A number of artists with strong roots in the Dutch Antilles have recently established their musical language and done justice to their talent. One of them is Ir-sais (Irgwin Placido Sluis), who was raised on the Caribbean island of Bonaire. His latest hit single is called ABC, an abbreviation for Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. The lyrics are written in Papiamento and the genre could be referred to as a mix of zouk and pop music.
Check out the video below that leaves nothing to be desired for the promotion of the ABC-islands.
Ir-Sais has started a producer studio at his home, mixing zouk with pop and appealing to a growing crowd of Antilles music lovers. With the quality of songs like ABC one would soon expect an audience outside the Caribbean and the Netherlands and it is hoped that the Papiemento dialect is no hindrance. Wasn’t ABC one of the first signature songs of Michael Jackson when he was still part of the Jackson 5?
Kassav’ was formed almost 35 years ago and the band has totally retained its strength. The core members (personal favorite Jacob Desvarieux, Georges Décimus, Jean Philippe Marthely, Jean Claude Naimro and Jocelyne Beroard) gave a very engaging and swinging show in Amsterdam. With an endless repertoire songs were often put into one big medley, loudly sang along by most of the audience, who seemed to know all the songs in French Antillean Creole, such as Siwo, Ou Lé, Zouk La Se Sel Medikaman Nou Ni, Soleil, Oh Madiana and Doméyis. It was an evening full of superior musicianship.
Dr. Jose Chameleone has released a new song called ‘Tubonge’. It was issued this week and according to his Facebook profile the video clip is ‘charged up’. Tubonge is trying out his trusty recipe, merging rumba guitars, gospel and an African zouk beat. The song is more up-tempo and less repetitive than ‘Badilisha‘, his previous hit single, and the build-up to the chorus is likely to take crowds away instantly.
Unlike many of his West-African contemporaries, Ugandan superstar Chameleone often sings in his native language (Luganda), immersing his songs in African swag.
Enjoy his new hit song and check the video!