For some time Shurandy Cordelia, better-known as Randy Leroy, had been walking around with the ambition to put together a musical group with which he  could create, share and bring to life more of his musical creativity. And eventually his thoughts landed on Archel Callister, a longtime friend whom he knew shared his vision for a new musical concept in Curaçao. But at that time Archel informed him that another musical group, namely Tre’Chic, had approached him to become their manager.

Incidentally Tre’Chic, founded by Ericson Adamus, was another group of musicians who aspired to bring something fresh to the table in Curaçao’s musical landscape. And so it occurred to Archel to bring them all together. And as faith would have it most of them already knew each other and had previously performed together on several stages. And all of them had the vision of bringing a new sound to the scene and providing the island’s music lovers with an innovative and varied format when it comes to giving shows.

Hence the decision to band together was a no-brainer. However, they still needed two male singers to complete their set, and they needed to be ‘real gentlemen’ musicians who also wanted something different in their career. Having had an extensive run in Curaçao’s show business already at that point, Randy Leroy knew just which esteemed musicians to get in touch with: Djuric Virginie and Raynor Lauffer. In another twist of faith they also already had had some dealings with Tre’Chic and immediately jumped onboard. So the set of singers would go on to consist of Randy Leroy, Djuric Virginie, Raynor Lauffer and Amos Balentien.

And so this team of ‘gentlemen’ with a passion for good music came together and birthed the group GENTZ in July of 2015.  Their debut single “Amor Sin Final” was a moderate success but of course it was the early 2016 release of their single “No Bai”, an entry on the soundtrack of the popular soap opera “Djis Un Tiki Love”, that skyrocketed the group to massive fame. You couldn’t go to any club or event on the ABC islands without hearing it crooning out of the speakers.

This opened many doors for them and the single eventually won for “Best Song of The Year” at the 2016 Skempi Caribbean Music Awards (in case you forgot). They haven’t looked back since with their singles “Skonde Pa Amor” and “Oh My Darling” becoming bonafide smashes in their own right. And tomorrow they will also be performing at the event of the year: the Tropical Valley festival. So make sure you get your tickets because you don’t want to miss this!

In the meantime…

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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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