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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)

Monday, May 18, 2009

George Scheermaker Koto Dansi CD

George Shermacher/Scheermaker during a party back in Suriname

George Scheermaker was one of the great Suriname saxophone players, he had a special vibrating sound with his sax.
This cd consist mostly of "kotodansi" traditional music for the woman (Koto Misies) to show of there traditional Creole dresses. But there is also a sweet Suriname waltz.

The clothing for which this music is ment is called "Koto Misi" which also is the name for the lady/woman wearing it.

The wife's of the slave owners where very jealous at the nice figured slave girls/woman so they made them dress up in big baggy clothes, so the masters would not me attracted to them.
Modern Koto Misi
During slavery it was also not allowed for the male & female slaves to openly have contact with each other.
So a "dress code" was developed to give messages to the community.
Especially the "hat pieces" where used for that matter.
So a woman could let the gentlemen know if she was available, married or in mourning just to name a few possibilities.

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George Scheermaker cd

All compositions are by G Scheermaker & A Gemerts