LFP2019 an unforgettable tour experience! Thanks to a great band - Soeshiel, Mark, Jeroen, Anil, Asis, Surajh, Aidah, Ulrike, Edje, Laco, Dave, Dwight - the entire LFP crew and the vibrant audiences!
In 1982 Powl Ameerali made his first appearance on the national musical stage at the very first Suriname Popular Songfestival (Suripop) with his performance of the winning composition ’Gi Yu Wawan’. During that time he was the lead singer of the band Century, a group of Surinamese musicians, dedicated to composing ‟poku’s” (songs) with ‟Sranan Tongo” lyrics, the lingua franca spoken in Suriname next to the official Dutch language. Other well-known poku’s such as Safri, Net’ Alen and Saide Yu Gwe were also created in that era and are still very popular today. In 2002 Powl re-recorded some of these classics for his first album, ‟Switi Firi” (Sweet Feeling(s)). Many were pleasantly surprised when they discovered that Powl was both the composer and author of the title-track. He followed this trend and continued composing new songs in different genres such as ‟Kresneti Firi” (Christmas single), ‟Met Jou Is Alles Anders” (EP title-track), ‟SO!” (title-track Latin album). The Latin genre has a special place on that list. In the nineties, under guidance of his ‟buen compañero musical” Juan Navia, Powl was part of the ’Salsa On Sunday’ (SOS) band and collaborated a decade later with Masalsa to produce his second album SO!
In 2019, another collaborative highlight with PUURee resulted in the memorable ‟Lobi.Firi.Prisiri” [LFP] concert series. Lobi meaning Love, Firi, (warm) feelings and Prisiri, pleasure and enjoyment.
Powl has consciously preferred singing in ‟Sranan Tongo” with the intent to broaden the Surinamese people’s appreciation and love for ‟one’s own”. However, listening to his repertoire you will notice he does not shy away from singing in other languages! (English, Spanish, Dutch etc) With his singing career passing the 40 year mark in 2022, Powl plans to continue sharing his ‟Switi Firi” of music with you through his music and performances!