Musika Folkloriko Rincon – Bonaire

ImageBonairean folkloric music originated in the large farms, such as Washington, Colombia, Karpata, Onima, and Fontein, where the workers made charcoal and lime, cut aloe, raised animals, planted sorghum, collected divi-divi pods, and cured goat skins. The songs were religious, social or harvest songs. This music can still be heard, especially at special celebrations throughout the year.

During the months of February through April, Bonaire celebrates with harvest festivals and one can hear the songs of Simadan (harvest festival), such as Belua, Remailo, Ma Yega and Dan simadan. June is the time of San Juan (St. John) and San Pedro (St. Peter), while October through December is the time of Bari.

In the past, Rincon produced some well-known singers, such as Lauchi Sint Jacobo, Isabel Piard, Shon Ban Mercera, Egilio Mercera, Shon Olita Inias. At present the following are well known:

Felipi Sint Jago, Nemencio Winklar, Anna Thode, Juan Mercera, Eustacio Sint Jago and Augustin Kroon.

The folklore music of Bonaire was passed from one generation to another. Due to modern progress, the introduction of electronic equipment, and the usage of music and songs from other countries, these folkoric traditions are in danger. In the future we could possibly lose out rich heritage and folkloric identity.

Because of this, the commission has taken the initiative to preserve some of this culture before it is too late.

Translated by

Sue Ellen Felix. 

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Grupo Piedra Di Bonaire


Foundation Preservation Klein Bonaire ( is a group of residents of Bonaire, from various walks of life, interested in ensuring that Klein Bonaire remains unspoiled by development.

In the opinion of all familiar with the fragile ecology of it’s enviroment and experts who have studied the situation, development of Klein Bonaire would destroy sea turtle nesting grounds, eliminate sea birds breeding areas and cause underwater landslides. These changes could destroy life on the surrounding reef.

Through public awareness and raising money the Foundation hopes to prevent future development on Klein Bonaire.

Supported by Knap Fonds Nederlandse Antillen produced the Foundation in august 1997 the CD “Ban Kuid’e” with Grupo Piedra di Bonaire. Ten songs with a variation of rhythm from Barí till Calypso. The group disbanded many years ago but the songs are still alive.

The funds are now managed by Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) since one of their on-going projects is monitoring and protecting the turtles (and environment) of Klein Bonaire.

When Klein Bonaire was bought back for the people of Bonaire (end of 1999), there was an agreement that nothing could ever be built there – it must remain unspoiled.

“Ban Kuid’e” is available through the various download portals on the Internet.

Bed of roses with spines


In the preface of my book Musika Maestro wrote the lieutenant governor of Bonaire, Master in law mister Richard hart that the showbiz life is not always a bed of roses. He wished me every success with the book.

Although I knew it, now I have to say indeed it is absolutely not a bed of roses. Even in the smallest corner can happen unexpected activities like this one.

In december 2011 I have release the cd-album Kunuku. It was in Christmas days so I was also busy with ordering some snacks. A person should bring my order. But would stay a surprise who the person was. And I was curious. A couple of days later got a phone call. My order has arrived and I could pick it up in the neighborhood. I went to that house and the person was someone I knew in Curaçao but have not seen for many many years. He was a cameraman of the television station on the island. He told me he was making television programs for online streaming and I told him about my new released album. Well, he said in no time he can sell a couple of the cd. I gave him a couple. Later he asked for a dvd with one of my live performances for a television program. I could use it for one of his programs. So far so good. But months going by without hearing something of this guy. I started to make telephone calls and e-mails without results. I went to that house by walk, by car and by bike but no one at home. It is by now June 3th, 2013, one and a half year ago. Maybe a miracle will happen. But that hope was stored away in a lit. That action seems to me a presentation of arrogance, disrespect and abuse. In this case is it a bed of roses with spines! But after this publication I got my things back. Too bad it had to go in a such way.

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