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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.”

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)

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Tamara Nivillac (video) – CURACAO

April 13, 2014

Tamara Nivillac sits down to chat with carib-flava during her Single Gosa’s Debut.
Special thanks to Evolution Studios Curaçao.

Willemstad, Curaçao.
By Deya Mensche

Tamara Nivillac’s first single “Gosa” (available on itunes :
Written and produced by Stanley Alejandro Clementina.  Art Direction and video production by Junior Tecla.

Videoclip by INNOVATIV Productions (Lennon Aniceta).……

Lyrics: “Gosa”

Basta tempu b’a entreg’é
Kada momentu bo ta anhela riba dje
Den bo body bo ta sinti’é
Surrender to the rhythm of your heart and soul

Koro: Gosa 4*
Gosa gosa gosa un bes
Den e bida aki bo tin mester
Kur’é herida den bo ser
Enjoy the life your given

Bebe un gota no kremench’é
Consume life don’t throw it away
Kada un paso bo marka bo a vense
Lanta para no lamenta bo rekompensa ta prepara
Cherish life, don’t ever let go

Koro: Gosa 4*
Gosa gosa gosa un bes
Den e bida aki bo tin mester
Kur’é herida den bo ser
Enjoy the life your given

Gosa bo ta gosa
M’a mirabo bo ta sinta wak
Kada un paso pa dilanti b’a persevera
Bo ta sinta wak pero no lubida

Bo ta sinta bo ta sinta
Bo n’ ta gosa bo n’ ta gosa

Koro: Gosa 4*
Bria pa bo mes
Lanta bo move
Ta bo mes tin ku traha riba dje
Hasi esfuerso pa logr’é
M’a mira bo blo ta sinta
Ai dikon bo no ke bringa?
M’a mira bo blo ta sinta ta sinta no warda riba mayan

Music, The Pulse

Gee Money – SXM

April 12, 2014

Name: Gee Money

Date of Birth: Sept. 25 2007 (Not yet born, still a work in progress)

Place of birth: Staten Island (Shaolin) N.Y.C.

Current location: St. Maarten N.A. (We’ll have to see about the N.A.)

Current Occupation: Radio Host for St. Maarten’s #1 Radio station Laser 101 FM and the St. Maarten correspondent for KikoTaKiko TV.

What is your connection with St.Maarten? My mother is from the French side of the island; so most of my mother’s side of the family lives here in St. Maarten including my grandmother who just passed away this past November (Miss ya Nana!). My father is from Aruba but was born in Curacao; most of his family is in Aruba.

So who would you say is Gee Money? I’m a very down to earth person once you get to know me. Most people who don’t know me would say that I’m very stuck up or I act like my sh*t don’t stink, but that’s because they never met me or never had a good chat with me. My zodiac sign is Libra and everyone loves a Libra! (That’s what they say.)

After many years you have decided to stay and live in St.Maarten, why? Where else in the world can you have the best of both worlds? A French side and a Dutch side, the only island in the Caribbean that has two carnivals every year, 36 beaches, every night a different club is jumping, nice cool weather all year round, some of the best concerts in the Caribbean and over 100 different nationalities living on 37 square miles. You can’t beat that with a baseball bat!

You do have a few music collabos out. Who were they with? Where can we find them? I have done a few unofficial remixes with some of the hottest songs and artist such as: Akon “Ghetto”, Chris Brown “Yo (Excuse Me Miss)”, Alicia Keys “You Don’t Know My Name”, Slum Village “Selfish”, B2K “Girlfriend”, The Game “One Blood” and Ne-Yo “When You’re Mad”. The Ne-Yo remix I got to perform with Ne-Yo for Summerfest here in St. Maarten. I heard the Slum Village remix of “Selfish” I did was a big hit on radio down in Curacao, thanks to all the radio stations and DJ’s for playing it. I have done a couple of intros also for DJ Spinderella’s (Salt & Pepa fame) syndicated radio show called “The Back Spin”. You can check out some of my remixes on myspace (

So what’s an average day like as a DJ at laser 101 St.Maarten? First of all I don’t consider myself a DJ cause I don’t play in clubs but I can rock the mic with a DJ spinning in the club. Now back to the question, I have it really good here working for Laser 101. I have to be at work for 10am so my ass don’t get out of bed till 9am cause I live pretty close to the station. Every weekday I have my show from 10am to 2pm called “The Workload Show” where I do horoscopes, celebrity news called the 411, sports, weather, giveaways and the hottest tunes on radio. On Saturdays I also have a mix show from 8pm to 12 midnight with DJ Nonstop (DMX’s DJ) and DJ John J (Canada).

What keeps you loving what you do everyday? I love music and entertaining people. I tell people I have the greatest job in the world!

What are the top 5 songs on your top ten lists right now? I’ll give you 6 because I have to be different, so these are my top 6 songs, not Laser’s so don’t get it twisted!

Nas Feat. Jay Z “Black Republicans”

Buju Banton “Driver”

Robin Thicke “Lost Without U”

Snoop Dogg Feat. R. Kelly “That’s That Sh*t”

Monica “A Dozen Roses”

Collie Buddz Feat. Busta Rhymes “Come Around (Remix)”

What events are you looking forward to this year? This year again I’m hosting the 27th Heineken Regatta (March 1st-4th) here in St. Maarten and they have Ziggi, Orange Groove, Shurwayne Winchester and Stephen & Damian Marley all performing. It should be off the hook this year! I’m also looking forward to SoulBeach this year cause it will be in St.Maarten this May, where it all began! (I just gave yall some exclusive info.)

What events/cafe’ etc. would you recommend people to come to if they were to visit St.Maarten? You have to come and see our carnival (Dutch side), one of the best in the Caribbean! You have to come and experience our village, which is open 24 hours a day. It’s where you can get all types of food, see some great concerts and shows and meet just about every and anybody there. This year they are making the village a permanent structure so in the future it will hold other events throughout the year.

What would you do on an average nothing to do no responsibilities, lean back type of day in St.Maarten? I’m a big sports fan, so I might just sit home and watch a game. If there is no game on TV I will watch a DVD (Dave Chappelle show seasons 1, 2 or 3) or surf the Internet. I love to stay home and just chill.

You are also somehow linked to MTV Tempo events. Could you tell us little more about that? You were also the host for the Heineken DJ competition last year am I right? When it comes to Tempo I just happen to host some events that they were filming at and they used me, but they did ask me to host there opening party here in St. Maarten. I went to NYC to audition for Tempo back in 2005 so all the staff; hosts and the CEO know me very well and like when I host an event for them.

I have hosted the Heineken Green Synergy DJ Competition since its inception back in 2004 when it was in Antigua. In 2005 it was in St. Lucia and last year it was in the Bahamas (Bananas!). This year it will be in Jamaica (some more exclusive info!) and I’m very excited cause I never been there before, so I hope Heineken uses me again to host!

What would you like to achieve in your career over the next couple of years? I’ve done so much in my career from TV commercials, hosting concerts and pageants, acting in plays, that if it was all to end today I would be satisfied, but what I really want to do is act in a major motion picture (next to Halle Berry of course). I’ve acted in an independent picture called “The Panman” which comes out this year.

What do you feel about the state of popular music in general? I’m a big Rap fan and I’m not feeling it at all! Today’s Rap is so garbage that I really don’t listen to it much unless I’m playing it on the radio. All these new rappers are just talking about their white tees, jewelry, cars, sneakers or a new dance step. It’s the same thing over and over again and the videos are also the same. Right now I’m listening to a lot of old school Rap and R&B. I like to listen to other types of music like Soca, Reggaeton and R&B. See music is like fashion and it comes in cycles, I can’t wait for this cycles to be over!

What do you feel about the evolution of local/Antillean music production in the upcoming years? I feel our music has come a long way and still could go much further. The production has really improved and I would love to see Antillean music become global like salsa and merengue or even to the point where Reggaeton is right now. But that might be wishful thinking on my part, because today’s youth is much more interested in Rap and Dancehall music. So I hope Antillean music doesn’t die a slow death.

Message to the global community:

Always remember to be yourself or you might just find yourself by yourself, so don’t player hate just congratulate and always put GOD first in everything you do!

Big up’s to Carib-Flava for showing me some love and representing the Carib people all over the world. I hope to get back down to Curacao to see all those beautiful and sexy women.