The Antilliaanse Nieuwsbrief, Volume 43, May / June 2002 issued by the 'Antillenhuis' in The Hague:
"His love for the music of Bonaire is rooted in his memories of elderly people from his surroundings making music on self-made stringed instruments made of metal cooking oil can Tralala (blek'i zeta dushi Tralala)."
This book gives a behind the scenes access at the artistic experiences, the challenges and the enjoyable moments of William Anthony. He also tells briefly about the history of music on the islands of Bonaire, Curaçao and Aruba. And he focuses on the inspired idea behind the creation of some songs. In particular, the connection between the song "Esta Dushi" and the Second World War.
The common thread in the book is the willpower, optimism, and perseverance to perform socially acceptable actions in life, however small they may be.
It began as a booklet of 10 pages created in 1993 by the employees of the printing house of the municipal transport company of Amsterdam, where I was employed. Its purpose was to support my artistic activities. I once heard in a café someone say: "My grandmother started with a plum and now she has a full basket of fruit."
Maske shelu bini abou Y tera heringá Mi ta sigui padilanti Ku mes un animo Te ora mi alkansá E tera primintí
Even if the sky would collapse Or the earth would burst With great courage I would keep on moving Until I reach The Promised Land. ×