Scrappy W (Claude Dinge) – Suriname #NewArtist

10 months ago

You might not understand a word of what he is saying but watching a Dutch Black man just operating in his music video is your next lockdown holiday trip. Don’t miss your plane!

SCRAPPY W (Claude Dinge) from Suriname is one of these naturally body built men from South America who has consistently delivered music and attention on himself. Watching his music videos on YouTube is the greatest Lockdown Holiday Trip you can offer to your mind. He always put his Country, and the most random locations in his area, in the middle of his scenarios when sharing his music. Having been there once, and loving it, you get to find out about the culture and daily life or mentality of young Black people speaking in Dutch.

Suriname is located above Brazil and not far from Venezuela, in South America. Just in between English Guiana (Guyana) and French Guiana (Guyane), this Dutch Guiana was acquired by colonisers from the English ones, when it was a plantation colony utilizing slavery for sugar cultivation. Although Dutch is the official language, with such a diverse population, it developed a Creole language, Sranan.

“In 1973 the Dutch government started independence negotiations with the local government, led by the NPS (a largely Creole party), which was granted on November 25, 1975. The Dutch instituted an aid programme worth US$1.5 billion to last till 1985. The first President of the country was Johan Ferrier, with Henck Arron (leader of the NPS) as Prime Minister. Roughly a third of the population emigrated to the Netherlands prior to independence, fearing that the new country would not be viable” (source: Wikipedia).

As of today, and prior to the Covid-19 and lockdowns, Suriname was an example in South America for their ability to sustain their own economy, developing their own industries and avoiding as much importations, as opposed to French Guiana. The major industries are bauxite and gold mining, alumina and aluminium production, lumber, and food processing. Industry accounted for 22% of GDP in 1998. However, it seemed to be our perceived opinions of Suriname, as neighbours of this independent Country, as the smallest country in South America is one of the world’s poorest countries, with over 70% of its population living under the poverty line. While the country has seen some economic growth in recent years, its tumultuous political history explains many of the current causes of poverty in Suriname.

Post Covid-19, the Country’s economy is now up for grab and is seeing a shift of the landscape of its investors. In December 2020, a representative of Israel’s embassy has met a member of this Country government to announce their future investment in their bank, food production, exports and airfreight companies. A decision that needs to be monitored just to double check the nature of the improvement, economic and social, Israel do bring to the table. Frictions between Jews and other communities have questioned the values added by these rich businessmen in exchange of their “influence”. To be continued …

SCRAPPY W is not posting much on Social Media. He does release on a regular basis new videos and collaborations on his official YouTube channel “Claude Dinge – Scrappy W”. They achieve without advertisement a healthy 10k views in one month and 100k in one year, on average. He has recently been more active on his Instagram account, @scrappy_w , announcing four days ago his new-born, Quinten Reece Dinge.

You might not understand a word of what he is saying but watching a Dutch Black man just operating in his music video is your next lockdown holiday trip. Don’t miss your plane!

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