the Puyuma is a millennia-old tribe with a very rigorous social system and is highly institutionalized. Instead of being taken over by other tribes, it has constantly expanded, with most of the Puyuma people in Taiwan today originating from the Katratripulr tribe (知本部落) in Taitung.
Sangpuy began to prepare for his first album with his father, covering tribal songs for the purpose of passing on the tribal language. During the period as he was facing the death of his father, he used his grief to create, prompting him to completing the album. He later completed his first album "dalan (桑布伊同名專輯-dalan)," and received recognition at the Golden Melody Awards.
The second album "Yaangad (椏幹)" won the American Independent Music Award, and the third album "Pulu'em (得力量 pulu'em)" received the Golden Melody Award once again.
Although various parts of the world are facing restrictions, lockdowns, and even suspension of activities and gatherings due to the impact of COVID-19, Sangpuy does not feel anxious but instead follows the trend and plans online performances.
"When you have creative inspiration, you should work hard to create, let nature take its course, and live to the fullest. The most important thing is to understand your own culture, explore your inner strength, discover the connection between yourself and your living environment, and find your identity."