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What Many People Forget About “Despacito”

Yes, I know what you’re thinking: “Ugh, another article about that bendito song?!”. But try your hardest to roll your eyes back into focus from that eye roll because let’s face facts, that song is not going away any time soon. Hate to be the bearer of bad news. ButRead More »

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Soca In Japan!

Yes you read that correctly: Soca – the music genre born in a subculture of Trinidad and Tobago – in Japan. Not exactly what you would expect to find in the land of the rising sun, is it? I mean, after all, the vibrant Trinidad and Tobago lifestyle – withRead More »

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The 5 Most Influential Caribbean Artists Of All Time

Here we are again in Skempi Explore, taking another plunge into Caribbean culture. Well, the title pretty much speaks for itself, right? Or does it? It’s a dicey game using the word influential, I know. But when you look at the careers of the artists on this list, the impactRead More »

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A Different Kind Of Musical Story

On this edition of Skempi Explore we venture into music played on walls. What does that mean? Francis Sling’s story will give you the answer. The artist known as Francis Sling was born in the year 1979 in Curaçao, where he grew up in the district of Seru Fortuna. He livedRead More »

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Bubbling: Dead or Renaissance?

It was 1988 at Club Voltage (the Hague), where local Curacao DJ Moortje accidentally played a Dancehall LP at 45 rpm instead of the usual 33 rpm – and rather than being booed off the stage, the crowd went wild. And bam! Bubbling was born! Before long, Bubbling was heardRead More »

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