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MAFFIAMEID REVEALED: the untold stories

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Willemstad – After its release in April, Maffiameid, the true crime story and autobiography of the infamous Nina L. has taken Curaçao, Aruba and the Netherlands by storm.  According to local bookstores, Maffiameid is the bestselling book in the history of the island, attracting the most unconventional readers that wouldn’t normally pick up a book. The book is currently in the top ten bestsellers in the Netherlands. Nina’s story functions both as inspiration and a cautionary tale for the youth, not to be seduced by a life of crime. Nina paid a steep price for her shenanigans and fast life, never completing a formal education and carrying the heartbreaking accolade as the woman that sat the longest drug related sentence in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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Despite her outgoing and flirtatious personality, Nina gets really emotional when she’s confronted by the powerful reaction from her fans and sympathizers. “I’m not a role model”, she exclaimed. “I’m just getting an opportunity to tell my story and make a difference. This is my therapy”, she added. During her last stint in prison, she was confronted by the realities and penalties of her choices and finally realized that her four children were the real victims. Nina participated in an eye-opening documentary called ‘Ouders in ‘t Lik’, where they aired a heart wrenching conversation between Nina and her eldest son, who related the numerous abuses he endured at the hands of his grandmother, because Nina was in jail. “At that moment I promised my children that I would change my life and put their well being first”, she explained. Despite a rough childhood, Nina is committed to make amends by reaching out to at risk youth and single mothers about her struggles and triumphs.

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The loss of innocence

At age twelve, she was unceremoniously sent to Holland to be with her biological mother, who worked as a prostitute in Arnhem. Nina landed in a real-life hell and became a runaway at the age of fifteen after enduring many years of  merciless terrorization and abuses at the hands of her mother. A bizarre life follows between junks and prostitutes in Groningen, Twente, Friesland, Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

During her ten-year relationship with one of the largest drug lords of Rotterdam, Suriname and the Antilles, Nina got deeply involved in the drug trade. For many years she managed to elude the authorities, while narrowly escaping with her life. She became an important figure in the syndicate and operated as the right hand of her partner.

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For four years, Nina collaborated with crime journalist Hendrik Jan Korterink, to complete the manuscript for Maffiameid. Although Nina is proud of the final product, she laments that many compelling stories were left on the cutting room floor. She recently collaborated with a dynamic team to create a compelling one woman show called MaffiaMeid: Revealed …the untold stories, where she will disclose additional tales about her life. “During the play you get me uncensored and raw. I’m not holding anything back, so together we will laugh, cry but also talk about opportunities to overcome real life struggles”, Nina explained.

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As we speak, TeleCuraçao and Cariflix are producing a documentary about her life, which is slated to come out in January 2018.

“The book focused more on my sensational past, but the show is in my own voice and also highlights my growth. The show carries a message of hope”, she added. MaffiaMeid: Revealed …the untold stories premieres on December 16th, 2017 at the auditorium of the WTC.  Tickets are available at Bruna and Mensing’s Caminada.

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Stanley Clementina ke ‘KOMBERSA KUNÉ’

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WILLEMSTAD/ ROTTERDAM – Tin biaha sirkunstansia di bida ta pone ku bo ta atmirá un hende djaleu, pero bo no por formula e palabrona pa aserka. Den KOMBERSA KU KUNÉ’, esei ta e dilema di e protagonista ku ke purba kapta atenshon di un damita bon bala. Den e kansion, Stanley Clementina ta motivé pe tin kurashi i ta atvertí p’e no rabia ora otro pasa su dilanti i bai ku n’e.

KOMBERSA KU KUNÉ’, ta e di sinku produkshon di Stanley Clementina, unda riba un manera humorístiko, e talentoso kantante i kompositor, ke motiva bo pa no laga niun chèns bai, paso despues lo bo lamenta. “Tin hopi hòmber ku ta para wak i atmirá un dama, pero nunka ta hasí algu. Nan no ta ni aserk’e i dun’e un kòmplimènt”, Stanley a splika. “Nan ta keda wak i hari so”. E kansion tambe ke ilustra un dinámiko simbóliko, unda e muhé ta representa bida real. Hopi biaha nos por laga un oportunidat bai, paso nos no ke tumá un kurashi. KOMBERSA KU KUNÉ’ a keda komponé pa Stanley, di meks pa produktor Zurich Musiq, i e clip a keda dirigí pa Cineterra.

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Mientrastantu, e albùm di Afrobeat tan antisipá di Stanley, titula YDK, ta kla. YDK lo sali dirèkt despues di Festival di Tumba 2018. Pa promé biaha Stanley lo partisipá n’e festival, manera ya ta tradishon pa varios artista kurasoleño di tanda. Ya tin hopi antisipashon pa e tumba di Stanley, ku e mes a skirbi, produsí i komponé. E areglo di e tumba a keda kompletá huntu ku e talentoso músiko i areglista Derryl ‘Titi’ de Palm.

Festival di tumba 2018Durante e dianan di fiesta, Stanley lo ta na Kòrsou algun siman, unda e lo tin varios presentashon. Dia 30 di desèmber lo e presenta na Sta. Bárbara, i dia 4 yanüari lo e ta na Club 973, na Mambo Beach. Pues ‘like’ su Facebook.com/StanleyAcoustic pa keda na altura di tur demas presentashon.

Pa presentashon, mail steezmusic@gmail.com of chéck www.stanleyclementina.com

 

Por chéck e video di KOMBERSA KU KUNÉ’ riba YouTube.

 

 

 

 

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Tamara Nivillac, artista invitá na Universidat di Mannheim, Alemania

 

 

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Tamara Nivillac

WILLEMSTAD/ ROTTERDAM – Dia 4 di òktober ultimo, a tumá lugá un evenementu ofisial den ‘Arkadentheater’ na Universidat di Mannheim, Alemania. E anochi a keda organisá pa profesora Dr. Eva Eckkrammer, huntu ku studiantenan di Fakultat Lingwístiko ku a bishitá Kòrsou e aña akí. Invitado spesial di e anochi tabata e kantante kurasoleño Tamara Nivillac ku a duna un tremendo konsierto den su lenga materno Papiamentu.

Dr. Eva Eckkrammer ta profesora di Lingwístika i medionan di komunikashon na Universidat di Mannheim na Alemania. Den añanan ‘90 el a hasí un investigashon sientífiko na Kòrsou i Aruba i a doktorá na 1994 ku un tesis tokante e ròl di tradukshon literario pa lenganan minoritario, manera Papiamentu. Durante su estadia i investigashon na Kòrsou Dr. Eckkrammer a kreá un amor i konekshon inmenso pa ku nos idioma Papiamentu, nos kultura i pais.

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P’esei na òktober di aña 2016, ela invita señora Ingrid ‘Ini’ Statia for di Kòrsou pa bini Mannheim pa asina duna un kurso intensivo na su studiantenan dje fakultat ku tabata interesá pa siña e idioma Papiamentu. Un grupo di maso menos 25 studiante a sigui e kurso i denter di korto tempu a siña skirbi i papia Papiamentu. Na aprel di e aña akí, e studiantenan a bishitá Kòrsou durante un biahe di estudio, inisiativa di Prof. Dr. Eckkammer. Huntu ku señora Statia, Prof. Dr. Eckkammer a hinka un programa kultural intensivo den otro kaminda pa dos siman largu e studiantenan a atkerí hopi konosementu di arte, kultura i historia di nos pais.

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Nan a bishitá, entre otro, diferente museo, hardin di yerba di Dinah Veeris, galeria di Yubi Kirindongo i tambe nan hasí un bishitá na Parlamento di Kòrsou. Riba djárason 4 di òktober 2017, e studiantenan, bou di guia di nan profesora, a organisá un evenementu den ‘Arkadentheater’ na Universidat di Mannheim den forma di un eksposishon i presentashon kaminda nan a kompartí ku un públiko grandi tur loke nan a siña, mira i eksperensiá durante nan biahe pa Kòrsou. E klousura di e anochi tabata na enkargo di e kantante kurasoleño Tamara Nivillac akompañá riba guitara pa otro yu di tera, Stanley Clementina.

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E kansion ‘Hello’ di Adele, ku Tamara a tradusí na Papiamentu na 2016, tabata e promé kansion ku e studiantenan a skucha na Papiamentu i nan promé kontakto i impreshon di e idioma durante e kurso ku nan a sigui. P’esei tabata hopi spesial pa e studiantenan ku Tamara tabata tei presente i ku el a deleita nan ku entre otro su propio kansionnan na Papiamentu. Inolvidabel tabata e momentu final kaminda henter e sala a kanta na bos haltu e refran di e kansion klásiko i bunita na Papiamentu, ‘Atardí’.

 

 

 

 

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Clifton End a lansa ‘MI PAIS’, pa dia di Kòrsou

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WILLEMSTAD – Clifton End a lansa otro proyekto interesante titula ‘Mi Pais’, pa  selebrá dia di Kòrsou. Clifton a ofrese e balada bunita na Kas di Kultura, kende a utiliza e esaki durante selebrashonnan di 10 di òktober. Riba e dia akí tambe a estrena e video clip ku ta ekspresá nos orguyo pa nos patria.

Clifton su talento musikal a keda deskubrí na un edat hóben, unda ela partisipá na diferente festival di kanto ku a atrae atenshon di grandinan den farándula. Na edat di 12 aña,  maestro Ced Ride a komponé ‘Mi Pais’ pa Clifton, i p’esei e kantika ta un poko sentimental pa e talentoso vokalista. Despues di hopi aña, Clifton a disidí di hinka e komposishon den un bachi nobo, pa asina nos por para ketu na tur loke nos mester ta orguyoso di dje komo kurasoleño. Tambe ‘Mi Pais’ a keda interpreta pa varios músiko lokal talentoso, manera Josh Matos riba guitara, RayBass riba bas, Vernon Chatlein riba perkushon i finalmente e kantika a keda produsí pa Oscar Bor.

Clifton ta gosa di un karera impresionante, unda ela kreá un fanatikada fiel ku semper a sostené. Den aña ‘90, ela milita den varios agrupashon renombra, kuminsando den e grupo di gospel Génesis, pa despues a amplía su abilidatnan den GIO Fuertísimo. Na 2001 Clifton a tumá e desishon difísil pa bandoná Kòrsou i sigui su soño nan musikal na Spaña, den e kompania di Tony Sherman. Na 2005, Clifton muda pa London, unda ela traha un par di aña djaserka ku e famoso kantante di Soul, Freddie Lee.  Despues di e periodo akí, Clifton a regresa Hulanda unda ela drenta e popularísimo Cache Royale, ku indudablemente ta un dje bandanan kurasoleño mas popular di e ultimo dékada. Akí Clifton a interpretá éksitonan manera ‘It’s all about you’, ‘Gewoonweg’, ‘Ik neem je mee’, i ‘Soso lobie’.

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Na 2016, Clifton a lansa su karera solista i a firma ku kasa diskera Buzzbin Productions. Na òktober di e aña ei, ela lansa e vershon di ‘Catch & Release’ na spañó riba e ritmo di Kizomba. Na yüli di e aña akí, Clifton a lansa otro interpretashon riba ritmo Kizomba, titula ‘Give it All To You’.  2018 tambe ta pinta di bira alentador ku bista pa hiba su músika internashonal. Clifton lo lansa so promé EP komo artista solista. Akí nos por gosa di mas interpretashon riba ritmo Kizomba ku varios kolaborashon ku artista di renombre den e genero akí.

Pa mas informashon, por fabor mail info@buzzbinproductions.com

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Nando Chirino i La Fiesta ta lansa Bob Marley Medley na Kizomba

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WILLEMSTADNando Chirino, e kantante kurasoleño biba na Hulanda,  ta lansa un piesa nobo huntu ku e banda La Fiesta. Ta trata akí di un Bob Marley Medley estilo Kizomba. Nando, mihó konosí komo ‘Juice’, no ta deskonosí den mundu di farándula lokal i hulandes i tin un karera musikal di más ku 30 aña den entretenimiento. Nando a militá pa hopi aña den bandanan renombrá na Aruba manera Oreo, Quasi i Ricochet.

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Den pasado e tabata tambe vokalista prinsipal di Re-wind i Orquesta Vibes na Hulanda. Huntu ku e agrupashonnan musikal akí el a lansa diferente disko kompakto i tambe skor diferente hit na varios emisora lokal.

For di aña 2006 te ku awó, Nando ta forma partí di e show band La Fiesta, un banda dinámiko ku tin mas ku 20 aña di eksistensia. E agrupashon ta move regularmente den sírkulonan privá, eventonan di kompania i diferente festival popular. E banda ta distinguí su mes for di otro bandanan ‘all-around’ pa medio di un repertorio úniko i meks amplió, unda ta varia entre kansionnan latino, kurasoleño, surnameño (kaseko) i tambe pop.

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E piesa nobo ku a wòrdu lansá ta un ‘medley’ di diferente kansionnan popular di e legendario Bob Marley, manera ‘Jamming’, ‘I shot the sheriff’, ‘One Love’ i ‘No woman, No cry’. E ‘medley’ ta di e popularísimo ritmo Kizomba, kual a keda hinká den un bachi totalmente nobo, areglá pa e talentoso Carlos Matos. E ‘medley’ ta keda kompañá pa un videoclip, ku por keda mira riba e página di YouTube di La Fiesta AllRoundBand.

E Bob Medley Kizomba Style di Nando Chirino huntu ku  La Fiesta lo ta optenibel entrante awe na tur radio emisora lokal, pues yama i pidi p’e.

Bishitá www.lafiesta.nl pa mas informashon of chek e Facebook página di La Fiesta/lafiesta.allroundband òf tumá kontakto via info@lafiesta.nl

 

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September 10, 2017: Kuralicious natural hair festival, opens at Kura di Arte

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WILLEMSTAD – On September 10, 2017, Kuralicious, Curaçao’s first natural hair, health and beauty festival, will open its doors at Kura di Arte. At 8 pm, Kuralicious kicks off with the internationally acclaimed exhibition called ‘Black Follicles Matter’ by Drs. Mireille Liong-A-Kong.

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Drs. Mireille Liong-A-Kong

For over a decade, Liong-A-Kong has advocated for equal hair rights with a series of outstanding natural hairstyles, highlighting the consequences of the fact that Black people are the only people on planet earth who are denied the fundamental human right to wear their God-given tresses naturally. Laws based on stereotypes deny Black people the right to wear styles like Dreadlocks, Afros and Cornrows.

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As a direct consequence, 73% of Black women suffer from relaxer induced alopecia, a hair loss condition related to chemical straighteners, despite the fact that they outspend every other ethnic group on hair care, nine times. More than just shining a light on this social injustice, the goal of Black Follicles Matter is to create awareness and shoot for justice aiming for change one shot at the time.

Additionally, there will also be a Kuralicious Marketplace with natural hair forums, products & accessories, and musical entertainment. Besides Mireille Liong-A-Kong, Kuralicious will also have natural hair professionals Elly Sambo and Sabine Hallway as part of their lineup of expert speakers during live workshops for an additional 5 ANG.

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General admission is 25 ANG. per person and children under the age of 12 enter for free. Teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18, and seniors above 60, pay 15 ANG.

Kura di Arte is located at Jonge Wacht 8, Willemstad, Curaçao. For more reservations and more information call +5999-5256627 or check out their Facebook/KuraliciousCuracao

 

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Stanley Clementina ta kolabora ku Dayo StreaNobo den T’ASINA TA BIBA.

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WILLEMSTAD – Stanley Clementina, e talentoso kompositor i kantante kurasoleño, a kolaborá ku kantante Dayo StreaNobo pa su di kuater single ‘T’asina ta Biba’ fo’i su EP nobo. E kantika ta mustra nos  bunita isla dor di wowonan di un bon Yu di Kòrsou. Stanley a aserka Dayo, e popular vokalista di reggae konosí pa su kansionnan positivo, pa kolaborá riba e interpretashon inspirashonal akí.

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‘T’asina ta Biba’ ta otro melodioso kolaborashon Afrobeat ku Stanley a ko-produsí ku e talentoso MB Ghettoflow. Sinta den studio di e produktor dominikano na Hulanda, Stanley i Dayo a komponé e mensahe akí pa enkurashá nos komunidat pa keda positivo apesar di tur sirkunstansia di bida. Según Stanley, tin tantu positivismo riba nos isla ku mester keda eksponé, i ora un persona ta eksperensia difikultat pa adapta na e vibrashonnan positivo di nos isla, e kantika akí ta un guía pa alegra su día. Banda di e impreshonante naturalesa i playanan ku lo figura den e video, e unidat i amor di nos pueblo ta para sentral, algu ku Stanley ta spera lo atrae más turista pa bishitá Kòrsou.

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Durante un bishitá kòrtiku na yüni último, Stanley a hasí varios presentashon i a probechá pa graba e clip di ‘T’asina ta Biba’ ku Dayo. E clip a keda dirigí pa Gilbert Silva da Costa i a keda graba na diferente lokalidat na riba nos isla.

Pa más informashon di Stanley su músika, ‘like’ su página di Instagram of sigui riba Facebook.com/StanleyAcoustic. Pa presentashon, por fabor mandá un mail na steezmusic@gmail.com of chéck www.stanleyclementina.com.

Tambe por chéck e video di T’ASINA TA BIBA  riba YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slD0oSj58A8&feature=youtu.be

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