40 Years of Surinamese Music in the Netherlands. The musical torchbearers + 2 CD

Voorplat-7540 Years of Surinamese Music in the Netherlands + 2 CD
The musical torchbearers

Marcel Weltak, Robin Austen, Guilly Koster (final editing)
Translated into English by Scott Rollins
Paperback with flaps, 104 pages
Illustrated with more than 40 fullpage fullcolour photographs
2 cd’s, each 20 tracks, resp. 71:59 and 73:50 minutes
€ 25,-
September 2016
ISBN 978-90-6265-936-4

On the eve of Surinamese independence on November 25, 1975, large numbers of Surinamers emigrated to the Netherlands bringing an entire range of cultural expressions with them that naturally included music. The new fatherland offered fresh opportunities for the Surinamese musical flame to burn. For one thing, it was simply easier to buy an instrument in the Netherlands and being able to attend festivals and concerts brought Surinamese musicians into contact with colleagues from all around the world. Their dreams became musical reality. Musicians born in Coronie, Nickerie, or Paramaribo took stages by storm throughout Europe and far beyond. The notes in the souls of the artists sparked flames. These flames in turn ignited torches. We call those who were actually able to realize their artistic ideas and who led the way down what were sometimes untrodden musical paths, musical torchbearers, a.o. Fra Fra Sound, Lieve Hugo, Ronald Snijders, Robby Harman, Kenny B., Gerda Havertong, Trafassi, Dave MacDonald, P-I Man, Robbie Alberga, Djinti, Iwan van Hetten, Andro Biswane, Manoushka Zeegelaar Breeveld, Jeannine LaRose, Norman van Geerke maar ook Oema Soso, Funmasters, Ewald Krolis, Pawana and Raj Mohan. With the making of this musical survey (presenting 40 artists in words and images plus a number/composition of each of them on the 2 CD included) a significant portion of Surinamese Dutch cultural legacy has been documented for present and future generations.
See here for the Dutch edition
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