About Gina G.

Gina G. was born in Paramaribo, Suriname. Her parents immigrated to the island Curaçao, Dutch Antilles when she was an infant. She lived on the island until she finished high school and went on to Holland for further studies. Later on she worked in the editorial branch of a magazine in Amsterdam, before leaving the Netherlands for Turkey. In Istanbul she sporadically performed as the lead vocalist in the band of a famous Jazzman and had performances on the TRT (Turkish Radio/Television). After Turkey she went on to Vienna, Austria, where she was employed by the UNIDO (United Nations Development Organization) to work in the editing department of ILO (International Labor Organization). In her free time she had jam sessions with musicians from Latin-American.

Austria was followed by Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where she continued venturing into Latin music and learned how to play the guitar. With a repertoire of beautiful boleros from Cuba and Latin-America, she performed on the national TV in Kuala Lumpur. In 2003 she recorded her Spanish CD “Escuchame” (Listen to me) in the ICRT studio in Havana, Cuba and the CD was released in 2004 in Singapore.

In 2006 she was invited by the wives of the Heads of Diplomatic Missions, to give a solo performance with the guitar for the Queen of Malaysia. In the same year she formed her own band “Son Asi” with musicians from Cuba, Colombia and Malaysia. With her 5-piece band, playing only acoustic instruments, they brought the boleros, chachacha’s and salsa from the hey-days back alive. They not only performed in South East Asia, but were also contracted in the summer of 2007, to perform in one of the most exclusive resorts in Bodrum, Turkey.

After having lived many years abroad, she returned to the Netherlands in 2009, where she began recording her new Dutch CD “Theater”. In January 2010 the album “Theater” of Gina G. was released in the Netherlands.

Besides being a singer, Gina G. is also a painter (alias: Durgagi) of oil and acrylic on canvas. For several years she studied Chinese brush-painting at the art-college of the famous Chinese brush-painter Chong Chen Chuan, In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She has seven exhibitions to her name and were held in South Korea, Malaysia (4), Hong-Kong and Curaçao. Two of her Chinese brush-paintings are part of a permanent collection exhibited in the Museum of Art in Malacca, Malaysia.

(Gina G./Durgagi donated all the proceeds of the sale of her paintings to charity organizations. Part of the proceeds of the CD “Escuchame”(Listen to me) goes to UNICEF and part of the proceeds of her CD “Theater” goes to “Doctors without Borders”.)