I was born in Aruba in 1965. After a few years my family moved to the Netherlands. Our family consisted of my father, a Surinamese guitarist, my Dutch mother, my brother, sister and me. We have always been involved with music a great deal. For the Surinamese part of my family making music was very common.
Even today we play together at parties and special occasions or just for fun.
....to the academy
Music was for me a normal part of everyday life, although the idea of being a professional musician had not yet taken hold. I had already several instruments such as the piano, violin, guitar, bass and drums under my belt.
It was in this house full of instruments that my father inspired me to learn percussion. Later on I also studied percussion at the music academy.
South American rhythms have always had a special place in my heart. Harmonic instruments like piano and bass are to be played rhythmically. This is still my passion: tense harmonies swingingly laid out. My interest is broader than just percussion and I play a range of different instruments which you can hear in my compositions.
...but also Cuba and Africa
During trips to Cuba, Brazil and Africa I studied the percussive techniques of different cultures. This has been instrumental in developing my own style, a style which fuses these 3 cultures. Tradition is something I find very important. It is important to know the origin of things. Only then you can play with full knowledge and scope. That is a major challenge and one I take on gladly.