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City Of Paramaribo with Suriname river (right) and Commewijne River (left) Atlantic Ocean(front)

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Wi Egi Prisiri (70's winning march based on traditional music)

Friday, October 26, 2007

THE MANY ROOTS OF SURINAME MUSIC
















Left: Painting of slave trading
Right: Descendent's of slaves dancing in there village

I was born 70 years to late ( ~ | * )



THE MUSIC FROM SURINAME HAS BEEN INFLUENCED BY ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD.
AS YOU MAY HAVE HEARD AFTER SLAVERY WAS ABOLISHED IN 1863 THE PLANTERS NEEDED WORKERS.


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