- Posted October 22, 2012 by
Bonaire, Kralendijk, Netherlands Antilles
This iReport is part of an assignment:
World's most romantic holidays
- Bonaire's constitutional structure, the self-determination referendum and the list of Non-Self-Governing Territories of the United Nations.
- CALL FOR REFERENDUM IN BONAIRE
- William Anthony, on being the guest of Minister Edwin Abath, talks about music and the Shoco.
- Preserving Bonaire's traditions, folklore and culture.
- Cedric Soleano has been lynched
The beauty to win back and preserve Bonaire's traditions, folklore and culture.
As since October 10th, 2010 the island Bonaire has been integrated in the Dutch Constitution without holding a self-determination referendum, the inhabitants are afraid of losing their cultural identity and the character of the island. A well known tradition is the Simadan; a folk festival celebrating the sorghum harvest on the island of Bonaire. The music features back-and-forth singing from one group to another accompanied by such instruments as the guitar, marimba, bari (drum), karko (conchshell)..., and triangle. Hand-clapping also drives the rhythm. The wapa, a Simadan dance, involves rows of dancers moving and interacting with each other to a steady beat. Another one of the best-known songs sung during the Simadan is Remailo.