Anneke Gronloh

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Anneke Gronloh was born in Celebes (Indonesia). She moved to The Netherlands at an early age. Her first four singles (Brandend Zand, Paradiso, Soerabaja and Cimeroni) all became No. 1 in the Netherlands in 1962 and 1963. She represented and sang the Dutch entry for the 1964 Eurovision Song Contest, Jij Bent Mijn Leven . Anneke toured Indonesia and SE-Asia region regularly and recorded Oh Malaysia! (a remake of Brandend Zand in celebration of the newly formed Federation of Malaysia) and other popular Malay songs like Boeroeng kaka, Nina bobo, O Papa Oja, Bengawan solo and Buka Pintu.

(BOEROENG KAKA)
Boeroeng Kaka toea
Mentjiok di tjende la
Neneh soedah toea
Gigingja tinggal doea
Leitrum, Leitrum, Leitrum la la la
Leitrum, Leitrum, Leitrum la la la
Leitrum, Leitrum, Leitrum la la la

(OH, MALAYSIA)
On the shore, beyond the tropical sea
You will stand to welcome me
On the shore, beneath the sky so blue
All my dreams at last will come true
Oh, Malaysia – land of glory
Where I found my heart’s true love
In a night so warm and tender
With the moon and stars above
On the shore, beyond the tropical sea
You will stand to welcome me
On the shore, beneath the sky so blue
All my dreams at last will come true
When we parted, life was sadness
And the sun refused to shine
Soon we’ll meet in dear Malaysia
You will be forever mine
On the shore, beyond the tropical sea
You will stand to welcome me
On the shore, beneath the sky so blue
All my dreams at last will come true

2 Responses to Anneke Gronloh

  1. Ewald Ebing says:

    Nice blog… I’d like to point out though that Anneke Grohnloh does in fact have (part-)European ancestry, I think it should have read ‘the Netherlands were the first country to send a singer of partly non-European ancestry. Her (now grown) kids look quite European BTW. You are probably right about her being the first, the Netherlands have sent singers of part-Indonesian ancestry on more than one occasion, I was thinking of the Hearts of Soul (Dutch-Indonesian from Harderwijk) but that was only in 1970. And it turns out we had Millie Scott, of Surinamese (part-African) extraction, in 1966, and Sandra Reemer no less than three times (i n 1972 with Andres 0 both are Indonesian-Dutch; in 1976 (solo) and again in 1979 (as ‘Xandra’). And then Justine (Anneke) Pelemey, who is Moluccan, in 1989. From then on, almost half the Netherlands’ entries had some amount of non-European background: Humphrey Campbell, Ruth Jacoth, Edsilia Rombley (twice), and Franklin Brown, and Glennis Grace (all part-African/Surinamese), Linda Wagenmakers (Indonesian-Dutch), and Hind (Moroccan-Dutch). And Marlayne is Dutch by ethnicity (daughter of trumpet player Rein v.d. Broek of the once-famous groep Ekseption), but married to Moluccan drummer Danny Sahupala. So that’s quite a lot of multi-ethnic participation!

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