NAKS KASEKO / KAWINA LOCO
The music formation NAKS Kaseko Loco (NKL) does not only play the traditional kaseko, kaskawi and winti music styles, but amplified its repertoire with Caribbean, Latin American and North American soul music. Because of the great expertise in Afro music the musicians of Kaseko Loco, this group now is a household name in Suriname and the Netherlands as well. The musicians of this music band have been very creative in composing new kaseko and kawina songs. NAKS Kaseko Loco – NKL –also creates new musical arrangements, for example by integrating the indigenous (Amerindian) sambura song in their repertoire, or combinations of kaseko, kawina and winti music.
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NAKS WAN RUTU / ALA FIRI (NAWARU)
This dynamic younger persons group is divided in two sections: the singers of Ala Firi and the dancers of Wan Rutu. This group seeks to preserve and present Afro Surinamese culture, especially the aspects of dancing and singing. This section studies and documents the Afro Surinamese arts, especially the dance arts. The section Ala Firi has a broad repertoire, like for example religious songs, soko psalm (Afro Surinamese spirituals), kriyoro dron (creole drum), the maroon music of the Aucaners and the Saramaccaners, and also African songs.
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The oldest NAKS group of singing and dancing – formerly named ”NAKS Zang en Dans”, now named “NAKS Kwanzaa” – is a group for people of every age, that is well-known for its theatre and folkloristic performances, such as the traditional Afro Surinamese winti songs, the banya ceremony, the kra ritual, birthday and wedding celebrations, and funeral and mourning traditions. The group is well-known for its vocal performances by virtuoso singers, dancers and drummers.
NAKS MI AGIDA MUSIC SCHOOL
NAKS music school is named ‘Agida’ – like the big drum – because of the strong, intense and mighty vibration of its sound.
‘Mi Agida’ refers to the ambiance of tone art of African culture where the experience, the making, study and reading of music have an important place. Music art – especially music for listening – is being made with the help of theory knowledge, music appreciation, melody and rhythm education, but is also being transferred without reading music notes from a book. Music specialties include: percussion, piano, guitar, flute, saxophone, trumpet, the African calabash harp kora, the African binta, quarto, presentation techniques, vocal training, rhythm education, theory and composition, and music history. In addition camps are offered for playing in ensembles, jamming and music study. The styles are principally Afro Surinamese, with jazz influences.
This artistic schooling is important for the mental and cultural development of people, especially for the younger generation. The school to create a positive self-image for students by exposing them to (African) tonal art and the creativity of jazz music.
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This Caribbean Female Band of 15 musicians was founded in February 2010 by Band Manager Benjamin Koningferander. Lisibeti Peroti is the musical director of this band that plays easy listening music, having a varied repertoire from the original Afro Surinamese lala kawina, Doeskaskawi (mix kaseko/kawina) and African jazz. The band performs with a diversified strength with bass, percussion section, guitar, drums, keyboard, wind instruments and vocalists. The group plays mostly at festivals in Suriname and abroad. One of the hit songs can be seen on YouTube. The name of the band refers to the famous Ethiopian Queen of Sheeba who ruled at the end of the period of 1500 AD.
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Kotomisi is a group for seniors and is considered to be a source of knowledge and skills. This group does handicrafts, organizes lectures about health and hygiene, educational tours and trips, and also offers gymnastics. This senior group also focusses on knowledge transfer to the younger generation and students.
Akuba is a women’s group dedicated to improve financial, political and cultural circumstances of women living in depressed situations, and to fight against poverty and to increase self-awareness using various cultural ways of expression. This is being done through courses in traditional headscarf binding (tay angisa) and making traditional Afro Surinamese dresses like the koto and koto accessories, traditional indigenous (Amerindian) dresses, fashion accessories, broidery (manual and machine), drapery, but also courses in making one’s own bricks to build houses.
NAKS Theatre specializes in producing theatre performances for a broad public to raise self-awareness and to enforce one’s own cultural identity. The participants of this department learn the skills for performing arts like techniques for culture, singing, dancing and theatre.
NAKS SWITI KAWINA
NAKS Switi Kawina is well-known for its diverse styles, like for example the traditional Afro Surinamese music of kawina, winti and banya. The main objective of this group is to uphold the traditional Afro Surinamese music and to transfer knowledge to the youth.
NAKS NYOFI KRIYORO
The Nyofi are the youngest of the organization. Children from the age of 5 years and older are welcome to participate in this group. Through plays and songs the little ones are being taught the performing arts, music theatre, singing and dancing.
NAKS GRAN ODI
Trowstu singi grupu Gran Odi (group for farewell and consolation songs)
The singineti – the wake with songs for the deceased – is an old tradition in Suriname, and is part of the mourning when a family member or loved one has died. The singineti is a mourn session held the day before the funeral. Family, friends, neighbors and acquaintances visit the house of the deceased to sing to him or her, and to thank the Almighty and to beg Him for peace and salvation of the deceased.
An experienced singer or a group of lead singers do the lead vocals during these singineti. This lead singer or singers know the repertoire of songs, prayers and other texts to be read during the singineti very well. They has/have a good knowledge of the customs and other usages of this ceremony.
NAKS Gran Odi provides services in case you need to organize a funeral. NAKS Gran Odi offers incidental services for individuals or families but they may also be incorporated in a full service funeral or cremation package organized by a professional funeral home. This group is willing to exchange views about services, and special additions. You can call us for an appointment at the telephone numbers 880 2999 or 895 0160.
Organisatie voor Gemeenschapswerk NAKS
Adres: Thomsonstraat 8, Paramaribo
Telefoon: (+597) 499-033