Preserving language through music

Caribbean rhythms

Wafting in the rhythm of music from the Caribbean coral island San Andres, Hety and Zambo, famously known as the Kings of Creole, made their premier appearance in the Capital recently.

As the Colombian troupe sizzled the gala opening of the Delhi International Arts Festival (DIAF) with Latin hues over the weekend, Metrolife spoke to Hety aka Fabian Perez. Starting the conversation on a peppy note, Fabian expressed, “If you are born in a Caribbean island, you can’t live without dance. Every time we sing, its only 70 per cent singing, the rest is dancing. This is something Delhi will explore in our performance.”

“We are going to be us, we are going to dance and we are going to show what we do,” said the 31-year-old performer adding, “Our performance will be a glimpse of what happens back on a Saturday night in San Andres. Engaging the crowd, bringing them to dance along with us on stage, we will infuse our energy into the audience.”
Bestowed with the title of ‘Kings of Creole’, Hety’s troupe began its journey in 2006.

With an idea to conserve their native language Creole, the group produced its first album ‘Dreams Can Come True’ in 2009. Regaling Metrolife with the group’s story, Hety shares, “Our first album Dreams Can Come True reflected our humble background, the idea of venturing out of a small island to make our language-Creole and music, popular across the world.”

With an unflinching spirit, the band represents the voice of Raizal culture of the Afro-Caribbean community, as Hety reveals, “Our language, Creole, is dying. The native islanders of San Andres learn this language at home. We want it to be preserved for posterity. We want it to be taught at schools and colleges. That’s why we sing our songs in Creole.”

Like every foreign visitor, the Colombian troupe doesn’t want to miss out on visiting Taj Mahal in their first trip to India. Speaking about their new album The Next Step, the singer signs off saying, “Isn’t it self-explanatory? After your dreams come true, you take the next step ahead.”

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