Ena Mori Is The Only Filipino Artist At SXSW’s All-Asian Music Festival In Texas

Help ena mori get to Texas!

Oh, and ena mori also needs your help to get to this historic event!

There is always that distinct sense of pride and delight when a homegrown Filipino artist is given the opportunity to get that much-deserved international spotlight. That is the case with emerging Manila-based singer-songwriter ena mori, who has just been announced as one of the music acts to be featured in Tiger Den, an all-Asian music event to be held in South by Southwest® Music Festival (SXSW®) next month. The only Filipino musician in the lineup, Ena Mori is set to rep local talent in the world stage this year. And she needs all of our support to make that possible.

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Organized by Asian-owned American entertainment company, Jaded, and the Seoul-based alternative K-pop band, Balming Tiger, Tiger Den is the first full-day music event in SXSW history to exclusively feature artists from the Asian region and diaspora. They have curated a lineup of a whopping 19 artists on this historic event that will make some noise at the stages of Cheer Up Charlies in downtown Austin, Texas, on March 15, 2023.

“Balming Tiger and Jaded share a mutual goal to champion Asian youth culture throughout the world,” says Balming Tiger’s director San Yawn. “We are excited to introduce many rising talents to a new audience, and to bring our positive message and energy to Austin once again.” 

Tiger Den poster
Tiger Den poster

Tiger Den is an evolution of Jaded and Balming Tiger’s individual inaugural events at SXSW 2022, both making histories as the first pan-Asian cross-genre official showcase and the first Korean artist-presented official showcase in SXSW history. This synergistic partnership continues and even gets expanded this year as they host young and up-and-coming artists from all of Asia.

Headlined by Balming Tiger, Tiger Den features performances from Asian music acts like Singaporean pop artist Shye, Malaysian R&B artist Lunadira, Indonesian hip-hop artists Yacko & Tuan Tigabelas, and of course, the Philippines’ very own pop soloist ena mori among others. Most of these exciting artists, including ena mori, mark their first-time traveling and performing stateside. 

Ena Mori
ena mori

“Not only it will be my first time performing in the States but being able to represent my heritage as an Asian artist at Tiger Den is exciting and nerve-racking at the same time,” the half-Japanese, half-Filipino ena mori enthuses. “I am looking forward to experiencing incredible music with many artists and meeting them in person!” 


Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conferences and festivals that celebrate the convergence of tech, film and television, music, education, and culture. Every March, it becomes an essential destination for global professionals which features sessions, music, film screenings, exhibitions, professional development, and a variety of networking opportunities.

And for a Filipino artist to be included in this high-profile event is definitely a big deal as it gives one a great amount of exposure to the international audience and creatives. Ena mori, being the only Filipino music act in the Tiger Den pack, is single-handedly representing Pinoy talent in this history-making event, and for that, we’re already proud of her feat. 

But ena mori still needs our help to realize her dream. Because most of the expenses in the event will be shouldered by the artist, it proves to be too great an undertaking for the pop wonder that we all need to rally behind her, stat. 

“I am so grateful that I got this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and it would mean the world to me if you can help me reach my dream,” writes ena in an Instagram post. Describing herself as a “walking musical paradox,” she released her debut album, Don’t Blame The Wild One!, last year and was considered as Asia’s best. “I love you all and I’m hopeful and excited for what’s about to come.” Donations can also be made through ena mori’s digital bank details as posted on her Instagram account. Let’s help a fellow Pinoy get that dream come true. 

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