The name Bamboo is shared by multiple artists: Bamboo (the soloist) is a rap artist, singer, producer from Philadelphia living in Pittsburgh, PA. His second, new full-length album is sleighted for release in 2011. Bamboo (the band) was an alternative rock band founded in 2002 in the Philippines by vocalist Bamboo Mañalac. Contrary to popular belief, the band was not named after him. According to guitarist Ira Cruz, the word bamboo also relates to strength and durability with an island feel to it. Rounding up the band are Nathan Azarcon on bass and Vic Mercado on drums.