Behind the scenes of the artistic history of William Anthony

Edition: 3

The extended English edition of Musika Maestro.

The Antilliaanse Nieuwsbrief, Volume 43, May / June 2002 issued by the ‘Antillenhuis’ in The Hague:

“His love for the music of Bonaire is rooted in his memories of elderly people from his surroundings making music on self-made stringed instruments made of metal cooking oil can Tralala (blek’i zeta dushi Tralala).”

This book gives a behind the scenes access at the artistic experiences, the challenges and the enjoyable moments of William Anthony.

He also tells briefly about the history of music on the islands of Bonaire, Curaçao and Aruba. And he focuses on the inspired idea behind the creation of some songs. In particular, the connection between the song “Esta Dushi” and the Second World War.

The English edition.
Publication Date: jun 08 2015
ISBN/EAN13: 1511787473 / 9781511787475
Page Count: 86
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 6″ x 9″
Language: English
Color: Full Color
Related Categories:
Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage
“Musika Maestro” by Anthony & Anthony

About the author:

Julino Willem Anthony (February 23, 1956) was born on Bonaire.

There, he attended the primary school and then the Lagere Technische School (Lower Technical School). This education was completed in Curaçao. Then he started his career at Shell Curaçao N.V. at the company school.

He has performed at many venues as a singer and produced his own CDs. He sometimes also has a gig as an actor and (noble) extra in Dutch television productions, in addition to his regular job.

Furthermore, he enjoys what life has to offer.

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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.