A post by Peter Jordens.
Curaçao-born, Netherlands-based singer-composer Izaline Calister has been made Dame of the Order of Orange-Nassau of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. She recently received the decoration that accompanies the royal honor from Mayor Peter den Oudsten of the city of Groningen where she lives with her husband and daughter.
RTL Nieuws writes that “Calister distinguishes herself as an artist by connecting the traditional music of her island of birth with jazz; her repertoire has other Afro-Caribbean influences and is always sung in Papiamentu. This makes her an important ambassador of Curaçaoan culture in the Netherlands and abroad.” Calister often combines her performances with voluntary work and charity in both the Netherlands and Curaçao.
For the complete, original news article (in Dutch), go to https://www.rtlnieuws.nl/rtlboulevard/izaline-calister-geridderd-in-groningen
A video of the decorative event is available at https://caribischnetwerk.ntr.nl/2018/04/26/curacaose-zangeres-izaline-calister-ontvangt-koninklijke-onderscheiding