This is one of the oldest forms of Traditional Suriname Music, next to the music of the original habitants of the South American continent "the indians".
It's called "KAWINA", these songs where song by the slaves. Characteristic for this is the form in which the singing is done, a lead singing and the guest/public repeating him.
No electronic instruments are used, the main instruments are, the Kawina drum, the so called "Apintie" drum and a wooden bench.
The group performing in this song is one of the best " Bose Krioro". There are lots of local "Kawina" bands in Suriname, many bands are also a brought, every where Suriname people are these bands are. There are no real Suriname parties without this music.
The beautiful thing of this is that all cultures in Suriname dance to these songs, although it's an Afro American style. But this is normal back in Suriname, all cultures have blended, but holding on to the most characteristics elements of there own culture.
A real Suriname culture is developing 150 years after "traditional" slavery was abolished.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
AS YOU MAY HAVE HEARD AFTER SLAVERY WAS ABOLISHED IN 1863 THE PLANTERS NEEDED WORKERS.
Left: Painting of slave trading
Right: Descendent's of slaves dancing in there village
AT FIRST THE SLAVES ,FROM MOSTLY THE WEST AFRICAN COST, HAD TO STAY AND WORK FOR 10 YEARS ON THERE OLD PLANTATION'S.
IT WAS EXPECTED THAT MOST OF THE FORMER SLAVES WOULD LEAVE THE PLANTATION'S SO WORKERS WHERE CONTRACTED FROM SEVERAL PARTS OF THE WORLD TO COME AND FILL UP THE EMPTY SPACES.
WORKERS WHERE BROUGHT IN FROM CHINA, INDIA, INDONESIA AS CONTRACT WORKERS TO WORK FOR A FEW YEARS AND THEN BE TAKEN BACK TO THERE COUNTRIES
BUT MANY OF THEM NEVER LEFT AND CREATED THE MIXTURE OF CULTURE AND PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE GLOBE
LATER PEOPLE FROM EUROPE, NORTH AFRICA AND OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD CAME AND THE CULTURAL BLEND BECAME EVEN MORE SIGNIFICANT