ROTTERDAM, in the Netherlands is a wonderful multi-cultural melting pot. It was not only the port that brought more than 150 nationalities together. Since the 1950s, many immigrants from former Dutch colonies like Suriname, Indonesia and The Small Antilles: Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire settled in the Netherlands. In the 1970s another large immigration took place. Guest workers from Spain, Turkey, former Yugoslavia and Morocco became a part of the Dutch society. Apart from the perils of a religious and cultural nature, a process of fusion of these cultures began to take place. In Rotterdam the term “Worldmusic” could be seen as: “in action firsthand".
The musicians of the "5" met during their studies. They had a penchant for studying various musical styles, in particular Brazilian-, Cuban- and Jazz music. Their love for this music styles compelled them to study in the field. They each travelled to Cuba, Brazil and Argentina which allowed them to become more familiar with the culture. Rich experiences in what is so called 'study in the field' helped to develop their own music, the “CuBraBop”.
One of the greatest qualities of Cubrabop 5 is that they easily switch between styles without losing authenticity, feeling and musical understanding. The flexibility of the quintet, which is obvious in the compositions and the “sound” they create, makes the group special in what they do.
Cubrabop 5 Line-Up:
Jan Dumee: guitar/voc/comp./arr.
Arndt Beckmann: percussion/voc/comp./arr.
Ivo Stuivenberg: piano/voc/comp./arr
Carlos Breton: bass
Udo Demandt: drums