Allo' Expat Suriname - Connecting Expats in Suriname
Main Homepage
Allo' Expat Suriname Logo

Subscribe to Allo' Expat Newsletter
Check our Rates
   Information Center Suriname
Suriname General Information
History of Suriname
Suriname Culture
Suriname Cuisine
Suriname Geography
Suriname Population
Suriname Government
Suriname Economy
Suriname Communications
Suriname Transportation
Suriname Military
Suriname Transnational Issues
Suriname People, Languages & Religions
Suriname Expatriates Handbook
Suriname and Foreign Government
Suriname General Listings
Suriname Useful Tips
Suriname Education & Medical
Suriname Travel & Tourism Info
Suriname Lifestyle & Leisure
Suriname Business Matters
  Sponsored Links

Check our Rates

Culture in Suriname


Surinamese culture is very diverse and dynamic, and has a strong Asian and African influences. The population is composed of the contribution of people from the Netherlands, India, Africa, China and Indonesia, as well as indigenous peoples who lived in the area, before the arrival of European settlers. About 90% of people established in Suriname have ancestors who come from other countries and regions.

Government and private, support for the arts is virtually non-existent. Most artists and writers are amateurs. A lack of publishers and money makes writing and selling literature a difficult enterprise. Most authors try to sell their publications to friends or on the street. The great majority of established authors live and work in the Netherlands. Oral literature has always been important to all the population groups.


Suriname is well known for its kaseko music, and has an Indo-Caribbean tradition. The kaseko probably derived from the expression "casser le corps" (rest body), that was used during slavery to describe a very fast dance. Kaseko is a fusion of many styles and folklore from Europe, Africa, and the Americas. It is rhythmically complex percussion instruments including skratji (big drum) and trap drums, and saxophone, trumpet, and trombone occasionally; sometimes sung solo or in chorus. The songs are typically structured to say and answer, as are the styles of the natives of the area, as winti and kawina.

The kaseko evolved in the thirties during festivities that used large bands, particularly bands of winds, and were called Bigi Pokoe (big drum music). The following: World War II, jazz, calypso, and other important genres became popular, while the rock music of the United States soon left its own influence in the form of electric instruments.





copyrights ©
2014 | Policy