Oswin Chin Behilia
Bendishon Disfrasá (Otrabanda, Netherlands)
From the record label:
Recorded in local studios on the island of Curaçao, Bendishon disfrasá is the first international release of the classics songs of one of the finest singer-songwriters from the Dutch Caribbean. It includes lyrics in Papiamento with facing English translations. Behilia has the gift of composing simple, directly appealing melodies whether solo or accompanied by an excellent band his relaxed delivery has a salutary effect, you've got rhythms here that bounce, skip or drive along - Chin's Caribbean-Brazilian grooves float past like a feather on the breeze.
"Anyone taken with romantic singers from Brazil or Cuba won't have a problem with the fact that he doesn't sing in Portuguese or Spanish but in a kind of a cross between them - in Papiamento."
"Oswin Chin Behilia enchanted us with a couple of pretty ballads just on his guitar." (Charlie Gillet at WOMEX 2002)
"Lovely, lilting music from the Dutch Antilles…it's easy to understand the love and respect he enjoys as a musical troubadour of his homeland. Featuring a small band that includes acoustic guitar, flute, electric bass and delicate percussion, this is an exquisite disc that will appeal to anyone who enjoys Cuban trova or campesino music." (Songlines)
"The title track "Bendishon disfrasá "is a real nice groove tune with experience tinged vocals from Oswin. A very interesting release altogether, if you need a new fix of roots from a different quarter then certainly check out Oswin." (The Beat)
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