Bringing sunshine to every occasion it’s the band Piñata. It consists of five members from the beachside surf community of Scheveningen, with their roots firmly planted at the F.A.S.T. (Free Architecture Surf Terrain) Surf Village, both of these locations are situated in the Dutch city of The Hague (unfortunately F.A.S.T. closed its doors in October 2015).

Their performances are an explosion of summer-infused music, combining energetic Reggae-pop and Hip-Hop with Latin, Ska, Mariachi (fitting, considering their name) and more exotic blends. What started as a group of friends jamming in the living room would go on to become one of the biggest bands to ever come out of The Hague.

Piñata knows how to make a festival-crowd go wild or help you relax with a cocktail, under a palm tree on a sunny beach. All members bring their own unique contribution to the Piñata-sound.

Multi-instrumentalist Rinse Buurma is responsible for most of the catchy hooks and knows how to refresh the sound over and over again, switching between his trumpet, organ, melodica and synths.

Drummer Ravian de Ruig, goes by the nickname The Rough, adds his tight beats to it combining his love for Hip-Hop, reggae and electronic music. With the added funky basslines by Mark Lubbersen, nickname Dark Mark, a perfect foundation is created.

To round it all out you have the guitarist Roy-Victor Seriese (RV) who, drawing inspiration from many different sources, likes to bring in exotic guitar riffs mixed with his raw guitar sounds. And last but not least is the Aruban lead singer Pintos Jansen, who is the Caribbean cherry on top.

With his rustic voice and Caribbean passion he will drag you into the band’s musical story. Being from Aruba gives him the advantage of being able to express himself in English, Spanish and Papiamento.

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The band after winning the Hague song of the year. From left to right front: Roy-Victor Seriese(Guitar), Pintos Jansen (Vocals), Rinse Buurma (Keys, Horns, Melodica). Left to Right back: Mark Lubbersen (Bass), Ravian de Ruig (Drums).

Their debut album ‘Droppin the Candy’ dropped (pun intended) in 2014 and they were immediately selected for the traveling festival Popronde 2014 and toured through all of the Netherlands that year.

With sold-out shows at renowned Dutch venues and events like Melkweg, Paard van Troje, Parkpop, MadNes, and the famous Queen’s Night (now King’s Night) festival and having shared the stage with massively popular acts such as Splendid, Typhoon, Will and the People and Kakkmaddafakka they were beginning to spread their summer-vibes all over the Netherlands and beyond.

They further brought it to France, Spain, Germany and Belgium, with successful tours through all these countries in the years 2012, 2013 and 2015.

Their debut album also featured the number ‘She’s Above My Head’ which, after its release in the Netherlands, became the soundtrack of the summer of 2015 and went on to win the Song of the Year-Award in The Hague in December of that same year.

According to singer Pintos Jansen the song is an autobiographical story about unattainable love and was written while the band did their first tour in France in 2012. From the moment it hit the airwaves it became a crowd favorite.

At the moment they are on a well-deserved winter break but soon Piñata will start working on a new album that is expected to be released in the fall of this year. The first single of this album is already recorded and set to be released around June.

After having brought their summer-vibes to five countries in Europe, it’s only right they bring those vibes to the sun-soaked Caribbean as well. And that is exactly what they are doing today with the re-release of their summer 2015 smash ‘She’s Above My Head’ in collaboration with Skempi. The video is now released on our YouTube channel and streamed on the website.

Go check it out!

And follow them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube under the name pinatamusic (on YouTube it’s pinatamusicNL) and pop by their website www.pinata-music.com

Listen to Piñata 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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