Monique Mijnals
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Monique Mijnals

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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"Monique Wins Half Final Singer Songwriters Competiton"

Last Thursday Monique have won the second round of beautiful notes 2007. Monique have insured herself with that of a place in the half final which takes place on Wednesday 16 May in Paradiso. The singer/songwriter got the room quiet whereas she sang its songs, partly in the Sranan Tongo, its (Surinamese) mother language.
The last voorronde is Monday 2 April in Desmet studios to the plantation Middenlaan. Then not only the last winner will become confessed, but also the three wildcards are then confessed made.
The 6 half finalists with the winner of Hou your head! lustre headstock in Paradiso fights for wanted finaleplek in the Vondelpark air theatre on Sunday afternoon 10 June.

In Amsterdam
Holland
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Monique was born in the country of Suriname, which is located just outside of Guyana in South American. At the age of five she and her family moved to Holland (The Netherlands) and she has lived there since that time. Monique grew up with lots of music in her life and had, early on displayed a good ear and a beautiful singing voice, but it was when her sister passed way from cancer several years ago that she decided she should actually do something with the gift of music the creator had given her.

Although the lovely Mijnals has lived most of her life in Holland, she has maintained her Surinamese culture and it is greatly reflected in her music. In addition to her first language which is Dutch, she also speaks, quite fluently, English and Sranan Tongo (a Creole language and is the mother tongue of about 500,000 people in Suriname who are descendants of slaves brought from Africa during the colonial period). She includes several songs in her native language of Sranan Tongo, you'll also hear some South American influences in her music as well. She also writes her own material. Her voice is deep and silky, she reminds one of, perhaps a Joan Armatrading with a gorgeous Dutch/Sranan accent and a heavy acoustic flavor.
Monique is also a great fan of Aretha Franklin, the late Nina Simone and the late Josephine Baker and she cites them as major influences in her musical life. This Suriname Beauty also includes dancing and painting among her many talents