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Michelle (The Netherlands)
Michelle Boekhout van Solinge is the founder of Black Star Foundation. She is mostly working on management and bookings for artists/bands, (online) promotion, organisation of events and development of new talent. Michelle is also giving musical lectures and is MC for Black Star Sound!
 
Biography
Black Star Foundation is started up because of idealistic ideas of the founder Michelle Boekhout van Solinge. She graduated in Physical Geography (University of Amsterdam, 1997) and travelled a lot in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. In 2002 Michelle lived and worked in Ghana (West Africa). There she got the idea to stimulate the communication between Western and non-Western countries and to bring people with different cultural backgrounds closer to each other.

Background
Michelle is born on Friday 6 October 1972 in Middelburg (Holland), she grows up in the town Alphen a/d Rijn with two older brothers. Her mother is half-Indonesian, her father was a Colonel in the army and is now retired. When Michelle is 18, she moves to Amsterdam to study at the University of Amsterdam (Mathematics and Physical Geography). During her school- and college years, she already organizes parties and events.

Travelling and Black Star
In 1993 Michelle takes part in the Miss Universe Netherlands elections and she visites Curaçao. For her studies, Michelle does (soil)research in China (1995). In 1996 Michelle goes to Jamaica to visit her brother Tim, who is doing research for his studies. Later, she will go back to Jamaica on a regular base. After her studies Michelle makes a trip around the world (1998/1999) and she travels overland from Holland to Indonesia, the country where her mother was born.

In 2002 Michelle workes in Ghana (West Africa) as General Manager for the Internet company Explainer DC Ghana Ltd. There she meets many musical talents, like the singers Black Prophet and Osagyefo, and she decides to work with them.

Back in Holland (2003) Michelle starts up Black Star Foundation and she invites both Ghanaian artists for a tour in Holland. Since then the foundation grew to be an allround organisation in reggae music.

Working experience
After years of working as a Project-, Account- and General Manager at various Internet companies, Michelle works in the music industry. Besides the activities for Black Star Foundation, Michelle worked (parttime) at Nielsen Music in Hilversum (Holland) for 7 years. There she has built up a huge general music knowledge. Michelle is currently working full time for Black Star Foundation and she is visiting the reggae island Jamaica at least once a year. In addition, She also works voluntarily for the online reggae agenda Irielion.com where she, among other things, is responsible for marketing/promotion.

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Upcoming events
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  • Vinyl Thursdays Amsterdam (December)  
    Hunter's Grand Cafe (Amsterdam)  
    December 13, 2018
     
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  • Reggae On The House with Black Star  
    Willem 2 (‘s-Hertogenbosch)  
    December 28, 2018
     
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  • Vinyl Thursdays Amsterdam (January)  
    Hunter's Grand Cafe (Amsterdam)  
    January 10, 2019
     
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  • Bob Marley Reggae Night  
    Muziekhuis Q-bus (Leiden)  
    January 11, 2019
     
     
    Past events
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  • Vinyl Thursdays Amsterdam (November)  
    Hunter's Grand Cafe (Amsterdam)  
    November 8, 2018
     
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  • Black Star @ Carhartt x Trojan Records  
    Plato (Apeldoorn)  
    October 26, 2018
     
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  • Vinyl Thursdays Amsterdam at new location!  
    Hunter's Grand Cafe (Amsterdam)  
    October 11, 2018
     
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  • Black Star supports Mellow Mood  
    Sugarfactory (Amsterdam)  
    September 7, 2018
     
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  • Cancelled: Vinyl Thursdays Amsterdam  
    Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam)  
    September 6, 2018
     
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  • Reggae Lake Festival 2018  
    Gaasperpark (Amsterdam)  
    August 26, 2018
     
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  • Leah Rosier & Black Star @ Dubyard Festival  
    Dubyard (Blanden - BE)  
    August 25, 2018
     
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  • Rototom Sunsplash Festival 2018  
    Benicàssim (Spanje/Spain)  
    August 16 - 22, 2018
     
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  • Vinyl Thursdays Amsterdam  
    Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam)  
    August 2, 2018
     
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  • Rastaplas 2018  
    Noord Aa (Zoetermeer)  
    July 14 - 15, 2018
     
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  • Zwarte Cross Festival 2018  
    Festivalterrein De Schans (Lichtenvoorde)  
    July 14, 2018
     
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  • Queen of the Street  
    Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam)  
    July 11, 2018
     
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  • Vinyl Thursdays Amsterdam  
    Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam)  
    July 5, 2018
     
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  • Black Star Sound ft. Asher-E, Robina & Leah  
    Nieuwstraat (Deventer)  
    June 30, 2018
     
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  • Dubwise Village  
    De Ven (Spaarnwoude)  
    June 17, 2018
     
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  • Queen of the Street  
    Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam)  
    June 13, 2018
     
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  • Vinyl Thursdays Amsterdam  
    Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam)  
    June 7, 2018
     
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  • Ode to Bob Marley (musical lecture) with Joggo  
    Bibliotheek en Cultuuranker Ypenburg (Den Haag)  
    June 4, 2018
     
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  • Queen of the Street  
    Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam)  
    May 9, 2018
     
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  • Vinyl Thursdays Amsterdam  
    Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam)  
    May 3, 2018
     
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  • Kingsday at Jamaica Lounge  
    Jamaica Lounge (Amsterdam)  
    April 27, 2018
     
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  • 15-year Anniversary Black Star Foundation!  
    Melkweg (Amsterdam)  
    April 15, 2018
     
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  • Queen of the Street  
    Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam)  
    April 11, 2018
     
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  • Vinyl Thursdays in Amsterdam!  
    Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam)  
    April 5, 2018
     
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  • Black Star Sound at Hill Street Blues Cafe  
    Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam)  
    March 18, 2018
     
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  • Black Star Sound at first edition of Vinyl Saturday!  
    Cross Roads (Kingston - JA)  
    January 27, 2018
     
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  • Black Star Sound at Vinyl Thursdays!  
    Nanook (Kingston - JA)  
    January 25, 2018
     
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  • Black Star Sound at Hill Street Blues Cafe  
    Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam)  
    January 7, 2018
     
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  • Leah Rosier & Black Star in France  
    Kilimanjaro (Dunkerque - FR)  
    December 9, 2017
     
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  • Black Star Sound at Hill Street Blues Cafe  
    Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam)  
    December 3, 2017
     
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  • Release party The Black Star Tracks  
    Sugarfactory (Amsterdam)  
    December 1, 2017
     
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  • Black Star Sound at Hill Street Blues Cafe  
    Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam)  
    October 15, 2017
     
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  • Black Star op Plato Planet  
    De Oosterpoort (Groningen)  
    September 24, 2017
     
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  • Black Star in France  
    Kilimanjaro (Dunkerque - FR)  
    September 2, 2017
     
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  • Black Star Sound at Hill Street Blues Cafe  
    Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam)  
    August 20, 2017
     
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  • Reggae in Hilversum  
    Café The Skiff (Hilversum)  
    August 19, 2017
     
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  • Rastaplas 2017  
    Noord Aa (Zoetermeer)  
    July 22 - 23, 2017
     
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  • Roots Reggae Festival 2017  
    A la Ferme Beriot (Hensies - BE)  
    July 7 - 9, 2017
     
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  • Have A Nice Day Festival  
    Eibergen  
    July 1, 2017
     
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  • Black Star supports Shaggy!  
    Melkweg (Amsterdam)  
    June 19, 2017
     
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  • Black Star Sound at Hill Street Blues Cafe  
    Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam)  
    June 18, 2017
     
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  • Reggaebomb Vinyl edition  
    Tivoli (Utrecht)  
    April 15, 2017
     
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  • Black Star Sound at Inner City Dub  
    Innercity Dub (Kingston - JA)  
    January 23, 2017
     
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  • Black Star Sound back at Jacobs Place!  
    Kings Plaza (Kingston - JA)  
    January 20, 2017
     
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  • Black Star Sound op Vinyl Thursdays!  
    Veggie Meals on Wheels (Kingston - JA)  
    January 19, 2017
     
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  • Black Star at Weddy Weddy Wednesday!  
    Stone Love HQ (Kingston - JA)  
    January 18, 2017
     
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  • Black Star Sound at Jacobs Place in Kingston!  
    Kings Plaza (Kingston - JA)  
    January 17, 2017
     
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  • Black Star Sound at Vinyl Sunday in Portland!  
    Natural Mystic Bar (Drapers - JA)  
    January 15, 2017
     
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  • Happy New Year Reggae Party  
    Reggaepodium De Cantorij (Apeldoorn)  
    December 31, 2016
     
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  • Sugar & Spice  
    Sugarfactory (Amsterdam)  
    December 22, 2016
     
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  • Reggae Benefit party for Tuff Lion  
    Popcentrale (Dordrecht)  
    December 10, 2016
     
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  • Black Star Sound op One Love Sound Fest  
    Hala Stulecia (Wrocław - POL)  
    November 19, 2016
     
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  • Black Star to Poland!  
    Stary Klasztor (Wrocław - POL)  
    November 18, 2016
     
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  • Sugar & Spice with Prince Alla!  
    Sugarfactory (Amsterdam)  
    November 10, 2016
     
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  • Sugar & Spice - 1 Year Anniversary!  
    Sugarfactory (Amsterdam)  
    September 15, 2016
     
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  • Reggae Lake Festival  
    Gaasperpark (Amsterdam)  
    August 27, 2016
     
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  • Rototom Sunsplash Festival 2016  
    Benicàssim (Spanje/Spain)  
    August 13 - 20, 2016
     
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  • Black Star Sound & Mr. Aya  
    Le Kingston (Florac - FR)  
    August 12, 2016
     
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  • Black Star Sound & Mr. Aya  
    Le Claux (Peyremale - FR)  
    August 11, 2016
     
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  • Black Star Sound, Mr. Aya & Leah Rosier  
    JK Bar (Les Vans - FR)  
    August 10, 2016
     
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  • Black Star Sound, Mr. Aya & Leah Rosier  
    La Kaze (Saint Antoine l’Abbaye - FR)  
    August 7, 2016
     
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  • Black Star Sound, Mr. Aya & Leah Rosier  
    La Folie en Tête (Chauzon - FR)  
    August 6, 2016
     
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  • Black Star Sound, Mr. Aya & Leah Rosier  
    La Folie en Tête (Chauzon - FR)  
    August 5, 2016
     
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  • Black Star Sound, Mr. Aya & Leah Rosier  
    Jolly Roger Pub (Hyères - FR)  
    August 4, 2016
     
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  • Reggae Sundance Sundays - DJ edition  
    Cafe de Bakkerij (Eindhoven)  
    July 31, 2016
     
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  • Sugar & Spice XL with Johnny Osbourne  
    Sugarfactory (Amsterdam)  
    June 16, 2016
     
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  • Reggae Sundance Sundays - DJ edition  
    Cafe de Bakkerij (Eindhoven)  
    May 29, 2016
     
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  • Sugar & Spice meets Vinyl Thursdays!  
    Sugarfactory (Amsterdam)  
    April 28, 2016
     
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  • Mega Reggae Jamsession - Outdoor Edition  
    Reggaepodium De Cantorij (Apeldoorn)  
    April 27, 2016
     
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  • Rototom & Friends Amsterdam  
    Melkweg (Amsterdam)  
    April 21, 2016
     
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  • Black Star and Leah at Vinyl Thursdays  
    Veggie Meals on Wheels (Kingston - JA)  
    January 28, 2016
     
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  • Black Star and Leah on Jamaican radio!  
    Bess FM (Kingston - JA)  
    January 28, 2016
     
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  • Workshop for Benelux Reggae Finalists  
    Reggaepodium De Cantorij (Apeldoorn)  
    December 19, 2015
     
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  • Sugar & Spice: Lovely Girl release party!  
    Sugarfactory (Amsterdam)  
    November 12, 2015
     
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  • The first edition of Sugar & Spice!  
    Sugarfactory (Amsterdam)  
    September 10, 2015
     
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  • Rototom Sunsplash Festival 2015  
    Benicàssim (Spanje/Spain)  
    August 15 - 22, 2015
     
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  • Black Star and Leah Rosier on JA radio!  
    Bess FM (Kingston - JA)  
    January 15, 2015
     
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  • Zwarte Cross Festival 2014  
    Festivalterrein De Schans (Lichtenvoorde)  
    July 25 - 27, 2014
     
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  • Black Star Foundation on Jamaican radio!  
    Bess FM (Kingston - JA)  
    January 24, 2014
     
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  • Michelles Birthday Bash  
    Jamaica Lounge (Amsterdam)  
    October 5, 2013
     
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  • Roepaen Reggae Festival  
    Landgoed Roepaen (Ottersum)  
    August 24, 2013
     
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  • Hit The Road - Jamaica  
    BNN (TV)  
    September 26, 2012
     
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  • The Worlds Fastest Band  
    Puma Store & Centrum (Brussel)  
    September 16, 2011
     
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  • Lady K-Wida & Poor Man Friend live on 3FM!  
    Radio 3 FM, Friday Freaknight  
    May 2, 2008
     
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  • Black Star at Radio 5  
    Radio 5, Desmet Live  
    December 18, 2007
     
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  • Osagyefo & Poor Man Friend at FunX  
    FunX Radio  
    August 31, 2007
     
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  • Osagyefo inna Robbie Roots Reggae Radioshow  
    Radio Stanvaste (Rotterdam)  
    August 21, 2007
     
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  • Black Star & Osagyefo on FunX Radio  
    FunX Radio  
    August 2, 2007
     
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  • Black Star on Bass Culture Radio  
    Salto Radio (Groove FM)  
    January 31, 2007