Keti koti comes from the Surinamese language (Sranan tongo) and literally translated the meaning is 'chain cut'.
Keti koti is the celebration of the abolition of slavery in 1863 and it is yearly celebrated on the first of July. This year, the festivities and celebrations will have a deeper meaning for me on a personal level. I joined the WA community last year in September and after joining, I have been more and more focusing on my online career. accepting very little projects with my consulting agency from other companies. The freedom this gives me is terrific!
My first website is dedicated to my passion for music and in particular for the saxophone. I must admit that I do not spend all my time wisely though. When doing the research for the articles, I often let myself get carried away and find myself exploring (yet) unknown artists or techniques, or just trivial information that has nothing to do with the article that I'm writing at that time.
I guess this is a learning process in itself. My passion, my hobby is becoming my job and I have to learn to treat it as a job instead of a hobby.
However, even when my hobby has fully turned into a job, I will still experience the freedom that is celebrated with keti koti! Being your own boss definitely makes all the difference in the world.
Most of us don’t mind to work at all, on the contrary!
It’s just the way we have to do the work by, taking orders and facing deadlines that makes most jobs a real pain the behind.
Besides writing a couple of articles, I have developed a quality assessment system for saxophones.
This system evaluates both new and used horns but is more effective for used equipment.
It’s cool that my way of thinking is still influenced by my past life in aviation. I can’t deny that it did turn me into a ‘control freak’ with a never ending craving for checklists.
In the coming period I will be building a buyer’s guide. The available buyer’s guides, that are out there, don’t really make sense to me. They claim to guide the new buyer to the best suitable instrument but all they actually convey in their message is that; “it is a very personal choice”. Well… Guess what, we already knew that.
So tomorrow I’ll be joining the parades in Paramaribo and this year I’ll join them in the true spirit of Keti Koti.