Izaline Calister - Singer, composer and lyricist with a distinctive personal musical style. A charismatic performer, at times warm and intimate, then again expressive and extroverted, masterfully weaving together the traditional music of her native island, Curaçao (Dutch Caribbean), with Jazz. Izaline possesses the exceptional gift that makes all the difference for a soloist, as she sings in her mother tongue, Papiamentu, with feeling and grace. She has this ability to remain true to her roots and successfully reach out and conquer audiences around the world singing in an unfamiliar language, while melding seamlessly the pulsating rhythms of Afro-Antilles music with influences from pop, jazz, flamenco, brazilian and african music.
My new CD ‘Di Fiesta’ is ready! ‘Di Fiesta’ is the way we describe in Papiamento the feeling of being in a festive mood. The CD is filled with cheerful Christmas and New Year songs. Some of the songs people from the Dutch Caribbean grew up with. Others are familiar in other languages but were translated into Papiamento. I even wrote a few new ones and hope you will like them.
For the CD I invited a few of my musical friends to celebrate with me. For instance, my friend Yumarya and I sing a great salsa together. Then there's a very festive track by ‘Grupo di Betico’ from Aruba with me as their lead-singer. Very special to me is a 2001 recording I found of a Christmas Show presentation by Nydia Ecury. I added new music and the voices of singing children to her words and included the track as a tribute to this great artist.
The songs on ‘Di Fiesta’ in one way or another are all very close to me and I'd like you to consider them as my gifts to you: 13 musical presents from ‘Mother Xmas’ Izaline :) As the holiday season is almost upon us and a new year beckons, I would love for you to join me in this festive mood I’m in!