54 entries Tumba Festival
WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao is in the grip of the Carnival celebration. This year there will be 54 Tumba (Road March song) in competing during the Festival di Tumba 2015.
Yesterday the subscription day took place at the Curaçao Festival Center. Several familiar faces have registered, including Djuric Virginie, Amos Balentin, Humphrey ‘Ompi’ Stefania and Urvin ‘Luwi’ Jano.
Newcomer this year, reggae singer Junior Tecla with his Tumba ‘Mama Carnival’.
Another newcomer is Ching Ping Li, with his Tumba Chin su sous (Chin’s sause) he wants to be the King of Tumba 2015.
According to the Curaçao Music Association, Curaçao’s biggest music celebration will be even bigger this year. Each participant will be stronger this year competing for the title of Rei de Tumba (Tumba King).
Tumba is a musical form native to Aruba and Curaçao. It is of African origin, although the music has developed since it was introduced on the island in the 17th century. The Curaçao-born composer Jan Gerard Palm was the first composer to write Curaçao Tumbas. The lyrics can be very explicit. Nowadays the Tumba takes influences from the merengue and Latin jazz.