Wapa pa Seú

Wapa pa Seú

As some of you may have noticed from my social media (cultural clothing and dancing videos), I have participated in one of Curaçao’s parades Seú (pronounced: “Say-oe”). Seú translates to harvest, so as you can guess with Curaçao being all cultural and historical, it originates from slavery. This is why everyone who participates in the parade is dressed in clothing that the slaves used to wear. Only… well, with more colours and a modern touch. Some even walk around with a basket of artificial fruit and veggies that would have grown in the plantation.

My cousin Nohely just so happened to be in a dancegroup and asked me if I also wanted to dance along in the parade. I considered it a challenge for me because I didn’t even know what kind of music we would be dancing to, lol. I would have to learn a lot, especially the dance moves because it’s really something that has to be IN you.

Another reason of why I wanted to participate is because I wanted to feel like an actual “Yu’i Korsou”. I have been on Curaçao a few months now, but I am still being called a fake Curaçaoan, or Makamba. I hate that word. Just because I have grown up in The Netherlands and don’t speak Papiamentu fluently, doesn’t mean I don’t own the Curaçaoan half of my blood. So dancing such a cultural dance and participating in such a cultural event was my way of saying: “I am from here, I am here and my mixed nationality doesn’t mean I’ve picked a side, I am both.

Okay, more about the parade itself. It was definitely one heck of an experience. Besides that our clothing wasn’t even ready on the morning of the parade, everything went quite smooth. We had to DANCE about 8km in the burning hot sun, which took about 4 hours. Can you imagine? Given the fact that we were only handed water, (no juice or soda what you would normally get during a parade) there were a few moments where I literally thought I would pass out. But through it all, I had such a great time! I loved the energy that everyone had, it was so cool to see the people on the side dancing along and enjoying our performance on the street.

Would I do it again? I have no idea, lol. Guess we’ll find out next year, enjoy the pics!!

@ Kantadó Mayó. This is a 3-night competition where the main song of Seú will be chosen. This song will represent Seú for that year.

@ Kantadó Mayó.
This is a 3-night competition where the main song of Seú will be chosen. The winning song will represent Seú for the rest of the year.

 

@ Kantadó Mayó The 2nd guy from the right is my cousin Courtney singing :)

@ Kantadó Mayó
The 2nd guy from the right is my cousin Courtney singing 🙂

 

@ Kantadó Mayó

@ Kantadó Mayó

 

Cuties Nohely and Roosje

Cuties Nohely and Roosje

 

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Prepping my “Lensu”

 

All smilez

All smilez

 

Done got my hurr did

Done got my hurr did

 

READY

READY

 

Completely dressed

Checking out my Arpargata’s

 

Completely dressed

Completely dressed

 

Our group: Beisima!

Our group: Beisima! (Beauty has many faces)

 

 

 

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Elena

Elena

 

My angel looking all gorgeous

My angel looking all gorgeous

 

With my cousin Shadira

With my cousin Shadira

 

With Roosje

With Roosje

 

 

With my lovely Dad

With my lovely Dad

 

Daddy & Hely

Daddy & Hely

 

 

 

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With love,


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