La-Vaune Henry & Mosera
La-Vaune Henry was born on the island of St. Maarten. As a young child she was encouraged by her parents to join two choirs to gain knowledge and confidence. She won many song festivals around the Caribbean region. After completing her secondary education, Henry received a scholarship from the Island Government of St. Maarten to study abroad. In 1991 she went to the Netherlands to study voice performance with Trudi Koeleman at the Conservatory of Rotterdam. She studied with many professional voice teachers in Germany, Switzerland and England and sang roles in Mozart's Figaro, Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Bizet's Carmen. She returned to St. Maarten, where she gave concerts and voice lessons for children and adults. In 1999 Henry received an Ambassadorial Scholarship and went to the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. In 2003 La-Vaune Henry returned to St. Maarten, and is now teaching Music and Drama at the Sundial School (secondary school).
During her performance in Crossing the Seas 2005 she is accompanied by Mosera.
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A programme with literature and music from Indonesia, the Netherlands, South-Africa, Suriname, Saint Martin, Curaçao and Aruba, with MC Joy Reiph-Arnell, and musical performance by singer La-Vaune Henry, accopanied by artist and musician Mosera. Six authors travel from island to island in these weeks, for the festival Crossing the Seas. This evening they perform with their Aruban fellow-authors Papa Umpe and Ruby Bute. The Dutch former 'Dichter des Vaderlands (inoffical 'poet laureate') Gerrit Komrij will perform his poems. One of the main writers from Indonesia, Putu Wijaya, wil read one of his wonderful stories. The Dutch/Surinamese novelist Clark Accord - known through his debut-novel De Koningin van Paramaribo (The Queen of Paramaribo) - wil read from his latest novel Tussen Apoera en Oreala (Between Apoera and Oreala). Poet Diana Ferrus comes from Cape Town. She became known through her poem on Saartje Baartman, the 'Hottentot-Venus', a black South-African woman who in the 19th century was forced to travel through Europe as a kermiss-attraction. Myra Römer, born in Curaçao, now lives in The Netherlands. Early she a surprising writers' debut with Verhalen van Fita (Stories of Fita), about a girl growing up in Curaçao in the fifties. Drisana Deborah Jack is a poet from this island. All foreign authors will read in their mother tongue, while their text is simultaneously projected on a screen in English.