It made me happy to see Michael Lampe at the official Dia Di Betico ceremony, he was warmly welcomed from what I saw in pictures; the MinFec even posed with him in front of the Betico Croes memorial; they both looked equally content and handsome.
They put their polarization on pause for five minutes which was great.
Michael Lampe was the only AVP party-member to attend the ceremony, he said he represented his party but I think it was more his own initiative, after all, they are all somehow related, at least musically.
I remember stories from the old days reporting that politicians divided between party lines still went for a beer after hours. They kept the theatrics up in public, but in private talked to each other.
The funny thing is that there are no ideological differences in Aruba between the parties, they all want exactly the same: Job security for themselves and their voters. So how come they are so polarized?
The appearance put in by Michal Lampe was a move in the right direction.
It also pleased me to see at the island’s Governors reception in honor of the new year that the MinFec is fond of Richard Arends, a member of the opposition party, she stopped by to chat, crossing party lines, a good move because they are the island’s political future – career politicians, intent on keeping their jobs, so they’d better be taking to each other.
Michael Lampe was in the news this weekend. He is serving up five (5) songs, with the Madness Band, competing tonight in the Caiso & Monarch 2020, pre-finals.
As a fresh member of parliament Michael explained he took two years to study the materials and stepped out of music. He is ready to return, now, and while he will not be taking part in Carnival parades, he is doing his share by providing the fuel, the music.
The Madness Band will be backing up five socas, in different styles, for singer Trini-T, Cata Pirata, Johnny Bee, Boss Lady and Robert Yeah.
Lady Boss is Michael’s sister Rachel, her song in Papiamento is the most Criollo, she is fond of the island’s cultural heritage and her music reflects it. Cata Pirata is Michael’s partner, originally from South Africa, she embraced island life and her song is a jungle soca, a new hybrid genre; Robert Yeah’s composition has a catchy play on word; Johnny Bee’s is pure original fun, and Trini-T delivers the authentic Caribbean soca groove.
They are all good, says Michael, and the band had sufficient rehearsal time, in a fantastic recording studio somewhere around Frenchman’s Pass, so they are ready to dazzle and entertain us.
Michael says that after the long-silence he has about 60 to 70 songs ready to hatch, under his Fellows and/or Data Panic labels, and that making music is a major part of his life.
We love to hear that.
We don’t want to take life too seriously.