Listening to Izaline Calister “Mi Pais”
“Atardi Korsou ta Bunita”, or Willem Hendrikse,
or Rudy Plaate “Dushi Korsou” or IC & CR “Mi ta stimabu“,
and Frank might also have liked Las Unicas “Ban Gradici Senjor” from Aruba
Frank Martinus Arion passed away yesterday in Curaçao. The English wikipedia site is a bit short, with his 1973 literary debut Double play. His important scientific work is his thesis: “The kiss of a slave”, that traces Papiamentu to Africa.
Masha Danki !
Frank wouldn’t have wanted us to be sad. The best way to to thank him is to have the biggest party of all.
I met Frank in the bar of the then hotel Mira Punda in Scharloo. These are old pictures taken by its then-owner Jose Rosales in 2005. Nowadays it is refurbished, and you should check out Hotel Scharloo or see pictures, or see booking.com.
A second time in 2005-2006 Frank came by to discuss the future of the Caribbean, and we sat there on the terras of Mira Punda. I was just getting my driver’s licence so it was impossible to drive up to his place.
Just a year later, in 2006, when I had returned to Holland, his book Double Play was presented as the Dutch liberaries book of the year, and I met him again in The Hague.
Here is my view on the future of the Caribbean, no doubt influenced by these brief but powerful meetings about national independence. Perhaps the Caribbean could develop a sense of nationhood ?