“POPiamentu” is a project we started a few years ago on the island of Curacao, translating well-known pop songs into (my native language) “Papiamentu”. By doing this we try to encourage local artist to write in our own language and contribute to our own culture & legacy.
Our aim is to show that it IS POSSIBLE to write songs in a foreign language (in this case “Papiamentu”) and still reach international hit charts.
A few examples are Reggae/ Dance Hall songs in Jamaican Creole or Afrobeats in Nigerian and Ghanaian languages.In this cover “Bed of Lies” I’ve teamed up with Curacaoan rapper Qd El Mago from the group Area 51 who has several number-one hits on the island. If Nicki Minaj was born in Curacao, her part in this song would sound like this…
Special thanks to THE team Stanley Alejandro Clementina (piano/arrangement/mixing) and Thareyck Martina (videoshoot/editing/artwork).Let’s keep up the movement! ♥
Check out our past interveew with Tamara Nivillac here