Category Archives: Music

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

789. Curaçao’s Tata di Tumba: Anselmus ‘Boy’ Dap

Curaçao’s first Rei di Tumba in 1971, 8 time-winner composer and performer Anselmus ‘Boy’ Dap is widely considered our ‘Tata di Tumba’ (Father of Tumba). He turns 80 on October 25, 2013 and has headlined 8 Carnival parades and plenty more

789. Curaçao’s Tata di Tumba: Anselmus ‘Boy’ Dap

Curaçao’s first Rei di Tumba in 1971, 8 time-winner composer and performer Anselmus ‘Boy’ Dap is widely considered our ‘Tata di Tumba’ (Father of Tumba). He turns 80 on October 25, 2013 and has headlined 8 Carnival parades and plenty more

800. Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival

“Music’s most important element is not found in notes and keys, its true power lies in bringing people together who enjoy, experience and share it.” – G. Elias, Founder of Fundashon Bon Intenshon, Sole sponsor and organizer of Curaçao North

800. Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival

“Music’s most important element is not found in notes and keys, its true power lies in bringing people together who enjoy, experience and share it.” – G. Elias, Founder of Fundashon Bon Intenshon, Sole sponsor and organizer of Curaçao North

806. New Year Tradition Tambú: Music and Dance of Curaçao (Part 6 of 6)

Documentary filmmaker, Elizeth Labega (YouTube: “Tambú: Music and Dance of Curaçao”) explores the ‘forbidden’ nature of our indigenous music and dance. Imported from West Africa in the 1600s, Tambú music is made with a single skinned drum, a metal percussion

806. New Year Tradition Tambú: Music and Dance of Curaçao (Part 6 of 6)

Documentary filmmaker, Elizeth Labega (YouTube: “Tambú: Music and Dance of Curaçao”) explores the ‘forbidden’ nature of our indigenous music and dance. Imported from West Africa in the 1600s, Tambú music is made with a single skinned drum, a metal percussion

811. Tambú: Music and Dance of Curaçao (Part 5 of 6)

  Documentary filmmaker, Elizeth Labega (YouTube: “Tambú: Music and Dance of Curaçao”) explores the ‘forbidden’ nature of our indigenous music and dance. Imported from West Africa in the 1600s, Tambú music is made with a single skinned drum, a metal

811. Tambú: Music and Dance of Curaçao (Part 5 of 6)

  Documentary filmmaker, Elizeth Labega (YouTube: “Tambú: Music and Dance of Curaçao”) explores the ‘forbidden’ nature of our indigenous music and dance. Imported from West Africa in the 1600s, Tambú music is made with a single skinned drum, a metal

837. Tambú: Music and Dance of Curaçao – Music (Part 4 of 6)

Documentary filmmaker, Elizeth Labega (YouTube: “Tambú: Music and Dance of Curaçao”) explores the ‘forbidden’ nature of our indigenous music and dance. Imported from West Africa in the 1600s, Tambú music is made with a single skinned drum, a metal percussion

837. Tambú: Music and Dance of Curaçao – Music (Part 4 of 6)

Documentary filmmaker, Elizeth Labega (YouTube: “Tambú: Music and Dance of Curaçao”) explores the ‘forbidden’ nature of our indigenous music and dance. Imported from West Africa in the 1600s, Tambú music is made with a single skinned drum, a metal percussion

845. Curaçao “Perculturalist” Pernell Saturnino

Paquito once said to me: “Pernell Saturnino is the greatest f*#%ing percussionist in the world, because you don’t notice when he’s playing. When he stops playing, you notice!” -Mark Walker [Grammy-award winning percussionist] … as in Paquito d’Rivera, the Cuban

845. Curaçao “Perculturalist” Pernell Saturnino

Paquito once said to me: “Pernell Saturnino is the greatest f*#%ing percussionist in the world, because you don’t notice when he’s playing. When he stops playing, you notice!” -Mark Walker [Grammy-award winning percussionist] … as in Paquito d’Rivera, the Cuban

857. Izaline Calister’s “When Cold Sets In”

Ora Friu Kuminsa / When Cold Sets In by Izaline Calister (trans. by Stephanie Hasham) Close your eyes, climb Mount Christoffel, and look out… enjoy the view of Bandabou, dushi Curaçao, blue water, rocks, drought and infrou (cactus) Take a

857. Izaline Calister’s “When Cold Sets In”

Ora Friu Kuminsa / When Cold Sets In by Izaline Calister (trans. by Stephanie Hasham) Close your eyes, climb Mount Christoffel, and look out… enjoy the view of Bandabou, dushi Curaçao, blue water, rocks, drought and infrou (cactus) Take a

885. Randy Leroy’s “Ritmo Kombina”

Popular in Curaçao and the Netherlands for repeatedly scoring the #1 spot on the radio, Randy Leroy Cordelia (29) is currently hard at work on his international solo career — performing in Miami with several Top Stop Music colleagues; Prince

885. Randy Leroy’s “Ritmo Kombina”

Popular in Curaçao and the Netherlands for repeatedly scoring the #1 spot on the radio, Randy Leroy Cordelia (29) is currently hard at work on his international solo career — performing in Miami with several Top Stop Music colleagues; Prince

893. The First Female Percussion Instrument Maker in the Caribbean

Amateur-turned-professional percussion instrument maker Tatiana Saturnino-Felix (30), Founder of Tera Percussions, creates music with a special sound. A sound that emerges from the distant past. But Tatiana doesn’t actually play the instruments she creates. She has no musical training. She

893. The First Female Percussion Instrument Maker in the Caribbean

Amateur-turned-professional percussion instrument maker Tatiana Saturnino-Felix (30), Founder of Tera Percussions, creates music with a special sound. A sound that emerges from the distant past. But Tatiana doesn’t actually play the instruments she creates. She has no musical training. She

896. Full Moon Parties

Kokomo Beach is located at public beach, Vaersenbaai. According to Norman Salas, “every full moon, Kokomo Beach lights off a big bonfire and has the most energizing, revitalizing and truly amazing beach parties.” Norman Salas: “the best Dutch DJs spin

896. Full Moon Parties

Kokomo Beach is located at public beach, Vaersenbaai. According to Norman Salas, “every full moon, Kokomo Beach lights off a big bonfire and has the most energizing, revitalizing and truly amazing beach parties.” Norman Salas: “the best Dutch DJs spin

898. Zakinzá, Zakinzá. Carpenter Above King

Karpinté bieu ta “midi dos biaha pa bo zag un biaha” (An experienced carpenter “measures twice in order to saw but once”) Our (grand)mothers’ would rock us back and forth to this children’s song: Carpinté ta mas cu Rey (Carpenter

898. Zakinzá, Zakinzá. Carpenter Above King

Karpinté bieu ta “midi dos biaha pa bo zag un biaha” (An experienced carpenter “measures twice in order to saw but once”) Our (grand)mothers’ would rock us back and forth to this children’s song: Carpinté ta mas cu Rey (Carpenter

900. Kris Berry’s Voice!

Kris Berry and I went to pre-school together and back then we had matching curly-haired crop cuts (“boy cuts”). We’d run around the yard, muddy feet and hands. Play with Barbie dolls. We were both in a performing choir: Theatrum

900. Kris Berry’s Voice!

Kris Berry and I went to pre-school together and back then we had matching curly-haired crop cuts (“boy cuts”). We’d run around the yard, muddy feet and hands. Play with Barbie dolls. We were both in a performing choir: Theatrum