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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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How music is discovered thousands of miles away

We’ve explored Salsa, Dancehall, Tambu, Reggae and many more. The origins, history, and musicians of each. But rather than exploring how we got here, lets take a look at where music is today. How does a song get discovered? How does something become viral, to be shared across the world? I mean we’ve all heardRead More »

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Kevin Carty: The Caribbean King of Country Music

When you think of Country music, what comes to mind? I bet it’s fiddles, banjos, cowboy hats and boots, barn dances, American accents with Southern drawls, basically things related to southern U.S.A., right? Now how about when you think of a Caribbean island? To many it evokes images of palmRead More »

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