Ken ta Basha Abou? 50 Aña di Farandula di sra. Faritah Luidens

Celebrating 50 years in entertainment with a mega-concert, Aruba’s most loved comedienne/actress/singer Faritah Luidens.

Faritah reports her mother wanted her to pick a money-making profession and stay away from music and entertainment but grandma knew better, she realized Faritah’s heart belonged to the stage and travelled with her secretly to Colombia at age 17 to cut a 45 rpm single record, the one with the large central hole, with two innocent love-songs in Spanish on it.

She will be singing these oldies but goldies on stage on September 22nd, at Cas Di Cultua, and I am predicting a full house, because Faritah and her alter-ego Tica Basha Bao, are icons of popular culture in Aruba.

Visitors have a hard time understanding the phenomenon of Tica, a loud woman in mismatched clothes, wearing a rumpled hat, wrapped in a hot pink feather boa, mouthing like a world-expert to the TV camera, for the past 22 years.

She looks both outlandishly brave and pathetic, with that huge sparkle in her eyes. She is our Court-Jester, or the equivalent to the Fool in Medieval and Renaissance theater, she tells the truth.

Camera man Norman Thijsen and sister Marjory Vermeer share copy-rights on Tica. They encouraged Faritah to give voice to commentary on local affairs. Marjory has always been a straight-forward critic, and Faritah, through Tica, got to speak her mind, too, humorously.

Aruba is a polite and restrained society, and only in costume everything goes.

Tica, explains Faritah, is a typical country-side local with a 6-grade education. She is unmarried, she doesn’t drive, no license obviously, she has no bank account. She is opinionated and gossipy, yet her most endearing quality is her tolerance, as she accepts rules and authority, and sweetly and subversively speaks out against the unfair. She makes the case FOR and AGAINST any injustice in just one take. She flipflops, starting somewhere with the official version and ends airing her personal critical views.  

But Faritah is more than just a comedienne. She has contributed to theater on the island for the past 5 decades, and has been the co-host of Telearuba’s Nos Mainta, morning show, for seven years.

This woman is a born performer. She started as a singer, and evolved into a TV personality, popular in Aruba and Curacao, a staple, a household name.

Plans for the future? Sell out the show, and deliver pure entertainment to a loving audience of local fans on Sept 22, 2019. Then complete a documentary about Surinam, then go back to TV, possibly Curacao.

All this Faritah explains, would not have been possible without her son, Jason Croes. Yes, she raised a #1 fan and his drive and creativity fuel her activities, he can read my mind, she says, and is a joy to work with.

Smart, fun woman. He husband thinks so, her sister thinks so, her son does too.         

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