A massively popular artist who has put his staple on the Caribbean music scene as the rap sensation of the past three years on the ABC islands and the Netherlands, the Curaçaoan rapper Dongo can do no wrong.

Born Rachendrik Esthanista(1988) in Curaçao, the origin of his artist name lies with a cartoon show he and his brother used to watch as a kid. It was the name of one of the show’s characters and for some unknown reason his brother bestowed it upon him as a nickname and so it stuck and became his moniker.

He started making music at the age of 16, recording Mp3s for personal use and distributing them at his leisure, but only started recording professionally in 2010 at the age of 22. This was when he released his first album; ‘Dongo Introduction’.

After that he released the mixtape ‘No Puya Mixtape’ in 2014. That year he also released his biggest single to date, ‘Hodedo’, which became a street anthem played everywhere on the islands and in the Dutch Caribbean communities in the Netherlands where he currently resides.

His massively popular mixtape ‘Vlap Vlap Hol Hol Mixtape’ dropped in August 2015 and featured hit singles like “Frega Un Tiki”. But the crown jewel of his career up to this point was his 2016 release of the album “Chinini” which became an inescapable force in the Dutch Caribbean, played pretty much everywhere a speaker could be found.

Specializing in the music genre Bubbling Dembow, he seeks to paint a picture of every day occurrences in a way that is accessible to his listeners, on occasion bringing humor to the table.

Among his aspirations as an artist is to collaborate with Curaçaoan rap great Mosta Man and expand into the Latin American market. His immediate plans for the future are to continue making good music and provide for his child.


Gerson Eleonora (1987) has a passion for writing, whether it be short stories, poems or the biographies, reviews and music articles displayed here on the site. He is an aficionado of everything Caribbean, it’s almost as if salt water runs through his veins.
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