Robert grew up in Madiki in a family of musicians and his affinity for music started at the young age of 5 as he listened to music while drumming to the beats of the paying song. His father saw his talent and taught him to play the Cuatro and later the Guitar. He also received singing lessons from Rufo Odor, music lessons from Eddy Bennet and attended the Musical Academy in Aruba.
His career started with Aguinaldo Blancas Palomitas and led him to play in multiple TV programs, restaurants, and hotels. In the 70’s he was playing with the Los Juveniles together with
Vincente Kelly and was being noticed. With Los Juveniles he managed to win the Tumba contest for the very first time of the Tumba contest’s history 3 times. In total, he won the Tumba contest 5 times.
He was part of many international bands like Los Hijos del Rey in the Dominican Republic, the biggest band at that time in the Dominican Republic. With this band, Robert toured the world, performing in the Madison Square Garden in New York 6 times and 8 times with Johny Ventura, while performing 5 times in front of crowds of 24 thousand fans. His career brought him to Europe, The Dominican Republic, United Staes, Colombia, Chile, and many other locations. During this time Robert managed to record about 1000 productions, including Long Plays, Cassette, CDs, and commercial jingles. For a while,
Robert moved to the Dominican Republic from where he traveled to Puerto Rico, New York, Hollywood and Miami for presentations. In Colombia, he performed in Barranquilla, Bogota, and Medellin. He performed at the famous Chilean festival “Viña del Mar and won the “Antorcha de Plata”. He was bassist and chorus on many occasions also chorus for Johny Pacheco. He recorded 4 CDs with acclaimed International artist Juan Luis Guerra as chorus, bassist and maraca player.
At the end of the 80s, he returned to Aruba and ended his international career. Once back and after being part of La Nueva Fuerza, he formed his band “ Robert y su Solo Banda Show” in 1992. Robert y su Solo banda Show is a steady band for the Los Laga Bai carnival group for the past years due to his unique ways of entertaining the participants.
Robert is a singer, songwriter, composer, bassist and guitarist, leader of his band, Sound Engineer and is very passionate about music. Many musicians like to work with him due to his nature of being a perfectionist and very respectful. Robert is married to wife Vivian Geerman and blessed with a son Robert Reinier, also a musician. Robert also has a daughter Anoushka Jeand’or, Aruba’s first female Tumba winner.
The Minister is very grateful to Robert for his years of dedication in the music industry and his international exposure of Aruba, but also for his volunteer work and cultural contribution and wishes him many more years of success in the entertainment business.