Published On: Fri, Jan 29th, 2016

AMAK President refutes corruption accusations

GomezWILLEMSTAD - Not 5000 but 1500 guilders were to the bands Score and Danza last year after they did not make it to the second round of the Tumba Festival. This is according to the President of the Curaçao Musicians and Artists Association (AMAK), Manfred “Feco” Gomez. His decision to give money to these two bands were rejected by the then jury of the tumba competition. The AMAK held a press conference about the allegations of the former jury president and attorney Glenn Camelia.

According to Gomez, the decision to give these two bands fund in 2015 was made in the General Assembly of the association. As president, the only thing he did was execute the decision of the members.

The participation of Score and Danza at the Tumba Festival last year took much effort and taken. Angelo Dopwell, Danza’s bandleader, provided arrangements of nine tumbas. None of them got a spot in the finals.

To still be rewarded for his services AMAK decided to accommodate him in the costs incurred by the bands. This year, all the bands were given an allowance of 500 guilders. That decision was taken in the General Assembly of the association.

Last Monday, at the awards ceremony of the 2016 Tumba Festival, Gomez said that he has always acted properly and transparently. “We have never been involved in any illegal or criminal activities. We have always done our work conscientiously,” the president said.

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