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When Celia Cruz Sang In Papiamentu

Today Skempi News takes another grab in the vault of Caribbean music and pulls out a powerhouse in the form of the Cuban musical empress Celia Cruz. Born Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso on October 21st, 1925, in Havana, Cuba, this singer of Latin music was the mostRead More »

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Julián Coco And Erwin Prudencia Pay Homage To The Wals

Curaçao is still in the swing of its Culture Week and the team members at Skempi have noticed. For this reason Skempi brings you another treat from the Caribbean music vault. This time it features the talents of the living legend Erwin Prudencia and the late legend Julián Coco performingRead More »

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A Short Film Which Celebrates Curaçaoan Culture

Today Skempi News takes another grab in the vault of Caribbean musical history and brings you a short film created in 1962. The film was titled Solo Sali and was filmed by Ari Jungslager in Curaçao with an all-Curaçaoan cast and all-Curaçaoan music. The film is a celebration of CuraçaoanRead More »

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Mighty Sparrow Shows Why He Is The King!

In this archive footage, Skempi brings you the man known as the “Calypso King of the World”, one of the best-known and most successful calypsonians, Mighty Sparrow. He has won Trinidad’s Carnival Road March competition eight times, Calypso King/Monarch eight times, and has twice won the Calypso King of Kings title. Here you see footage ofRead More »

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The French Caribbean Music Icon You Probably Never Heard Of…

Today the Footprints section of Skempi News features Dédé Saint-Prix. He is a Martinican musician (born André Saint-Prix in 1953 in François, Martinique) who has had a bountiful career as a traditional singer and flutist of traditional “Chouval Bwa” music, a kind of folk music which originated on the slave plantationsRead More »

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Rudy Plaate’s Timeless Classic Revisited!

This time around on Skempi News’ Throwback Thursday edition, the album “Solo Sali” by Curaçaoan music luminary Rudy Plaate receives a shining spotlight. Released in 1960, this album has reached immortal status with many tunes that have become as transcendent as they are resplendent. Among the album’s ageless masterpieces areRead More »

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The Story Of Aruban Living Legend Padu del Caribe

Keeping this week’s theme of Aruban legends ongoing, today Skempi News features the biography of Padu del Caribe. The man, the legend, the father of Aruban culture: Padu del Caribe is perhaps one of the most internationally renowned and influential artists his beloved native island of Aruba has ever known.Read More »

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Skempi Takes You Back To A Rap Classic!

This week opened with an Aruban legend on top of the Skempi charts in the person of Claudius Philips, the first time an Aruban who doesn’t answer to the name Jeon has done so in a while. And thus on this Throwback Thursday, Skempi takes you back to 21 yearsRead More »

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Some Tipiko Santa Rosa For A Lazy Sunday

On this typically hot and lazy Caribbean Sunday Skempi brings you a throwback to a very influential album in Dutch Caribbean music lore. Namely the 1979 Tipiko Santa Rosa album “Kob’e Pos”, which features among others the resounding classics “Mi Djègèdjègè” and “Un Poko Mas”. The band itself was foundedRead More »

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Did You Know This Famous Christmas Song Is From The Caribbean?

The song in question? The Spanglish international Christmas classic “Feliz Navidad” by José Feliciano. Released in 1970, it was something like the “Despacito” of its day, only with some English (and no expiration date on its welcome) of course. Caribbean origin of the song? José Feliciano hails from the Caribbean island ofRead More »

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