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DC Pearls groot succes

We hebben zaterdag 14 juni een fantastisch feest meegemaakt in Rotterdam.

Het was de derde keer dat Ocan, Overlegorgaan Caribische Nederlanders het DC Pearls award gala organiseert.

Een van de aanwezigen zei de volgende dag: “Het leek wel een feel good movie.” Ik denk dat die omschrijving de beste omschrijving is die je van het gala kan geven. A feel good movie!! Iemand anders zei: “This will one day become a major event for Antillans in the Netherlands.” Het lijkt erop dat dat het al is, want volgens mij hadden we the best and the finest van de Caribbean allemaal bij elkaar!

Wetenschappers, kunstenaars, muzikanten, ondernemers, sociaal ondernemers, studenten, iedereen die genomineerd was er en iedereen had op zijn beurt weer mooie, stralende mensen meegenomen.

Alle vrouwen waren op en top in gala. Ik stond in de lift en het rook er als in een parfumerie!

Er waren heel veel mooie jonge slanke meisjes met strakke lange jurken en hoge hakken en een van die prinsesjes was Nataly Linzey. Nataly Linzey, Sabaanse, won de DC Pearl award in de categorie studenten en wij van Statia en Saba waren er om haar toe te juichen.

Het was best wel een Statiaans Sabaans feestje, want onze Statiaanse Shirma Rouse won de DC Pearl award in de categorie “music and entertainment”,  Kizzy Getrouw (Statiaanse moeder) deed de presentatie van de avond en Mischulaikah Richardson (een van de meest opvallende beauties: Statiaanse vader) was een genomineerde, en voor wie kwam Statianews? Voor onze bovenstebeste Jean Marie Molina. Helaas, helaas, ze won niet.

Ze kon ook niet winnen, want degene die de award in haar categorie (community) kreeg was Quinsy Gario! Quinsy Gario die zoveel aandacht heeft gekregen met zijn anti-Zwarte Piet acties, die volgens de jury “Het racisme op de kaart heeft gezet” in het debat in Nederland, hij moest wel winnen….

Maar Shirma won wel en het was even spannend in de zaal. Was ze toch gekomen? Veel mensen keken naar achteren, zou ze door het gangpad komen aanlopen naar het podium toe?

Nee, helaas!

Gelukkig was commissioner Carlyle Tearr er wel, hij nam de award voor haar aan.

Volgend jaar moet Shirma komen, want dan gaat ze de nieuwe DC Pearl toespreken als die zijn of haar award krijgt!!

De avond begon met een netwerk borrel. Tijdens die netwerk borrel was er ruimte voor een speech van Glenn Helberg en van Ronald Plasterk.

Glenn Helberg, het gezicht van Ocan, begon met een uitleg over de groet van de Masai: “Kasserian Ingera”.

“Kasserian Ingera” betekent: “hoe gaat het met de kinderen.” Bij de Masai gaat het met iedereen goed als het met de kinderen goed gaat. Je hoeft zelf geen kinderen te hebben om te vragen: “Hoe gaat het met de kinderen”, Kasserian Ingera. Het is altijd een van de speerpunten van Ocan geweest: de zorg om kinderen. Kinderen zijn de toekomst. Glenn wees de aanwezigen op hun verantwoordelijkheid als rolmodel voor de nieuwe generatie en prees iedereen die gekomen was: “Jullie zijn allemaal Pearls!” was een uitspraak die we op deze prachtige avond meerdere keren te horen kregen.

De toespraak van Minister Plasterk was erg ontspannen. Zijn speech begon met een spontane opmerking: “Wat zijn jullie mooi!!” Daarna vertelde hij hoe fijn hij het vindt dat de eilanden bij Nederland horen en hoe goed het is dat er zoveel succesvolle Caribische Nederlanders zijn.

Hieronder een foto-impressie van de avond. De foto’s zijn met toestemming van facebook gekopieerd. Na de uitreiking van de awards ging het feest nog tot een uur of vier door.

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Zaal was “packed”

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Alle genomineerden “on stage”

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Jean Marie en een paar van haar fans. (vlnr Denese Berkel, “Fruta Prohibida”, Lena Courtar, Koos Sneek, Carlyle Tearr, Alida Francis)

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Kizzy interviewt Quinsy Gario nadat hij de Community award heeft gewonnen.

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Schrijver dezes, Lena Courtar and Roseline Leerdam in gesprek op de netwerkborrel

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Nataly Linzey (Student Pearl), Alida Francis en Jean Marie Molina

Voor de volledigheid:

De WINNAARS van de OCAN PEARLS OF THE DUTCH CARIBBEAN AWARDS 2014 zijn:
1.The Community Pearl: Quinsy Gario
2.The Science Pearl: Jerson Martina
3.The Art & Literature Pearl: Ira & Ayra Kip
4.The Sports Pearl: Odilio Kurt
5.The Music & Entertainment Pearl: Shirma Rouse
6.The Business Pearl: Annemarie Nodelijk
7.The Student Pearl: Nataly Linzey
8.Most Outstanding Pearl: Jeffrey Williams

De genomineerden waren:

‘Community’: Ingemar Francisca, Quinsy Gario, Mischulaikah Richardson, Jean Marie Molina, Vanessa Anthony.

‘Science’: Aubrich Bakhuis, Marlon Titre, Jerson Martina, Valika Smeulders, Ingemar Merkies.

‘Business’: Tico Nicolaas, Tirzah Libert, Jefferson Martina, Annemarie Nodelijk, Germain Statia.

‘Art & literature’: Jengo Amadi, Iri & Ayra Kip, Raphael Sorton, Uri Eugenio, Wensly Francisco.

‘Sport’: Odilio Kurt, Sidney Bito, Denise Kielholtz, Riechedly Bazoer, Earl Blijd.

‘Music & Entertainment’: Imara Thomas, Shirma Rouse, Vanity Mac-Intosh, Vernon Chatlein, Ir-sais.

 

“We hebben de zon tevoorschijn verteld!”

Middelburg, 14 juni 2014

Op het Abdijplein in Middelburg, tegenover het Zeeuws museum vond zaterdag 14 juni de Nationale herdenking van de afschaffing van de slavenhandel plaats. De verhalen van Wijnand Stomp (DC Pearl Arts and Literature 2013) namen een centrale plaats in op deze dag. Om twee uur begon onder de monumentale boom op het plein zijn doorlopende voorstelling “De Kracht van het Verhaal”, waarin hij zoals hij het noemt “de zwarte bladzijde van ons geschiedenisboek voorleest.”

“De Kracht van het Verhaal” is een multimediaal spektakel, waarin Wijnand Stomp als zichzelf en als  tante Jewel de mensen aan het lachen krijgt en ook aan het denken zet. “Het is nog niet voorbij..” zegt Wijnand Stomp in alle ernst, en even later speelt hij als de hilarische tante Jewel een domino/slavernij kennis quiz met het publiek. Handig bespeelt Stomp het publiek met een afgemeten portie ernst en een flinke scheut humor. Theater wordt afgewisseld door film: fragmenten van de filmopnames die voor de “Kracht van het Verhaal” zijn gemaakt worden vertoond.

Wijnand Stomp is samen met documentaire maker Jean Hellwig op zoek gegaan naar verhalen over het slavernijverleden in Zeeland, in Ghana en op St. Eustatius. Deze verhalen hebben inspiratie gegeven voor een serie Anansi verhalen. Anansi is het spinnetje dat met list en bedrog anderen slimmer af is of zichzelf uit de nesten werkt. Wijnand Stomp legt uit dat die verhalen zijn oorsprong in Afrika hebben, al voor de tijd van de transatlantische slavenhandel en dat ze met de slavenhandel mee zijn gereisd. Het hoogtepunt van de voorstelling op het Abdijplein was het Afrikaanse Anansiverhaal, dat Wijnand heeft gemaakt naar aanleiding van de verhalen over de slavenhandel in Afrika.

Het project “De Kracht van het Verhaal” gaat na deze kick off het land in met workshops verhalen vertellen, optredens en vertoningen.

Dit geluidsfragment geeft een impressie van het theaterstuk.

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Blues Oddysee

I am watching a documentary “Blues Oddysee” with Bill Wyman, not that I sit besides Bill Wyman watching it, but he is one of the key persons that gets interviewed. Bill Wyman, bass player of “the greatest Rock n Roll band on earth”, the Rolling Stones. For the Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry was their most important inspiration, they wanted to be like him. Bill Wyman has a lot of knowledge of the origins of the blues. Some one said about Chuck Berry’s songs:  “They are little vignets of his life”, descriptions of what happened to him and those are the kinds of songs the Rolling Stones also tried to make.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcblXxc4oqo

Chuck Berry singing: “You can’t catch me” 1956

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This Odyssee of the blues starts during slavery, in the Mississipi delta, where the slaved people had to find a way to cope with their misery. Bill Wyman talks about his attraction to that music: “In whatever mood your in, when you listen to the blues, you get to feel good. It always makes you feel good.” (I have to check if that is the exact quote of what he said)

The blues travels to a lot of places and an Odyssee of the Blues promises rare footage and interesting storytelling.

Race and Slavery in today’s society expounded at Eurotast session

POND ISLAND–The living legacy of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in St. Maarten, the wider Caribbean  and Africa, as well as the prevalence of racism or the pretence that such does not exist were the common threads of the Eurotast Symposium themed “Reclaiming African Identity from Africa to the Americas” held at University of St. Martin on Friday.

Resident archaeologist Jay Haviser firmly pushed the door open on how race and self-identity played active roles in St. Maarten society in the past and still play today by profiling the lives, accomplishments and legacy of four St. Maarteners. Two were of a “white” background – Claude Wathey and Charles Vlaun – and two were “black” – Lionel B. Scot and José Lake Sr. Scot and Lake Sr. both had “clear pride” in their identities as St. Maarteners and their African ancestry. However, they provide examples of different  approaches to dealing with the social contexts on the island in their time.

Scot used “a strategy to gain favour among leaders in the ‘white’ community” and “he advanced in both business and political goals, often as the only representative African- descendant, resulting from his successful adaptations,” Haviser pointed out.

Lake Sr.’s strategy was “to fight the established ‘white’ authority, gaining passionate, yet less public, support f the ‘black’ community, resulting in devastation of his business and hindrance of his political goals.”

Both approaches have had long-term positive impacts for African-descendants, yet the Scot strategy produced more successful short-term results, thus becoming the more prevalent role model, Haviser said.

Wathey and Vlaun also showed pride in their identity as St. Maarteners. They saw their societal advantages for economic position and advancement, with their strategies based more on variable ranking within the elite-status hierarchy. “Wathey used his inherited elite position to further his economic and political goals, as a form of continuity of 19th century social structure, and even though he and Vlaun were early political allies, clear competition was always evident between them, as Vlaun posed a threat to his economic advantage,” Haviser said.

“While Vlaun was the underdog from the isolated white Simpson Bay group, seeing his racial context’s advantage, yet having minimal elite status, this hindered development of both his business and political goals, yet till kept him ahead of most competing African-descendants.” These were not so much differing social strategies as much as different starting positions for economic advantage, Wathey clearly being more successful in the long term.

Haviser described the symposium as a starting point to “genuine open discussions” about “the emotional issues” of slavery and race. “We need to shake the tree and discuss issues that are painful.” Expounding on the role of public archaeology, he said the study of the past had evolved from “where the sites are” to the creation of awareness about “the journey to long-forgotten past,” with the aim of inspiring more exploration into cultural heritage.

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams added her voice to the discussion about identity when she declared the symposium open in the presence of Governor Eugene Holiday. She said the generalisation and use of the term “St. Maartener” would continue to spur controversy and fuel a much-needed discussion in the community. This is a part of the building of the St. Maarten nation beyond its political and physical boundaries, she added.

Like Haviser, Dr. Atwell Cain of the Institute of Cultural Heritage and Knowledge in The Netherlands was very candid about the role race plays, especially in European Dutch society. He plainly said the Dutch society did not regard racism as real and people were content to believe that theirs was “the only country where racism doesn’t exist. The Dutch society also sees slavery as “something that happened outside of The Netherlands,” he said.

The Dutch are “not free to forget slavery,” Cain said as he spoke about “Slavery and Memory in The Netherlands: Who needs to commemorate.”

In Caribbean societies, the “whiteness” of one’s skin still determines “who’s in and who’s out.” Everyone will admit to being “halfeverything but half-black,” Cain said.

Eurotast head Professor Tom Gilbert of University of Copenhagen said St. Maarten was important to the study of the impact of slavery, as was the rest of the Caribbean region. He highlighted the role of Eurotast in forging connections and links with past via science and living history.

Giving the “Archaeological Perspectives on Slavery in Africa” lecture, Professor Kodzo Gavua of University of Ghana pointed out that while many saw the time of enslavement as over, there was the scourge of modernday slavery, a bondage left over from the days when people were ferreted away from Africa and the instilling of the idea that nothing African is good. He said there needed to be more self-pride and until Africans learned to see themselves as producers, not only consumers of outside products and ideas, this “new slavery” could not be abolished.

St. Eustatius Centre for Archaeological Research SECAR archaeologist Ruud Stelten spoke about the work in St. Eustatius on a recently unearthed slave village and plans for observance of the 150th anniversary of the aboliton of slavery in the Dutch Caribbean on July 1. He noted that slaves in St. Eustatius appeared to have had a bit more freedom than those on other islands because of Statia’s small size.

The symposium was hosted by St. Maarten Archaeological Centre Simarc in cooperation with Leiden University. The gathering brought together numerous doctoral candidates and Eurotast fellows in the areas of biology, mathematics and history studies, with professors and “first voices” of community and cultural activists from the St. Maarten/St. Martin community. The two-day symposium, which ends today, Saturday, sought to explore and question the ways archaeology has contributed to academic and public understanding of slavery in the Atlantic world, both as an institution and as a lived experience for people of African descent.

Writer Blair McDowell’s new novel; a paranormal romance set on St. Eustatius

Come and meet local author, Lois Choksy, writing as Blair McDowell www.blairmcdowell.com. Many of you know that Mrs Choksy has had a house on Statia for the past 40 years.  Her recent novel “Delighting In Your Company” is a paranormal romance set on Statia and based on the local lore of the ghost of Whitewall.
 
Book Signing at Mazinga on the Bay on Saturday, February 2nd from 2 to 5pm
 
If you are not on Statia, but interested to buy the book, you can order it on: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B007UT37VI/readireali-20
 

Slave Trade archaeology on St Eustatius

 POND ISLAND–EUROTAST, a Marie Curie Initial Training Network with the primary objective of training a new generation of researchers, will hold a symposium on slavery for its fellows in St. Maarten on February 8-9 at the University of St. Martin. A public day on February 8 starting at 9:00am has been organised to allow residents to learn more about studies related to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

Prior to the symposium, themed Archaeology of Slavery: Reclaiming African identity from Africa to the Americas, archaeological fieldwork will be carried out on St. Eustatius.

A Danish film crew will document the events of the EUROTAST programme.

St. Maarten Archaeological Centre SIMARC in cooperation with Leiden University, will host the symposium while St. Eustatius Center for Archaeological Research SECAR and the university will host the fieldwork.

The EUROTAST training initiative in St. Eustatius is the second of its kind focussing on the archaeology of slavery and ethically-engaged practice. This initiative will begin with a seven-day course in practical fieldwork and  conclude with the twoday symposium on the same topics with papers given by prominent scholars working on the subject.

The fieldwork for the EUROTAST fellows will be at an enslaved African village site associated with an 18 th century sugar plantation. The fieldwork will be supervised by SECAR archaeologist Ruud Stelten and Professors Corinne Hofman and Menno Hoogland from Leiden University.

This training course will introduce the fellows to basic field techniques and provide a unique opportunity to work on an archaeological site linked to colonial slavery in the Caribbean. The two-day symposium seeks to explore and question the ways archaeology has contributed to academic and public understanding of slavery in the Atlantic world both as an institution and as a lived experience for people of African descent.

Voices from the St. Maarten cultural community have been invited to reflect more widely on the transatlantic slave trade and its representation in a local context. The programme will also include a roundtable discussion on ethics in archaeology and a public lecture on symposium themes given by Professor Theresa Singleton from Syracuse University.

A selection of symposium papers will be edited and compiled for a special issue of the Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage.

Several eminent professors are slated to make presentations at the symposium including Professor Kodzo Gavua of University of Ghana, Professor Tom Gilbert of University of Copenhagen, Dr. Artwell Cain of the Institute of Cultural Heritage and Knowledge, Professor Theresa Singleton of Syracuse University, Dr. Patrice Courtaud of University of Bordeaux, and resident archaeologist Dr. Jay Haviser among others.

Representing “the First Voice” at the symposium will be former Minister of Culture Dr. Rhoda Arrindell, author Lasana M. Sekou, cultural activists Clara Reyes, Daniella Jeffry, Shujah Reip, Fabian Ade Badejo, and Jose Lake Jr.

For more information, visit  http://eurotast.eu/

on the picture: The Slave Fort (also known as the Water Fort and Fort Amsterdam) is located on Oranje Bay and was the main trans-shipment point for Enslaved Africans. (source http://www.steustatiushistory.org/StatiaHistoryandArchaeology2.htm)

Killy Killy Band still going strong

(From DH 31-12-12) ST. EUSTATIUS–For more than 75 years and until this day Killy Killy Band’s string music is enlivening celebrations of all kinds in St. Eustatius. In its early days, the band was known as then Hippie Boys, when legendary musicians such as the late Dip ”Styler” Redan and Ishmael “Ishie“ Arnaud played the fife and Edward ”Buck” Duinkerk played the steel pan, going from door to door during the holidays, serenading the community. These three were immortalized by a bronze statue commissioned by Dr. Paul Schats, who used to play along with the band during the holidays. The statue was placed in the yard of the Government Guesthouse. Since about ten years, the band goes by the name of Killy Killy Band, of which women singers are now also members. Walton “Lord Gene” Schmidt used to be the lead singer, but now other vocalists may also be heard. Jeannette Bos of The Netherlands also fell in love with the band and returns to St. Eustatius every year to play along. She even learned to play one of the traditional string instruments used in the band. The band plays for numerous festive occasions, such as weddings, church services or during the arrival of distinguished guests on the island.

Lord Gene at the Boys Brigade Christmas Parade this Christmas