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Discover ParadiseWorld Music Festival! – Selwyn de Wind Interviews DJ Diplo!

November 28, 2014

Selwyn De Wind interviews DJ Diplo who will be featured together with DJ Skrillex at the Paradiseworld Music festival/conference<—(link to event )style event in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles.
For more information check out Selwyn’s page he is known and admired for his radio and TV personality who has made his mark with his music, video  film and production projects. Check out his blog : selwyndewind.wordpress.com

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Interview with Dr Desiree Hooi MD, Research Physician ( HPV)| Fundashon Prevenshon | Part 1

November 27, 2014

 

Ever since I was little I had two loves, music and medicine. I possessed a precocious curiosity about the “science” of life in general. I always knew that one day I was going to become a Medical Doctor and I was well aware that there would be a long road ahead.


I studied medicine with a goal to understand the behaviors and mechanisms behind human bodily functions and to find (the solution or the cure) for specific diseases.

I believe that the urge for finding these answers has brought me to where I am today; studying and working as a medical professional and researcher. However, I have since learned that studying medicine was not enough to answer all the questions about this thing we call life!

 


 

 

Can you tell us about how you started working for Fundashon Prevenshon?

Since my return from Costa Rica I  have worked as a general practitioner and as physician assistant at the Neurology ward in the General Hospital.

In November 2012 a former colleague, the actual director of Fundashon Prevenshon Ms. L. Elstak who always I have considered a role model, brought me in contact with professor Pinedo. I was offered a job as a research physician on the HPV and Cervical cancer program. At that moment I thought that I could keep my interest in science. I consider this an opportunity to do medical research on Curaçao with the well-respected global authority in medicine; emeritus Professor Bob Pinedo.

Of course I saw the opportunity to work on uniform guidelines, developed and adapted to our specific community. From my experiences I had so far, I want to contribute, by means of evidence-based research projects to set these guidelines and safeguards.

 

 

What is Fundashon Prevenshon?

Fundashon Prevenshon is a private foundation that was founded by Emeritus Professor H.M.(Bob) Pinedo and Mr. L. (Paps) Capriles with the objective of supporting and administering a center for the prevention of disease in Curaçao. As of 28th of October 2009, the foundation has been listed at the Ministry of Health of Curaçao and is situated at the Klipstraat 11 in Otrobanda.

What is HPV?

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexual transmitted disease and it’s a well-established cause of cervical cancer. Although cervical cancer is the most common cancer caused by the HPV virus, studies have shown that the virus can also cause cancer in areas such as anus, vagina, vulva, penis, and oropharynx. It represents an additional 0·7% of all cancer sites in men and women, meaning that HPV is estimated to be responsible for 5·2% of all cancers worldwide.

 

What research projects are you currently working on?

I am  the person responsible for writing the protocol, organizing the population screening associated with scientific research about HPV and cervical cancer. I will perform the scientific research by collecting 1000 Pap smears and HPV samples.  All the participants of the scientific research will receive a self-test. It will be a total of approximately 2000 HPV samples that I will be analyzing in the lab.  Last year we already did a pilot trial consisting of 253 women in order to have preliminary results and analyze the work and study the logistics.

Currently, I am working on data analysis of a study we just have finished in The Netherlands consisting out of HPV genotype on paraffin embedded cancer and pre-cancer material in Curaçao women from 2003 to 2013. This study was done to specify which HPV genotype is causing cancer in our population  which is relevant issue to address in order to introduce the HPV vaccination.

“…many women are not aware of having their cervix intact after having the uterus removed.”

There is also another ongoing analysis happening in tandem with this research to help pin-point the number of women who have had hysterectomies (uterus extirpation) with intact cervix.  An interestnig fact we came to find during the first trial was that many women are not aware of having their cervix intact after having the uterus removed. This must be considered a risk for developing cervical cancer, espescially if these women still have their cervix and do not routinely have a Pap smear done. We will analyze this population in order to tackle the situation of awareness and to incorporate this group in the population-screening program.

We will work with the organization to start  randomized research in 1000 women in the coming months. This study will be realized under the supervision of Professors at VU mc Vrije University of Amsterdam and DDL Diagnostic Center at Rijswijk in the Netherlands. A local Gynecologist and Professor Pinedo are involved to support the research and for advice.


Besides this being an important opportunity for the population of Curaçao, I will also obtain my doctorate in science and medicine with the completion of this PhD study.

So, is HPV currently a public health issue in the Caribbean?

Caribbean data reveals that cervical cancer is ranking second place in most common cancer among women in the Caribbean. HPV is the established cause of this type of cancer. There is currently not enough data reported regarding the HPV virus and its effects in the Caribbean; not all islands have implemented a cervical cancer-screening program within their communities. Furthermore, even with the introduction of the HPV vaccine most Caribbean islands currently do not have a government regulated vaccination program.

 

 

“…Caribbean data reveals that cervical cancer is ranking second place in most common cancer among women in the Caribbean. “



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However, there have been findings of cancers caused by this very contagious sexual transmitted virus in the cervix (feminine organ) and also in other tissues in both man and women e.g. vulva, vagina, anus, oral cavity and throat in women. There are reports of HPV being found in men with cancer of the penis, anus, oral and throat cavity.


That is why we are working diligently to educate and stimulate the population to participate in screening programs and be aware that this is not only a female but also a male public health issue.

 

How is this study geared towards the Curaçao community and how are test subjects picked out?

Subjects are selected according to the needs and the current situation in the population. Prior to the scientific study, a literature analysis will be done. The reason is to analyze existing publications on this subject and to determine the importance of the results for this population. This HPV study on Curaçao will start from scratch. There is little data available in the Caribbean. Some of the results are well-known from Jamaica and Cuba but considering the fact that the mortality rate for cervical cancer is high in the Caribbean, more studies are requested in order to address this form of cancer in the right manner.

 

CF: Wow! That is a lot to digest on a daily basis! Can you tell us a little more about yourself and how you spend any free time you have left? 

 

I am a dreamer and a believer. I am  also very ambitious and always think about the bigger picture. If you really want something it depends on you and only you to achieve that goal.

 

The most important thing is to never give up. Everything is possible when you dream & when you believe. I have a saying since my childhood: “This world is big enough for all my dreams, and small enough for me to achieve them” (quote by me). Prior to my medical study, I graduated as a Registered Nurse. At age 16 I started to work as intern aspirant nurse at the St. Elisabeth Hospital in Curaçao.

I find it incredibly inspiring to be part of this scientific study. I work hard to stay on the right track to achieve this goal and fully contribute to my community.  This survey requires a lot of time for reading other studies and analyzing the results. Working in the lab is a challenge of endurance and concentration. The calculations and the discussion on the results with my supervisors contribute each day to get a better understanding of the behavior of the HPV virus genotypes on the island.  Furthermore, providing information to patients and other interested parties is inherent in my profession and gives me great satisfaction.


My balance in this scientific research is music and I play the ‘Cuatro’ instrument. I love music and I compose my own songs. I have several compositions and a c.d. to be published with 9 self composed songs. I am a member of a 25 person choir. Making music together and studying the details of the different voices and the various musical instruments is one of my hobbies. I’m part of the folkloric music group “Tipiko Pasabon”. I play Cuatro in harp & Cuatro duets with Marco Dorothea. I also play with my beloved uncle Rudy Plaate on special occasions.  Benito (Broertje) Dolorita, Alberto (Betto) Betrian, Eduardo Pereira, Norman Moron, Lindo Casper, Hershel Rosario, are some more local musicians I used to perform with.

I can now travel less while I complete this study, but I cannot wait for the day I can act and perform in theaters and musicals again.
Also, when I do have some free evening hours I like to try and stop the clock by enjoying a self made dish with family and friends.
My cooking skills come from my curiosity for other cultures and I find experimenting with existing recipes helps bring the travel back to me.

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

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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)

Reviews, Technology, The Pulse

Skempi App | Like Carrying “Home” In Your Pocket

October 24, 2014

Skempi.com is the brain child of Gino Jacobs and Bouduino De Jong. Which is a very successful attempt to connect our far flung brothers and sisters with the music that is part of their heritage.

For a young lady living just about across the world from my Caribbean roots in L.A. Skempi.com both hit me with nostalgia and soothed me with its inclusion. Basically, exactly what one expects from such a site. The song choices are varied, the sound clean, and the site is easily navigated.

I did notice an unequal balance in the amount of male artists vs. female ones. This disparity, while true worldwide, seems especially stark here. This can hardly be blamed on the creators of this site, and it is my hope as time goes by that we can see a broader selection of female artists. Also, this may just be out of personal preference, but more information about the albums, i.e. date of release, wouldn’t be remiss either.

To be clear, none of that interferes with what is essentially a nostalgic dip into the past. That said this site also does its best to showcase and promote current artists. Giving displaced “YDK” ( Yiu di Korsow) such as myself a window into current events, and even language.

Languages tend to change with the nuances of time, thus nothing holds you closer to a country or a culture than its voices. And for us living far away from any such norms… skempi.com is like carrying “home” in your pocket.

 

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Sombra Di Kolo | Trailer [Video]

September 30, 2014

I have to say I am stoked by the analysis and the conversation that can spiral out of their journey in to the hearts and minds of a Curacaoan. I am sure this discussion on race will resonate to many of the different Islands. CONGRATS @Angela Warwaru Roe for this tremendous accomplishment.

ABOUT:
Sombra di Koló — The Shadow Of Color
In five neighbourhoods, each distinct in their racial and class make-up, a total of thirty Curaçaoans of all ages and all walks of life share what “race” and “skin color” mean to them today.

Sombra di Koló / the Shadow of Color is a documentary project by Warwarú Productions and De Wind Imaging.
Curaçaoan/Surinamese/Dutch anthropologist Angela Roe teamed up with Curaçaoan filmmakers Selwyn de Wind and Hester Jonkhout to examine the meanings and consequences of race and skin color in contemporary Curaçao.

Curaçao, a small Caribbean island off the Venezuelan coast, was once an important Dutch colony. It has a population of approximately 140.000 people that is racially and especially ethnically diverse, yet predominantly of African descent.

In this post-colonial society, what do people think about skin color? How is color connected to class? Does race still matter?

The goal of the documentary Sombra di Koló is to break open the taboo on color and race relations, and to start a constructive national dialogue on a topic that affects us all, because everyone has a color.

We know what it is like to live inside our own skin, but we don’t really know what life is like for others who don’t look like us. We speculate, we have stereotypical ideas about others, but this film invites you to listen to stories that sound like your own, and stories that you never thought about.

With music by Datapanik

Producer, Director, Researcher: Angela E. Roe. Director of Photography: Selwyn de Wind, Hester Jonkhout, Kirk Claes, Octavio Curiel. Editor: Hester Jonkhout. Coloring: Selwyn de Wind. Graphics & Animation: Kirk Claes. Audio Post Production: Ralph Durgaram. Creative Advisor: Felix de Rooy. Production Assistance: Jeritsa Ignecia, Pito Polo, Giany Martis, Marieke Linders, Anja Steffens, Eugenique Wilkins, Nneka Tielman, Rebecca Steffens, Ryanne Van Der Linde, and Vanessa Abad.

Sombra di Koló is made possible with the support of our funds and sponsors:
Refineria Isla Curaçao B.V., Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Caribisch Gebied, Samenwerkende Fondsen Nederlands Gebiedsdeel, Maduro Curiels’ Bank, Kooyman, Act II, Medical Laboratory Services, Curacao Tourism Board, Korpodeko, Burgers & Fung A Loi Notaries, Banco di Caribe, Ennia, Mau Asam Travel, Curacao Ports Authority, Europe West Indies Trading, and KDZ Accountanting Support B.V.

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.

Night Life, The Pulse

Kokomo Beach, Full Moon Party! | Curacao

July 13, 2014

Kokomo’s Full Moon Beach Party, is THE largest Monthly event in Curaçao.  We wanted to see for ourselves if the werewolves did come out during a full moon.

We were not disappointed.

This is a MUST ATTEND party if you happen to be visiting Curaçao during a full moon!
Special Thanks to:

Kokomo Beach: Perry van de Mosselaar
Full Moon Party
DJ Viva La Diva
Deya Mensche, In Ya Face Entertainment
Alexander Frass Bryan, Camera and awesomeness