Tonight BRIAN D Goes BIDIEM!
Tonight the show everyone has been waiting for finally arrives: BRIAN D (Brian Dekkers) will give his supremely hyped Legacy BDM concert at WTC Curaçao. The air on the island has been thick with anticipation leading up to this night of entertainment which will also feature performances by BRIAN D’s musical alma mater No Game and Gentz. This high anticipation has also been reflected in the traffic flow on Skempi in recent weeks, in which No Game experienced a resurgence in chart preeminence.
But who is the man behind the music? Today we take a closer look:
Born Brian Dwayne Alexander Dekkers on the island of Curaçao, Brian began playing baseball when he was six, but by the age of thirteen his interest had shifted from sports to music.
The following year Brian and a few friends started a new band called Big Star. It was with them that he scored his first big hit: “Destino Tabata Ke”. After his first taste of success he was inclined to keep building upon it and it wasn’t long before he joined another group called New Generation. With them he premiered his additional skills as a songwriter with “Ban Duru Awo”, his first hit single he had penned down himself.
The No Game years
In the same year as his songwriting debut, the band No Game offered him a contract as a lead singer in their ensemble, which he took. This proved to be a very wise choice as the band became the springboard which launched him, along with most of the other members, into superstardom in Curaçao’s music scene during the early 2000’s.
He became a household name thanks to hits like “Laga Mi Biba”, “Nan No Por Kibra Nos” and “Kurason Of Konsenshi”. This led to him receiving two Karabela awards for his musical efforts in 2005.
The move to Holland
Eventually it came time to pursue his studies and, as was near de rigueur at the time, he made the move to go study in the Netherlands. Before his departure he wrote a special song titled “Ik Hou Van Jou” (I love you in Dutch). This song had a mix of three different languages – Dutch, Papiamentu and English – and it became a huge hit.
While in Holland he decided not to join any band, but to focus on a solo career. After gems like “Bo Faborito” and “Ora Bo Tin’e” he quickly released his first solo album titled: A.L.B.O.M. (A Little Bit Of Me). Later on in 2008, he released two singles: “Vrijdag” (Friday ) and “No Wòri” (Don’t worry).
The turning point
The turning point came in 2009, when he realized that all his success didn’t bring him the happiness he so desired. He saw himself as an individual standing at the crossroads of two paths; one leading to life and the other to death. He felt he was on the path towards the latter and weighed the choice of either maintaining that path or choosing the path to life. Brian thus chose the latter and began his journey as a devout Christian.
And as a Christian Brian didn’t stop making music but rather started singing exclusively in the Gospel genre, in which he detailed his testimony and life experiences. In 2011, he launched his first Gospel album titled “Basha Pa Kristu”, which sold up to 5000 copies and featured the smash “Bo Luga Den Shelu”.
Tonight he will be performing many classics both past and present alongside his contemporaries. Make sure you don’t miss this party for the ages!
In the meantime go to Skempi and listen to some