Making their mark on the musical world is the band K’ribe. They are a Latin Caribbean band consisting of 7 conservatory-trained and well-traveled musicians from Curaçao and Aruba residing in the Netherlands.

The band members wanted a name that evoked their Caribbean roots and after some brainstorming they came upon the name K’ribe which is a modern styling of the word Karibe (Caribbean in Papiamentu).

With ages ranging between 23 and 40, they have been playing together for over nearly 4 years now, mostly doing covers, but in 2015 they ventured into producing their own material and got to work in the studio. Their debut album was titled “K’ribe Cocktail” and was released in three parts throughout the course of the year. The first part was released in May and the second and third part were released in September and December, respectively.

The ‘cocktail’ in the title refers to what the band stands for: a mix of different musical styles. With John Francis Jacobs on drums and vocals, Paulo Kock on bass, Reinwald Geerman on piano, Gregory Markes on trombone, Renan Alberto on the trumpet, and Yumarya Grijt and Mitchell Tromp on vocals, their blend of lively instruments and expressive, distinctive voices creates a rich sound that comes to life beautifully in genres that extend from Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and Latin Pop to Reggae, Ritmo Kombiná, Kizomba and Zouk.

Their music can be described as happy and positive, avoiding any mention of anything negative. They plan on continuing to develop their music and they have aspirations of breaking through to more European markets in the near future, as well as markets in Miami and the Caribbean, especially those of their beloved ABC islands.

Listen to K’RIBE on Skempi

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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