Going back to my roots … but how?
WMF panel @ inJazz – Friday June 23- 16.00

Imagine: your (grand)-parents descend from Cape Verde, Chili, Curaçao, Ghana, Indonesia, Suriname; countries the Netherlands was connected to for all sorts of reasons. Imagine: You want to continue their musical heritage, adding to more specific reasons.

July 1 2023: at Keti Koti (the chain is cut) 150 years of abolition of slavery in Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles will be commemorated.

2024: opening of the first Migration Museum in the Netherlands. Both moments mark the need to look back- & forward while opening new perspectives. After all, the diaspora of musical DNA plays a crucial role in the reconstruction of migration processes.

But how, and from which sources? As good as the Netherlands Jazz Archief (NJA) documents Dutch jazz history, the archiving of Dutch worldmusic is in a poor state. Certainly, overlaps with NJA do exist, for instance when it comes to Surinamese and Antillean musicians. Still, where to search when Internet yields little and you thus have to rely on scattered private sources? Moreover, how useful are analogue archives in our digital era?

One panel, three answers

  • Francesco Martinelli
    He is the editor of the pioneering publication History of European Jazz (Equinox, 2018), a popularizer of jazz in Italy as well as a concert promoter, journalist and challenging speaker: “Jazz is a genre in the marketplace and an artistic affilation but has never been satisfactorily defined” (Womex, 2012).
  • Jan Brouwer
    In daytime a librarian at the Netherlands Jazz Archief, at night active as a respected gypsy-jazz guitarist.
  • Vernon Chatlain
    Being both anthropologist and musician Vernon digs up the musical past of his Caribbean ancestors to imagine how it once was. Why? Check out his new album Imershón!

    Host: Stan Rijven
    Stan Rijven is pop journalist, deejay and programme maker. Founder of PAN (Pop Archief Nederland), co-founder of IASPM (International Association for the Study of Popular Music) and World Music Forum NL.

Tickets inJazz
From 21 – 23 June with free live music in Amsterdam (BIMHUIS) and Rotterdam (LantarenVenster, club MOOD and Fotovakschool). In addition, the conference part will take place in Rotterdam on Thu 22 June (Batavierhuis) and Fri 23 June (LantarenVenster).

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