Successful CD Release

Olijf Song Art Work

Production for Olijf Song has started!

So happy we're finally recording the song I wrote last year for foundation Olijf.
Here a tiny preview from our rehearsal. Enjoyed every moment of it :)

Italian Lyrics for Known Songs

Recently I discovered that while translating songs to Italian, I felt a little less homesick.
It is a peculiar thing to be longing for a place, a culture, a cuisine, a whole lifestyle.

This is for all the Italo-Longers;
a live performance of Coldplay's Sky full of stars on RTV Rijnmond's radio show Rijmond NU.

Guitar; Edmond Bravenboer, Vocals & Lyrics: Katharina Grippaldi, Music; Coldplay.

Marakesh – 2 Gazelles & 3 Arabian Nights

Why Marakesh

My admiration for and interest in Arab culture and music goes way back. When Sicily was temporarily invaded by Arabian tribes, it was gifted with so many beautiful architectural, cultural and culinary features whose origin I have always wanted to explore. So my bestie Brenda and I checked our agendas and took the next possible flight to surprising Marakesh......

The Truth Behind The Facade

Let me be clear – noone in Marakesh is waiting for you, the 1 billionth tourist, blocking streets while strolling through the Medina, holding cameras in locals' faces without asking and trying out the 'most efficient way to bargain' taught to you by your guide.
(believe me, no matter how good you think you are or how enthusiastic and 'surprised' the dealers call you a 'real berber' - they always make the better deal :))
Yes, people will throw themselves at you for showing you the way (and then demand money) and yes, you girls will probably be 'treated' for a free henna tatoo (and then be shouted at because - ups - they also want money) but oh my
– how much will you fall in love with that city and its beautiful people!

While traveling, I've always experienced that a country cannot be discovered without having good conversations with its people; even more; to me this is the most beautiful part of it all!
However, at first it felt as if there was a wall around the locals that was so hard to break down. Who could blame them? They see so many tourists come and go, at times it seems as if there are two mini universa living parallely and exchanging only the necessary.
But yes! The great break–through came when we had managed to learn (and - the hardest part; to remember!) few arabic phrases: locals invited us in for tea, took us out for dinner, shared their stories and truely surprised us with their hospitality – they lived in the moment and took everthing as it came – something I regularily need and want to remind myself of ;)

The People

That said, we learned how hard it is for the pottery makers to sit each day in the same pose for hours while making the most beautiful ceramics. We spoke to 3 boys from the Tuareg people who miss the desert because the stars seem so near you can touch them. We enyoyed the most exotic tea mix while listening to African drums and singing. We got taught by our Riad's cook Malika how to hush complementing men in a sympathetic way. When we were undecided one night where to go and what to eat, Michel (father of our riad's owner) simply made the choice for us by taking us out! We fell in love with street cats that keep you company while having your daily tajine. We got scrubbed until -literally- our skin peeled of at luxury Riad Anyssates before getting pampered in full body massages. And just when I thought everything was lost because I broke my new camera (Christmas present!) we were helped by Voyaj's photographers in the most beautiful Jardin Majorell and eventually joined them for one of our best meals in Morocco at Cafe Mama Afrika.

All in all, you gotta work just a little harder if you want to experience the real Marakesh – but then again, nothing will make you happier than their surprised smiles when you thank them with a Sukran!

As my aunt once quoted John Wade for me:
– The world is a great book, of which they that never stir from home read only a page.

For your stay in Marakesh, check most welcoming, warm & friendly Riad Laila
Get clean and spoiled at Riad & Hamam Riad Anyssates
Grab at least one meal at Cafe Mama Afrika
Go for a stroll in touristy (for a reason!) and oh so beautiful Jardin Majorell
For a fun, insightful and authentic trip to Morocco contact Voyaj

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Love, love, love.......Fairs!

Selma from  Tubino  with her hommage to women

Selma from Tubino with her hommage to women

Edmond with Dyan and his tasty  Barblog

Edmond with Dyan and his tasty Barblog

Ghania from  Beghis  getting me ready to go :)

Ghania from Beghis getting me ready to go :)

Easy like sunday morning is how I felt today while riding to the most popular wedding location in the Netherlands*; De Vertrekhal in my city Rotterdam!
Friend and wedding planner Evy did a fantastic job bringing together creative and super friendly professionals for her mini marriage fair at a breathtaking venue
with industrial charme, romantic accents and a fantastic view on the former harbor.
Obviously, we couldn't help but play some tunes ;)
Are you planning your wedding but unfortunately missed today?
Mark your agenda on Sunday Feb 22nd and come see us perform at Trouwen doe je zo! in Krimpen a/d IJssel. Besides free music you will get to meet great experts who genuinely enjoy making your wedding day personal & perfect!
Oh -by the way- even if you don't have the intention to marry soon; I promise you'll great coffee and some nice stands for shopping :) Hope to see you all the 22nd!


Latin Single Released!


Buon Dìa Gente!
It is official and out there;
the Latin single 'Mi Corazon' I wrote together with friend and colleague Wouter Slegt alias Omega 3! Wanna check it out and maybe, eventually, possibly buy it :)?
You can find us on itunes and spotify, Olè!
Wishing you a great day,

Special Songwriting for Olijf

Every year more than 4000 women in the Netherlands are diagnosed with gynecological cancer. Whereas breast cancer luckily receives lots of media attention, gynecocogical cancer is less known. This is where foundation Olijf not only immensely supports affected women and their partners but also organizes and provides seminars for oncological medical staff.
 Edmond and I were extremely honoured to perform  the Olijf song I composed, and truly touched by these women's commitment.
Thanks Kristel and all the other heroines for having us!