Levi Silvanie and Rosabelle Illes met in 2010. They were introduced by their mutual friend
and poet Hemayel Martina (1990-2011). The loss of their friend brought Levi and
Rosabelle closer. Hearty the Book is dedicated to the loving memory of Hemayel Martina.
Levi Silvanie (1987) is a Curaçaoan independent artist: drummer turned singer-songwriter, storyteller, producer and creative entrepreneur. After having to remodel his life and career due to a car accident, Levi turned to songwriting and storytelling as sources of self-development and motivation. “My work is inspired by the passion for helping individuals and brands become better versions of themselves; music and storytelling are my tools.” Currently, he hosts Open House Concerts all over the world, where he transforms the homes of ordinary people into intimate music spaces. The message of his hit song “Djis mi mes” (“Simply me,” 2010) forms the backbone of this book.
Rosabelle Illes (1987) is an artist, writer and performer from the island of Aruba. She is the author of two collections of poetry while her third book TITLE (2016) consists of short stories, poems and thoughts. Her work usually explores aspects of life she does not understand. “Through meditation, I receive inspiration to create and simultaneously educate myself.” A social psychologist by trade and an artist by heart, she holds a PhD in Psychology from Leiden University and is an assistant professor at the University of Aruba. This is her first children’s book.