Skempi.com is the brain child of Gino Jacobs and Bouduino De Jong. Which is a very successful attempt to connect our far flung brothers and sisters with the music that is part of their heritage.
For a young lady living just about across the world from my Caribbean roots in L.A. Skempi.com both hit me with nostalgia and soothed me with its inclusion. Basically, exactly what one expects from such a site. The song choices are varied, the sound clean, and the site is easily navigated.
I did notice an unequal balance in the amount of male artists vs. female ones. This disparity, while true worldwide, seems especially stark here. This can hardly be blamed on the creators of this site, and it is my hope as time goes by that we can see a broader selection of female artists. Also, this may just be out of personal preference, but more information about the albums, i.e. date of release, wouldn’t be remiss either.
To be clear, none of that interferes with what is essentially a nostalgic dip into the past. That said this site also does its best to showcase and promote current artists. Giving displaced “YDK” ( Yiu di Korsow) such as myself a window into current events, and even language.
Languages tend to change with the nuances of time, thus nothing holds you closer to a country or a culture than its voices. And for us living far away from any such norms… skempi.com is like carrying “home” in your pocket.