Category Archives: Music

654. Purple Rain in Curaçao

An eleventh hour replacement for Usher in an already incredible, once-in-a-lifetime Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival 2013 line-up (Diana Ross! Gladys Knight! Toto! Marc Anthony! Erykah Badu! Toto! Luis Miguel! Esperanza Spalding! The Roots!), Prince – who has produced ten platinum

654. Purple Rain in Curaçao

An eleventh hour replacement for Usher in an already incredible, once-in-a-lifetime Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival 2013 line-up (Diana Ross! Gladys Knight! Toto! Marc Anthony! Erykah Badu! Toto! Luis Miguel! Esperanza Spalding! The Roots!), Prince – who has produced ten platinum

660. Curaçao’s Most Eligible Bacholerette

Singer / Songwriter Kizzy Getrouw’s father is of Surinamese descent and her mother is from St. Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean), but Kizzy was born in the Netherlands and grew up in Curaçao. Kizzy succumbed to her talent for performance from an

660. Curaçao’s Most Eligible Bacholerette

Singer / Songwriter Kizzy Getrouw’s father is of Surinamese descent and her mother is from St. Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean), but Kizzy was born in the Netherlands and grew up in Curaçao. Kizzy succumbed to her talent for performance from an

662. Curaçao on Billboard Top 10

Born and raised in Curaçao, singer / songwriter Ephrem Jonathan (‘Ephrem J’) Ocalia’s father encouraged him to perform in local talent shows and competitions from an early age.  Ephrem honed his craft and became a Curaçao institution, so much so that he decided to

662. Curaçao on Billboard Top 10

Born and raised in Curaçao, singer / songwriter Ephrem Jonathan (‘Ephrem J’) Ocalia’s father encouraged him to perform in local talent shows and competitions from an early age.  Ephrem honed his craft and became a Curaçao institution, so much so that he decided to

670. Salsa Giants in Curaçao

Last summer over 12,000 music lovers gathered at the Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival 2012 for a once-in-a-lifetime treat: Sergio George united the world’s Salsa Giants on one stage: Marc Anthony, Oscar D’Leon, Cheo Feliciano, Luis Enrique, Andy Montanyez, Willy Chirino, Jose Alberto “El Canario”,

670. Salsa Giants in Curaçao

Last summer over 12,000 music lovers gathered at the Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival 2012 for a once-in-a-lifetime treat: Sergio George united the world’s Salsa Giants on one stage: Marc Anthony, Oscar D’Leon, Cheo Feliciano, Luis Enrique, Andy Montanyez, Willy Chirino, Jose Alberto “El Canario”,

679. Curaçao Music Box

Written by Ieteke Witteveen. Edited by Carolina Gomes-Casseres.  A Euro-inspired roving barrel piano with a cranking handle on its side marks our special occasions (christenings, communions, birthday parties and cultural events) and is a fixture at our siman di kultura. Our ka’i orgel

679. Curaçao Music Box

Written by Ieteke Witteveen. Edited by Carolina Gomes-Casseres.  A Euro-inspired roving barrel piano with a cranking handle on its side marks our special occasions (christenings, communions, birthday parties and cultural events) and is a fixture at our siman di kultura. Our ka’i orgel

682. Bòmbòshi: One Word, Many Meanings

The first “Keep Calm and Carry On” appeared on a World War II-era British public safety poster, commissioned by the temporary Ministry of Information of England in 1939. The slogan was tucked away for many years then experienced a major

682. Bòmbòshi: One Word, Many Meanings

The first “Keep Calm and Carry On” appeared on a World War II-era British public safety poster, commissioned by the temporary Ministry of Information of England in 1939. The slogan was tucked away for many years then experienced a major

684. Izaline Calister’s “No Love Without Freedom”

Review by Jairo Lobo Sometimes you stumble upon these marvelous little delights; bright gems that bear witness to the power and importance of sincerity and love, both in daily life and within the art itself. Izaline Calister and the Volksoperahuis’ new musical “Geen

684. Izaline Calister’s “No Love Without Freedom”

Review by Jairo Lobo Sometimes you stumble upon these marvelous little delights; bright gems that bear witness to the power and importance of sincerity and love, both in daily life and within the art itself. Izaline Calister and the Volksoperahuis’ new musical “Geen

687. The First Opera in Papiamentu

The Brainchild and Labor of Love of Tania Kross, Carel de Haseth and Randal Corsen ‘KATIBU DI SHON’ IS AN UNMISTAKABLE ENRICHMENT OF OUR CULTURAL HERITAGE – Katibu di Shon, opera, seen on the Opening Night, July 1st 2013 at

687. The First Opera in Papiamentu

The Brainchild and Labor of Love of Tania Kross, Carel de Haseth and Randal Corsen ‘KATIBU DI SHON’ IS AN UNMISTAKABLE ENRICHMENT OF OUR CULTURAL HERITAGE – Katibu di Shon, opera, seen on the Opening Night, July 1st 2013 at

692. Curaçao’s Freedom Fighters

“The monument can be the beginning of the healing process… Descendants of the slave owners… must also come and look at this monument… and say and believe that such a thing will never happen again. Then we can let bygones

692. Curaçao’s Freedom Fighters

“The monument can be the beginning of the healing process… Descendants of the slave owners… must also come and look at this monument… and say and believe that such a thing will never happen again. Then we can let bygones

699. Curaçao Nostalgia

1000 Awesome Things about Curaçao was born out of nostalgia. Not the debilitating kind, the kind that empowers. I’ve spent my entire adult life in the US, yet still consider Curaçao ‘home’. It’s where I express my emotions in Papiamentu,

699. Curaçao Nostalgia

1000 Awesome Things about Curaçao was born out of nostalgia. Not the debilitating kind, the kind that empowers. I’ve spent my entire adult life in the US, yet still consider Curaçao ‘home’. It’s where I express my emotions in Papiamentu,

708. Curaçao’s Spotify: Skèmpi

The entire world dances to Psy’s “Gangnam Style” and Michel Teló’s “Ai Se Eu Te Pego”… without understanding a lick of Korean and Portuguese. Bob Marley transports us to Jamaica’s Blue Mountains with his “Songs of Freedom”, Alicia Keys lets

708. Curaçao’s Spotify: Skèmpi

The entire world dances to Psy’s “Gangnam Style” and Michel Teló’s “Ai Se Eu Te Pego”… without understanding a lick of Korean and Portuguese. Bob Marley transports us to Jamaica’s Blue Mountains with his “Songs of Freedom”, Alicia Keys lets

729. Curaçao’s Spirited Cow Horn

Before trumpets, trombones and loudspeakers, we had our ‘Kachu’ (pronounced: ‘Ka-choo’) or ‘Kachu di Baka’ (cow’s horn). We can’t take full credit, we probably imported her from Central Africa, the Bantu people would make her out of antelope horns. Our

729. Curaçao’s Spirited Cow Horn

Before trumpets, trombones and loudspeakers, we had our ‘Kachu’ (pronounced: ‘Ka-choo’) or ‘Kachu di Baka’ (cow’s horn). We can’t take full credit, we probably imported her from Central Africa, the Bantu people would make her out of antelope horns. Our

749. Curaçao’s Fierce Female Voices

Tania Kross / HOPE Elia Isenia / “Mi Pueblo A Mandami” (Tumba 2010) Izaline Calister / “Mi Pais” Kris Berry /  “Holy Joe (And The Ferris Wheel)” Dorothy Sherman from Shermanology  / “Can’t Stop Me” Skylar Dayne / “Little Things” – One Direction (Cover) Giovanca

749. Curaçao’s Fierce Female Voices

Tania Kross / HOPE Elia Isenia / “Mi Pueblo A Mandami” (Tumba 2010) Izaline Calister / “Mi Pais” Kris Berry /  “Holy Joe (And The Ferris Wheel)” Dorothy Sherman from Shermanology  / “Can’t Stop Me” Skylar Dayne / “Little Things” – One Direction (Cover) Giovanca

763. Dushi Playlist

In the words of NYTimes “Curacao After Dark” author Baz Dreisinger, “Ritmo is very much Afro-Curaçaoan music, sometimes disturbingly derided as the music of the lower classes. As the band — three singers, two horn players, a drummer, a timbalero

763. Dushi Playlist

In the words of NYTimes “Curacao After Dark” author Baz Dreisinger, “Ritmo is very much Afro-Curaçaoan music, sometimes disturbingly derided as the music of the lower classes. As the band — three singers, two horn players, a drummer, a timbalero

774. 5 Lessons from Curaçao Guitarist Julian Coco

Julian Basilico Coco (1924 – 2013)  grew up during Curaçao’s Shell-led migration from the kunuku to Otrobanda. He was part of the rising black middle class who brought along tambú music until then considered taboo by the urban mostly white, waltz

774. 5 Lessons from Curaçao Guitarist Julian Coco

Julian Basilico Coco (1924 – 2013)  grew up during Curaçao’s Shell-led migration from the kunuku to Otrobanda. He was part of the rising black middle class who brought along tambú music until then considered taboo by the urban mostly white, waltz