(Paramaribo, 1971) Her Aukan mother and Saamaka father are descendants of the Marrons, Africans that refused to accept slavery and withdrew in the backwoods. Louise Wondel grew up with these notions of freedom. She is part of the generation that was raised in a western, intellectual fashion; not just in the traditional way. As a student of sociology in Surinam, and someone who researches the African-Surinam culture, Louise Wondel knows better than anyone what the state of her country and people is. Her poems are an accusation against the suppression of the Marrons, and against the estrangement that city life brought about in their culture, norms and values.
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South African stand-up comedian Soli Philander was master of ceremonies in a programme in the theatre foyer with performing poets and storytellers. With Louise Wondel (Surinamese poet/performer, writing in Aukan, the language of the Marrons) and De jonge Marokkanen (The Young Moroccans), as writers Abdelkader Benali, Rashid Novaire and Khalid Boudou called themselves. The Algerian/Dutch actor/storyteller Hakim Traïdia told Arabic stories.
Radio and TV West together recorded a programme on Winternachten. The programme was hosted by Louis Hueber, with his guests Gerrit Komrij, Louise Wondel and Joris Luyendijk. The live music was performed by the South African group Sam Tshabalala & Sabeka and the Eddie Veldman Opoyeye Kwartet.
South African stand-up comedian Soli Philander was master of ceremonies in the theater's foyer. He presented a number of performing poets, story-tellers, and some young writers. Amongst them were Chandra Doest (Surinamese/Dutch), Louise Wondel (performer/poet from Surinam, writing in Aukan, the language of the Marrons) and the much praised young Dutch poet Ayatollah Musa.