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Antigua’s J.Nation feat CYN – Hard Work (Official Video)

February 10, 2015
https://www.youtube.com/embed/Wx50Po-V65o

“When they have power and authority they don’t give a damn about nobody prostituting the island to all and sundry they peddlin my people’s rights exploiting, oppressing, less freedom more suffering…” ~King Short Short

This thinking and heart behind this music video renews my faith in humanity.
I believe artists are warriors for the mind and spirit. We all have that artist or creator inside that wants to speak the truth about our lives and our experiences.
This video juxtaposes the beauty that is sold  to the masses to the beauty that lies beneath Antigua & Barbudas touristic veneer.

Hard work was shot, edited & directed in Antigua & Barbuda by Justin “Jus Bus” Nation & Anderson Andrew with additional Drone Footage by Adam Anton.

The Drone footage Provides us a gorgeous cinematic glimpse in to REAL side of island living not everything is at it seems in paradise.
The video starts  with a dramatic birds eye view of a colorful shanty town in Antigua.  The song jumps right in to paint you the reality of 17 year old girls in stilletos, and how the bad boy on the corner is simply looking for a way to make his money any way he can.  An uptempo beat carries the weighty refrain “All this hard work , all this sacrifice  you don’t give a damn what lies beneath”.

Art & Culture, Chat Bout It, curacao, Festivals, Music, Night Life, Reviews, The Pulse

Paradise World – Building up the hype.

December 29, 2014

[avatar user=”DMensche” size=”thumbnail” align=”left”]Deya Mensche Willemstad, Curaçao[/avatar]

Looking back at another edition of Paradise World, where EDM met Caribbean rhythms, the budding festival with its ambitious organizers, who one day hope to rival the Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival, can look back with satisfaction. Paradise World was launched in 2012, as an intimate yet energetic event that is slowly evolving into a reputable and characteristic destination festival, with renowned headliners like Diplo from Major Lazer and enfant terrible Skrillex.

This year, Paradise World expanded its wings by partnering with the renowned Winter Music Festival based in Miami, and added a two-day music conference to the mix. The execution of the latter definitely left some room for improvement. The laid-back vibe that Paradise World is known for was taken to another level and raised quite a few eyebrows during the conference. The Q&A of Day 1 was exceptionally delayed due to the hectic partying schedule of certain participants. After distinguished guests like Bill Kelly, founder and director of WMC, and Esteban Mendez of Paradise World, finally graced us with their presence, the attendants fired off their burning questions to the panel.

An array of subjects was discussed, like Kelly’s views about ranking lists of international DJs, “not a fan due to the politics involved”, and finally what the panel’s advice was for local DJs who want to expand their wings internationally. Kelly gracefully replied that “the local DJ should work on its popularity on the home front first and establish its brand, to then find proper booking and representation abroad”. Additionally he was asked about the role of females in the male dominated world of EDM music and what effect the oversexed model-turned-DJ persona had on the industry. “With DJing, true talent quickly weeds out the wannabes from the pros, however I recognize that sex has always sold and some women choose to use that to their advantage”, Kelly concluded. “But the over-sexualisation can hurt the female DJ in the long run, so the focus should always be on the music”, both Kelly and Mendez agreed.

After the Q&A, the party continued around the Renaissance pool with its scenic ocean view, where Aruba’s DJ extraordinaire Nutzbeatz launched his most recent remix of the club banger ‘Bon Vibe’ and entertained the cool collective of enthusiasts with his captivated selections.

Day 2 of the conference kicked off with an animated Q&A with Kuenta i Tambú or KIT, who launched their much talked about production called ‘Santa Electra’ featuring famed tambú singer Doña Elia Isenia.

The video clip was directed by Selwyn de Windt and the song was produced by talented Clifford Goilo, both present to discuss their roles in the production. The panel was also attended by KIT group members Diamanta and Roël Calister, who discussed the idea behind the captivating clip and let an animated discussion about its meaning. “Santa Electra is the perfect blend between traditional and modern music, fiction and reality, and can mean a variety of things to many people”, they concluded. Again the party continued around the pool, where KIT gave an impromptu performance that jump started the festivities, which continued in Club Bermuda until the early hours.

The conference concluded with an interesting Q&A with several local EDM festival organizers, amongst others the Martel brothers of Su’legria and the organizers of the Amnesia Music Festival, who shared their thoughts on how to grow their respective events into destination festivals by adding to and improving the Curaçao entertainment export product.

Finally on Saturday it was the turn for Diplo, who surprised the audience by returning to the stage with Major Lazer, in addition to the much anticipated performance of Skrillex. The gentlemen didn’t disappoint and put on an animated 90-minute show, yet failed to blow away the audience with the theatrics like Major Lazer did the previous year. Maybe Diplo and Skrillex were a bit weary of all the traveling or the Curaçao audience failed to impress altogether, yet whatever the reason was for the somewhat lackluster performance, it was gut-wrenching to observe the animo deflate after a while for such skilled performers. This could have been attributed to the fact that the audience was significantly smaller and younger, however the ambiance was relaxed and the people seemed like they were having a good time.

The preshow started early with forgettable performances of a few up-and-coming American DJ’s. An unquestionable exception of the night was the performance of DJ Alex Sargo, who was clearly having a good time and kept the audience on its feet with his pulsating beats and impressive showmanship. Poor Alex Sargo was clearly the savior of the preshow as he was instructed to replace a DJ who was unceremoniously taken off stage, because he clearly wasn’t in synch with the Paradise World vibe.

Despite these minor hiccups, the 2014 edition of Paradise World proved to be an overall success. Nevertheless, if the organizers want to give the Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival a run for their money, they should take their conference participants more seriously and add more content to the encounters. This edition tried to be too many things to too many people and it appeared that the attention was more on partying and having fun, than growing the brand. If Paradise World is here to stay, they need to set themselves apart from the rest and carefully refine the complicated yet unique formula between EDM and Caribbean rhythms.

Almost there fellas, just a little bit more tweaking…

Overall Grade B-

 

 

Art & Culture, Feacha, Technology, The Pulse

The URBAN CHASE game preview is here!

December 1, 2014

First of it’s kind in the Caribbean! Play and win prizes as you discover the streets of Curaçao.

The Urban Chase game was created by a team of 4 people comprised of:

Margin Nahr: Game Development,
Yasser Casseres : Business Development,
AREA 51’s  Xavier Navarro  (Dopie): Marketing Management
& Ryan Navarro(QD): as its Creative Director.

The game will be available to the public on Dec 20th  in what is self-described ‘apple style’ product release event. This is where they will reveal their new app and show entire Curaçao how to play and even better WIN prizes just for playing!

It is going to be big y’all.

I KNOW some of you think this will be your new job. Hahahah!

Game play: The game is comparable to subway surfer and Temple run where you take your player through amazingly illustrated scenes from the island of Curacao.  They didn’t leave anything out either! Iguana man is in there, Andrelton Simons and every Curacaoan pigeon on Brion Plein made the cut!

I already see three reason this concept may win!
1. This truly looks like a fun game. 2.  It will be free and you will be able pick up and play it on your phone any time by picking up coins and points, no problem. 3. Because Urban Chase has you on a mission; High scorers have the opportunity to WIN great prizes from all the brand partners.

We are impressed by the hard work and dedication put in to bringing not only this game but a fresh new marketing concept to the island. We do not have all the details on how the prizes will be distributed. But I commend the partners, and sponsors who have decided to invest in this young and dynamic group for their vision. This game is beyond Urban Chase. It’s about thinking large and breaking out of small island thinking and positioning ourselves along side our peers across the globe.

Applause.

Follow urban chase on facebook for updates  ‪#‎UrbanChase‬

 

 

 

 

Art & Culture, curacao, Music, Reviews, The Pulse, World

Area 51 ft. Enmeris – Bon Bon Sexy [Lyrics Video]

November 24, 2014

Area51 just dropped their most recent single Bon Bon Sexy ft Enmeris from their upcoming album (appropriately named) The Kings Are Back.
If you enjoy that deep, from the hip, swinging bass line in true Latin Caribbean form,  the masterful fusion of global rhythms makes this song Bon Bon Sexy. The kings are back and they might have you bouncing your Bon Bons at work watch out!

Art & Culture, curacao, Music, The Pulse

Cover of A Bed of Lies ( by Nicki Minaj ) POPiamentu style by Tamara Nivillac and QD El Mago (Area 51)

November 23, 2014

“POPiamentu” is a project we started a few years ago on the island of Curacao, translating well-known pop songs into (my native language) “Papiamentu”. By doing this we try to encourage local artist to write in our own language and contribute to our own culture & legacy.

Our aim is to show that it IS POSSIBLE to write songs in a foreign language (in this case “Papiamentu”) and still reach international hit charts.

A few examples are Reggae/ Dance Hall songs in Jamaican Creole or Afrobeats in Nigerian and Ghanaian languages.In this cover “Bed of Lies” I’ve teamed up with Curacaoan rapper Qd El Mago from the group Area 51 who has several number-one hits on the island. If Nicki Minaj was born in Curacao, her part in this song would sound like this…

Special thanks to THE team Stanley Alejandro Clementina (piano/arrangement/mixing) and Thareyck Martina (videoshoot/editing/artwork).Let’s keep up the movement! ♥

Check out our past interveew with Tamara Nivillac here

Art & Culture, curacao, Music, The Pulse

Woody Ft. QD ‘s first official single reaches over 3700 views in 3 days

November 23, 2014

Woody Ft. QD ‘s first official single reaches over 3700 views in 3 days!
Congrats on your first single man. I am loving the images of Colombia  I won’t knock the hustle when it comes to that not so hidden Insel air commercial either.
If you don’t know who they are yet.  Follow them on Twitter because the Caribbean and Latin America are Massive and it looks like Gudda Getamilli is starting to move mountains to share their craft.
Curacao + Colombia represent.

Produced by: Gudda Getamilli
Mix and mastered by Mosty
Directed and Edited by Don Vinci

@oficialwoody
@dope_keyz
@qdelmago

( Insel Air you still owe me for that broken tablet, still mad)

Art & Culture, Music, The Pulse

Tamara Nivillac Releases New Single “Unda” [Video+Audio]

September 3, 2014

Tamara Nivillac Releases New Single “Unda”.

The Curaçaoan recording artist is releasing her second single and music video. Willemstad, Curacao, NA –
Tamara Nivillac is preparing to release her second single entitled “Unda” on September 3th, 2014.

The songstress is on the island of Curaçao for a short stay to perform at the “After (Curacao North Sea) Jazz” party and is taking the opportunity to release her new single and music video along with a brief media promo as well as several performances.

For her second single Tamara teamed up once again with producer and dear
friend Stanley Alejandro Clementina, whom she’s also worked with on her debut
single “Gosa” (Enjoy), launched in March of this year. Featuring on this new track is internationally renowned jazz guitarist Jean Jacques Rojer.

In contrast to her swinging debut single, “Unda” is a somewhat melancholic ballad sang in her native language “Papiamentu”. “Unda” literally means “Where” but in context of this song it translates to “Where do we go from here”.

Tamara defines her music as Acoustic Afro-Caribbean Soul. Besides singing in
“Papiamentu” Tamara also writes songs in English or a combination of both
languages. “Through my years of experience in the music industry I’ve come to realize that music is universal and it’s something that had to be felt and not necessarily understood.” – Tamara Nivillac

With this new self-written song Tamara officially debuts as a singer songwriter.

The track will be available on (among others) iTunes, Skèmpi and Spotify.

Art & Culture, Interviews, The Pulse

Michael Brown AKA Best Whistler in the World! Shout Out

July 12, 2014

Michael Brown, is a talented artist and reggae musician in Curacao. If you walk down the Riffort Area of Otrabanda on the tourist area near the EmmaBrug, a beautiful historic floating bridge that links the Downtown areas of Punda and Otrobanda together. You will find him and his band member from Isoko entertaining the crowds with some, and sometimes a song made up just for you. Be sure to ask to see his meticulously hand-carved walking sticks! OR just him give you a call on the “Telephone”

Art & Culture, Interviews, Lifestyle, Music, The Pulse

Izaline Calister Does Her Powerful Voice Still Ring True? 2007 Interview

June 18, 2014

“…Support means providing information, workshops and lectures so that everyone may have access to all the tools and opportunities I used to reach my goal. This is a very hands-on type of support. I believe it is also important to have an educational system kids can turn to, to develop their talents. This is the only way to keep local music alive, interesting and developing. It needs to grow, develop and be injected with new blood and ideas.”


Name:
Izaline Francisca Juanita Calister
Date of Birth9th of March but the year is a big big secret
Place of Birth: The beautiful sunny island of Curacao

Your connection to the Caribbean: I was born there and lived there most of my life, the most important formative part of my live there. I love the vibe, the sounds, the colours, the music, the people……need I go on???
Highschool attended: Radulphus College. Willemstad, Curaçao
Current Studies /Occupation: Well I finished studying a few years ago. I studied Business Administration in Groningen and when I finished this I studied Music in Groningen as well and graduated in 1998.

What is or are the accomplishments you are most proud of up to now?

Bringing the music that I write and sing in my own language papiamentu, to all parts of the world. There is no greater feeling than noticing that it works everywhere and people leave the concert with a happy smile on their face even if they don’t understand a word I am singing.


Who has been your inspiration?

Oswin ‘chin’ Behilia, Richard Bona, Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, Sara Tavares. Artists from different parts of the world who create by mixing and matching different influences in a unique way.

What are the choices you made that you believe have brought you to where you are today?
Early on in my career I decided to be a true professional; to always be on time, always well prepared, always fair and straight, always friendly….and artistically always follow my gut feeling and my heart.

What do you feel about the state of Antillean music in General?
There is a lot happening and brewing underground. I can’t wait to hear and see what is going to come up in a few years.

How do you feel you are contributing to the evolution of Antillean music?
That is one of the things I am most proud of. I know that even if it is for a small part, my music and my success abroad, a lot of young musicians on my island are now daring to dream bigger dreams. People are now more aware of the richness of our music and culture even though we are a small island. They are finding more and more ways to express their pride.

What do you prefer to do on one of those “I have nothing else to do, no obligation,chill out type of days” in Holland? Those days are very rare for me. But when I have them I love to go see a concert by artists I admire, catch a movie or just curl up on the couch and watch a nice series on DVD. Nowadays I have two addictions: Grey’s Anatomy and Heroes.

How do you feel about the state of contemporary music on the islands/or Holland? Well, sometimes I miss some originality I guess. I think people are too obsessed about being succesful instead of being original. Thank Goodness you always have special quircky individuals that will try something new and make it hip to be special for a while. I love real musicians, real singers, and real songwriters. I hope they are the ones who will keep on prevailing in this world filled with plastic, computer enhanced artists.

 

How do you think we can improve music education on the islands?
I hope the government realizes how important music education is for it’s people. We need a proper way of teaching so children can get a good basic music education. We need a way to detect kids that have a special inclination or talent early on. We need ways to make sure gifted children fully develop their talents.

For this we need a methodology that fits our culture and people. This has to be designed and thoroughly thought over. This requires money, determination, tools and knowledge. We also need to realize that this should be an ongoing process with a long breath. The government is the first who can help in this process. Then we need rolemodels who are willing to teach, talk, advise, listen and form. Here is where I see a big role for me and my fellow musicians.

 

Why do you believe it is important to support local music, and what does Support mean to you?
Support means providing information, workshops and lectures so that everyone may have access to all the tools and opportunities I used to reach my goal.

This is a very hands-on type of support. I believe it is also important to have an educational system kids can turn to, to develop their talents. This is the only way to keep local music alive, interesting and developing. It needs to grow, develop and be injected with new blood and ideas.

What’s the top five on your Play List?

- Eyala-Richard Bona
- Lisboa Kuya- Sara Tavares
- Be still my heart-Silje Nergaard
- When morning comes-Dianne Reeves
- James-Pat Metheny
What is your favorite song in Papiamentu?
No bai by Oswin ‘Chin’ Behilia

Any new projects or new sounds? 
I am preparing a new CD. I want to try something new but don’t know what yet. I’m thinking, trying, experimenting, writing, tossing and turning…….so I guess it’s 2008 were watching out for.

Message to the Global Community:
“
Keep supporting the music from lesser known parts of the world. You
 might never know what kind of gems you may encounter and be very pleasantly surprised by music from the smallest of islands.


Shout-out to the Caribflava (The UCC) community:
Hi guys, I feel honored to be part of this community. With ears and eyes wide open to what is happening in the Caribbean region and beyond. Thank you for making me feel so welcome!

( UPDATE: Watch her perform for the King and queen of the Netherlands in April of this year 2014)