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.

Doorzettingsvermogen en Wilskracht

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Op 10 september 2004 werd op Bonaire een niet-bindend referendum gehouden.

Uitslag referendum

Optie Stemmen Percentage
A: binnen de Nederlandse Antillen blijven 853 15,94
B: een directe band met Nederland 3.182 59,45
C: een autonoom land binnen het Koninkrijk 1.290 24,10
D: volledige onafhankelijkheid van het Koninkrijk 27 0,50
Blanco en ongeldige stemmen 106 1,94
Opkomst 5.458 57,24


Op 11 oktober 2006 bereikte Bonaire (samen met Saba en Sint Eustatius) een akkoord met de Nederlandse regering over een rechtstreekse band met Nederland. De Nederlandse Antillen zijn op 10 oktober 2010 ontbonden en Bonaire, gelijk aan Saba en Statia, als openbare lichaam zoals bedoeld in artikel 134 van de Grondwet ingericht.

Het was de bedoeling dat er ook nog een referendum zou worden gehouden op 15 januari 2010, dat na veel politieke ophef – zowel op de Antillen als in Nederland – niet doorging. Uiteindelijk werd er na overleg met de minister van Binnenlandse Zaken, Piet Hein Donner toch een referendum gehouden op 17 december 2010 die door politieke partijen is geboycot.

Inmiddels heeft de Nederlandse regering het wetsvoorstel strekkende tot het opnemen van een constitutionele basis voor BES aangenomen waarbij Bonaire, Saba i Statia definitief in Nederland geïntegreerd zullen worden als bedoeld in het door de regering voorgestelde nieuwe artikel 132a van de Nederlandse Grondwet. De procedure wordt nu in de Eerste Kamer voortgezet. Dit alles gebeurd zonder zonder de zelfbeschikkingsreferendum te houden. Wij vinden dit gang van zaken onacceptabel.

Why is the peoples’ right of self-determination emphasized to this extent? Because if the right of self-determination of people as a group is not secured, then the basic right of each individual in the group will not be secured.”

In het licht van het voorafgaande is de bevolking van Bonaire van mening dat ze hun recht op zelfbeschikking niet hebben uitgeoefend. De bevolking heeft immers geen bewuste keuze kunnen maken over hun toekomstige politieke status. De keuze voor directe banden is een andere dan de keuze voor integratie, die zelfs niet voorlag als keuze. Noch heeft de bevolking de kans gehad om zelf hun eigen economische, sociale en culturele ontwikkeling ter hand te nemen. Volgens de Resolutie 1541 van de Verenigde Naties moet iedere wijziging van een status “een vrijwillig uitgesproken wens zijn van de bevolking van het betreffend gebied die handelt met volledige kennis van de wijziging van hun status…”

Wij teken daarom deze petitie.

Porque Sólo Soñé


An exception on Music from Bonaire is the song Porque Sólo Soñé because it is not a popular song that we consider as one of our “traditionals”. But with this song, I reached in 1983 the final of the X Festival de la canciòn y de la voz de Puerto Rico in representation of Bonaire. This song is written by Lito Escarso and Andrés Redondo from Argentina.

Music from Bonaire has been made possible through the generous support of the Bonairian business center. y Image

The tragedy of Bonaire


Many of you may never have heard before about Bonaire, haven’t been there yet and also do not know where it is located. In order to understand the background of my songs I will give a short introduction to the history of the island where I was born; my island.

Bonaire is not really far away from Venezuela and “was” a Dutch colony.

As I mentioned in the story behind the song Mi Deseo, after the slavery abolition in 1863, most slaves have received a plot of land. They cultivated the ground with sorghum and maize and celebrated the harvest festival, the Simadan, singing Remailo in freedom. But 5 years later, on september, 1st 1868, is the island of Bonaire (Government plantation including Klein Bonaire) was divided into seven large lots and in the context of “empowerment” on charge of the Governor of the colony of Curaçao (and dependencies, which under Aruba and Bonaire) very large parts thereof has been sold in public to the highest bidders. So a large part of Bonaire was privately owned in lots. Just to mention the Plantation Bolivia, Planation Washington, Planattion Slagbaai, the salt pans etcetera etcetera and as the seventh and the final lot Klein Bonaire, all this “subject to the coastal strip who remained at general interest “publicly available”; the current dive sites. So Bonaire is ceased to be a large government plantation. The reason for this was that it has become clear that an official business without slaves was too cumbersome and also too expensive for the maintenance of the island. The song Bye Bye Mairi on my cd-single Grandi Grandi Grandi is dediacted to one of those dive sites. Years ago, Klein Bonaire was owned by Harry Belafonte. He was so inspired by it that he wrote the song “Oh Island in the sun”. Was he singing Jamaica Farewell on his Banana Boat sailing to Klein Bonaire? Around the turn of the century, he sold it to the island administration of Bonaire. Grupo Piedra di Bonaire gave with the CD album “Ban Kuid’e” (1997) a helping hand to get  it done. But Mathilda took his money and run to Venezuela. Also Angelina was there with her concertina. Anyhow, Klein Bonaire is now a protected landscape area since 2001.

After being a Dutch colony Bonaire became since 1954 together with the other islands, Curaçao, Aruba, Saba, Statia and Sint Maarten, the Netherlands Antilles. An autonomous Caribbean country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

In his joy for the end of the colonial status and enthusiasm for the obtained autonomy in 1954, after eight years of negotiations, Boeis Haile composed a number of songs which expresses the joy to finally have its (the Netherlands Antilles) own national anthem and a flag. The song “Himno di Bandera” is one of them. He also had a great admiration for the island of Bonaire and composed the waltz Bonaire. This song is on Music from Bonaire produced in 1998 by me and has till now for many people on the island a special meaning. 

 This country, the Netherlands Antilles, is on October 10th, 2010 (10-10-10) dissolved, all of its constituent islands remain part of the kingdom under a different legal status and the problems began.

In short, it comes to the point that in 2004 in preparation for the dessolving of the Netherlands Antilles a referendum is held. The population has chosen for “direct ties” with The Netherlands but the interpretation would be determined in a further following referendum. It has not come so far because the government of The Netherlands decided to annex Bonaire without a self-determination referendum as enshrined in the resolutions 1541 and 1514 of the United Nations. The government assumed that “direct ties” was meant integration and found that it was not desirable to wait on the outcome of the referendum. Very odd that the Government of Netherlands “direct ties” would have misunderstood because in 2009 with the acknowledge of the government they was working on preparations to organise a referendum before 10-10-10. Unfortunately, this has not happened. The custom Dutch law was introduced and since then, there is confusion and it goes bad on the island.

The inhabitants are afraid of losing their cultural identity and the character of the island Bonaire.

 The songs on my albums are for the preservation and promotion of the intangible cultural heritage of the Netherlands Antilles.

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There is a book published about that issue known as “De Tragiek van Bonaire”; The Tragedy of Bonaire.

Music from Bonaire has been made possible through the generous support of the Bonairian business center.

Supported by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Netherlands Antilles and Aruba I have produced the album “Kunuku” in 2011.

And now let the music play. Download Music from Bonaire at the various download portals worldwide. 

Y ahora que sigue la fiesta con Music from Bonaire. Descargalo ahora en AmazonMP3 (USA), iTunes y varios otros mas mundialmente.

Christmas Market


Christmas Market

In december 2013, the OCaN (Consultative Body for the people of the Durch Caribbean) organized a well-visited Christmas market in the Caribbean spheres in Amsterdam. Far from home but still the warmth of Christmas on the Islands. On the photo: The President of OCaN sings a duetje with William Anthony.

CD-single Grandi Grandi Grandi – William Anthony

CD-single Grandi Grandi Grandi – William Anthony

During some years William Anthony dedicated much acuity to traditional and folklore songs of the Dutch Antillean islands. The cd single Music from Bonaire that he produced in 1998 has been followed by various another productions. The last one was the cd-album Kunuku realised with the support of the Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds Nederlandse Antillen en Aruba.

There are also many songs which made a big imprenshon on the artist and he decided to translate some of them in Papiamentu. The title of cd-single of william anthony is refering to the song Grande Grande Grande. Originally an italian song interpreted by various artist international as Mina Manzini, Julio Iglesias, Shirley Bassey y Vicky Carr. The romantic ballad Nos Ta Uno is originally a composition of Armando Manzanero with the title Somos Novios.

Bye Bye Mairi is dedicated to the wreck of Mairi Bahn. Known as “windjammer”, Bonaire’s ghost wreck, Bonny Mary and Deep Schooner. In her time she was one of the most beautiful ships build in the year 1874. In the year 1912 sailing with a cargo of asphalt from Trinidad to Marseille sank the ship off the south coast of Bonaire. A very like site for experienced divers with admiration for the leftover.

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