Acclaimed Filipino composer Ryan Cayabyab felt overwhelmed and happy when Baylor University Men's Choir of Texas sang his song “Da Coconut Nut” inside a plane and a video of which immediately went viral. He then shared that the choir has been singing it since 2010 and revealed how they learned the classic OPM song.
“In June of 2008, an American conductor and arranger based in Japan, Randy Stenson got in touch with me (through common friend, choral conductor Dr. Joel Navarro). He narrated that he heard the song performed by an adult SATB choir in Hawaii and that he was interested in doing a TTBB adaptation of this particular SATB arrangement. The SATB locally printed version run out of stock and I no longer had it reprinted.
“Mr. Stenson was able to convince Barbara Harlow, the president of Santa Barbara Music Publishing of California (SBMPC) to contact me and have the sheet music of the arrangement published, under his choral series.
“They were able to perform this song together with the other songs in SBMPC's catalogue in the American Choral Directors National Convention sometime after the deal got through in July of 2008, and this got the version going. Hence, its popularity with select American choirs.”
WATCH: TRENDING: US school choir sings Ryan Cayabyab's 'Da Coconut Nut' song inside a plane
The composer also received an award because of this song.
“In my concert tours with the Ryan Cayabyab Singers, I usually introduce ‘Da Coconut Nut’ as the most popular song I had written, based on the accumulated views of over many dozens of versions found on the internet.
“I still grin when I tell the audience that I was given a special award by the Philippine Coconut Authority for writing the song. Hehehehehehe.”