I'm working on my first bookrelease with publisher Arkmedia. The concept will be based on relationships and how to deal with several situations as a (young) believer. The exact concept and title are still a secret but it'll involve music, contemplation, real life stories (incl. mine) and visual art. Or wait did I share too much?! Haha..talk soon fam, Riv!
This Saturday I'm featured in the Dutch NTR TV Series "De Slavernij Voorbij", a four part tv series that highlights several personal interviews and historical facts of the Transatlantic Slavetrade, and in particular the Dutch role in Suriname and on the Dutch Antilles.
In the 4th and final installment of this great piece of television, historicist Eva Mabayoje and co-writer of 'God Is Niet Wit', shares her thought on this dark page of Dutch history. Next to other stories I share a piece of my mind and why I had to become active about it trough my music, which is also featured trough the video of "God Is Niet Wit". So tune in 16.05 pm, channel Ned 2 (Dutch TV). I will post the broadcasted version next week as it will be online after it's been on tv, enjoy! See the previous episodes via this link.
Check out the Spoken Word Street Version of Psalm 23 I wrote for the Straatbijbel. The cool people of EO's BEAM taped this version with me and MC Prophet, this is my rendition. Check out the other version on eo.nl/beam
More information on the Straatbijbel via this link, enjoy!
On the 28th of September I will be performing at the training event of Youth For Christ, The Netherlands with my brother MC Prophet (signed at NAMEK). In co-operation with Daniel de Wolf, Youth For Christ, Ark Mission and NBG, the Straatbijbel has been released over the last 3 years.
The Straatbijbel (Streetbible) is a thin book containing a story from the bible translated to street slang. This book was an idea of Daniel de Wolf and Roeland Smit to use for outreach to youngsters involved in streetculture, gangs, youth jails or living in underprivileged areas.
I had the privilege to witness with my own eyes that, young people who normally don't get in touch with the Gospel of Christ that easily, have been touched in a new way by the stories because they were translated to their own situations in their own language. The last 2 copies sold about 30.000 copies in The Netherlands and I hope and pray that the 3rd and final book will touch even more souls as the young people of Holland are hungry for love and realness. Get your copy at Straatbijbel.nl
ps, I've also re-translated 6 psalms in this book, alongside author Daniel de Wolf and fellow mc's, MC Prophet and James from the Fakkelteitgroep.
This Saturday will be the first youth dialogue event about our shared slave past @ The Mall in Rotterdam. The dialogue will be hosted by rapper Akwasi (Zwart Licht) and I will officially release the single for "God Is Niet Wit".
Per September Rivelino will appear in the Dutch TV Series 'De Slavernij Voorbij' (after the slavery), in episode 2 where he and writer/historian, Eva Mabayoje will be interviewed about their thoughts on the transatlantic slavetrade.
Check out the flyer with more info in Dutch here below + checkout the video and like and share it if you can :), thx!
Check out the pre-mix of the song that I wrote and recorded 'God is niet Wit'. Taped it last Sunday @ The Illness Productions Studio of Ill Skillzz. The beat was produced by beatcreator DinoBeatz from Sweden, a production that perfectly suits the subject!
'God is niet Wit' is a song that I wrote to remember 150 years of Abolishment of Slavery in Suriname, my motherland and on the Dutch Antilles, both former Dutch Colonies. In the book with the same name by Gea Gort & Eva Mabayoje, we discuss the role of the Dutch church during the Transatlantic Slavetrade and why they were so quiet about it and sometimes even profiting and engaging in the slavery. Check out the track below..
This Monday the 25th of March, the bookpresentation of 'God is niet Wit' (God is not white) took place at the 'Nazarener Kerk' in Rotterdam. A diverse crowd with people from several segments of society showed up to the event!
The presentation was a big success with a sometimes heated debate. Eva and Gea handed the first copy of the book to Stan Uyland, director of Gids Netwerk, a networking organisation that aims at uniting leaders. Gids Netwerk is also the organisation that helped fund this book. I did the live premiere of the rapsong 'God is niet Wit' and got good responses from the audience! Yesterday I also got the good news that Arkmedia, the publisher of the book, are funding the musicvideo and studio recording, yay!
I've added some photos of the presentation night and I will add the lyrics in a next post too...