Izaline Calister (Curaçao, 1969), Edison Award winner in 2009, has built an impressive track record in the past 12 years. With her charming style she gathered a loyal group of fans worldwide. Sometimes modest, then exciting again, Izaline possesses the exceptional gift that makes all the difference for a soloist, as she sings in her mother tongue, Papiamentu, with feeling and grace. She has this ability to remain true to her roots and successfully reach out and conquer audiences around the world singing in an unfamiliar language, while seamlessly melding the pulsating rhythms of Afro Antilles music with Jazz.
The songs Wow’i Kariño, Kanta Hélele, Sa Sa Na Awasa and more recent. Bendisiona were number 1 hits in the Caribbean. Her studio albums Sono di un Muhé, Mariposa, Krioyo, Kanta Hélele and Speransa are released worldwide.
Izalines music is a fusion between the traditional music of her birth island Curaçao, and jazz with Afro Caribbean influences. With her great band and special composed sets she is able to charm her audience on any occasion. Izaline performs throughout Europe, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Korea, the U.S.A. and South America and she played on many national and international festivals such as the Cape Town Jazz Festival, Rome Jazz Festival, Cervantino Festival Mexico, Soﬁa and the North Sea Jazz Festival.
The BBC made and broadcasted a mini-documentary about Izaline in 2006. In 2007 Izaline sings for the Queen during the Liberation Festival, accompanied by the Metropole Orchestra. In 2010 Izaline was asked by the United Nations to perform a song at their head office in New York during the Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery. She played there with the world famous guitarist and producer Nile Rodgers. Izaline worked together with so many musicians and artists. In 2011 she toured through the Dutch theatres called Nomads in cooperation with the Brazilian singer Lilian Vieira and the Moluccan singer Julya L’Oko.
Izaline is also a much asked soloist. She played amongst others with the Dutch music theatre company het Volksoperahuis; recorded a song with Dutch rap artist Fresku and she worked several times with the Metropole Orchestra and many other orchestras. Her latest studio album (2012) was also produced, written and composed by herself, accompanied by her great musicians. The album is called Kandela (Fire) on which she performs Cuban boleros, Brazilian bossa novas and other Latin American music in Papiamentu, her mother tongue.
In the summer of 2013, Izaline, together with Het Volksoperahuis, developed a special special music theatre production ‘No love without freedom’ (the story of Mosa Nena & Buchi Fil). This production was presented during the festivities around the remembrance of 150 years abolition of slavery in the Netherlands. In addition, in the fall of 2013, she featured “Tambu”, from music theatre group Volksoperahuis with whom she toured Dutch theatres. In 2014/2015 she toured the Dutch theatres again with Barricade- a music theatre production about protestsongs and she also featured in one of the biggest jazz productions in the Netherlands: ‘New York Round Midnight’. In the mean time she was working on a new album which was released April 2016.