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Piedmont, summer 2020
When the Dutch trade fair
This article was so popular it was shared by three separate publishers (ACCESS Magazine, Dutchnews.nl and The Holland Times).
FILMWORK | Slow TV
For a few years now I’ve been making ‘SLOW TV’ for the local television broadcaster, Salto (salto.nl). These are short, 1 or 2-minute videos of nothing much happening, no narrative, no voiceovers, but something pleasant to watch, set to some ambient music.
With thanks to We Are Ok for the ambient music tracks.
Specialising in voiceovers with a youthful energy; clients like my voice not just for its clarity but its distinct characteristics. The variety of tones within my repertoire include:
MYSTERIOUS & MAGICAL
Listen to the whole ad and enjoy the music by Magnetic Man, my bit is right at the end … (Sound Production: Kaiser Sound Studios).
Or listen to just my bit below …
SERIOUS & STRAIGHT
A promotional film for React and DWZ for use with international corporate clients:
YOUNG & INNOCENT
Lip syncing on Dinosaurs @ Dusk full dome film, Mirage 3D:
But if you have time, why not watch the whole film, and learn a thing or two about dinosaurs. My character, Lucy, is full of knowledge (and attitude).
WATCH FULL FILM ON VIMEO: https://vimeo.com/mirage3d/dinosaursdusk
FUN & CHEESY
English Breakfast Radio: Cool Cathy jingle (produced by We Are OK)
A short excerpt from the children’s story, Princess Nobody, by Andrew Lang.
Radio interview with film directors, Roel & Berend Boorsma.
- Kaiser Sound Studios (for Sony Playstation)
- Lukkien (for Philips)
- Bob Kommer Studios for Mirage 3D full dome films
- Uitgeverij Deviant (publisher of English language listening tests)
“Your voice adds just the Disney quality we would like” Mirage 3D
“I’m glad that you are available … because I appreciate your voice very much” Kees van Dalen, Uitgeverij Deviant
So contact me at:
Writing portfolio | You think Dutch sandwiches are odd? Try Dutch TV
I had a lot of fun writing this cover article for ACCESS Magazine, plus a lot of WTF moments. Welcome to Dutch TV.
Filmwork | examples
Here are some examples of my film work and videography
Texel | Travel article
Here’s one I wrote earlier …
Texel | Travel section (ACCESS magazine)
Readers loved this one, I think because it made them feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Zitakula at Paradiso
Here’s an update on this music review of Zitakula I wrote for The Holland Times (March 2017 ed): their Paradiso concert is sold out! 🎺🥁🎷🎹🎸🎤
Zitakula at Paradiso
BY CATHY LEUNG (@cathycentral)
With two EPs under their belt, this Amsterdam afrobeats band is now just about to release their debut full length album and they are throwing a party at the Paradiso to celebrate. On 20 April, concertgoers will no doubt fill out the venue’s Kleine Zaal (small hall) with a whole night of bouncing, jumping, swaying, rocking, twerking and whatever other dance moves the kids do these days. As the respected 3voor12 says: “Standing still is not an option with Zitakula”.
Their music is a mix of afrofunk, soul and more, which takes a hardcore of eight musicians to create, including two sax players (tenor and alto), a trumpet player and lots of percussion. Actually, it seems like pretty much the whole band contributes to the percussion. With influences including Fela Kuti, and Ebo Taylor, but with a sound very much their own, Zitakula bring a confident swagger that belies their young years. Perhaps it’s because they are having so much fun – guitarist Camiel van Zilfhout in particular is great fun to observe on stage. One of their first recorded tracks, Polyrhytmo, has an uplifting riff that you still look forward to even after 100 plays. Sadly, their charismatic lead vocalist Joey Skeete Mcleed had to quit the band in 2016 but they managed a gradual transition to suit the big new voice of Sandy Miessi Bakomi. With her Congolese roots she has fitted right in while adding a bit of a soul booster-jab, as you can see in the music video for Plenty of Fish. [see below]
In just a few years Zitakula has already amassed a loyal following; gaining local fans from energetic gigs at places such as Noorderslag, the Oerol festival on Terschelling island, as well as a TV appearance on De Wereld Draait Door. And they certainly appreciate that loyal following … this year’s debut album has been successfully crowdfunded to the tune of €12,665 (they only asked for €8,000). The realities of an eight-piece independent music act is that there’s not much money to go around but it is testament to their infectious passion that they are making it work. For readers who would appreciate the good vibes of a Zitakula gig – make a date in your diary. But if you can’t make it, the new album will be available as a digital download, CD and vinyl so you can make a party of your own at home.
Zitakula – albumpresentatie
Thursday 20 April
Paradiso – Kleine Zaal, Amsterdam
Tickets: 8.50 (excl membership fee 3.50)
Writing portfolio | The Digital Dutch
In adapting to life in the Netherlands, embracing the many digital innovations the Dutch have introduced into everyday life is a good start.
I’m especially loving:
- mobile payment for parking spaces
- Mediamatic’s ‘ik’ tag
- 9292 local transport app.
- I have yet to use my Digi-ID
- I haven’t found my broadband speed that fast in practice, anyone else?
So, when I was asked to write a cover feature on ‘The Digital Dutch’ for ACCESS magazine, I jumped at the chance. Have a read of the original article, above.