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Loona in 2008
Background information
Birth name Marie-José van der Kolk
Also known as Carisma
Born (1974-09-16) September 16, 1974 (age 40)
Origin IJmuiden, Netherlands
Genres Dance, Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, dancer
Years active 1994–present
Website www.loona.com

Marie-José van der Kolk (born September 16, 1974), better known by her stage name Loona, is a Dutch singer, songwriter and dancer.

Life and career[edit]

1994–98: Beginnings and Life Is Just a Game[edit]

van der Kolk was born on September 16, 1974 in IJmuiden, Netherlands. In 1991, she met DJ and producer DJ Sammy at Zorba's Club in Palma, for whom she started to be a background singer for live performances. In 1992, DJ Sammy became resident DJ at the Joy Palace Club in Arenal, while van der Kolk was a resident dancer there. She soon adopted the stage name "Carisma" and performed as a freatured artist on DJ Sammy's music. In 1996, they released their first singles "Life is Just a Game" and "You Are My Angel", which was their first hit. In 1997, with the release of their third single "Prince of Love", they scored a Top 30 hit, followed by the singles "Golden Child" and "Magic Moment". DJ Sammy's debut studio album Life Is Just A Game, which heavily involved van der Kolk on vocals, peaked at 62 in the German album chart. In the Summer of 1998. van der Kolk came up with a new project called Loona (leaned on the Spanish word "luna" for "moon"), also produced by DJ Sammy. Originally started as a Duo, DJ Sammy stayed in the background for music videos and cover arts. The first single, which also appeared as a bonus track on Life is Just a Game, was a cover of Paradisio's song "Bailando" and it became the summer song of 1998 in Germany, reaching the top of the German charts and Echo-awarded as "Best Dance Single". By Autumn, it was followed by another single "Hijo de la Luna" (a cover of the Spanish band Mecano) which also reached number 1 on the German charts. These two singles became gold- and platinum selling records in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

1999–00: Lunita and Entre dos Aguas[edit]

In 1999, Loona's first studio album titled Lunita[1] has been released, followed by the third and final single, the Top 30 hit "Dónde Vas". The song "Mamboleo", a cover version of Herbert Grönemeyer's song "Mambo", from the second album Entre dos Aguas has been released, which was also Echo-awarded as "Best Dance Single". Due to a lawsuit set up by Herbert Grönemeyer, a second black and white music video was shot, and finally both videos banned from music stations to be played for just one day of airing, after the infringement case. The song itself then had to be removed from Entre dos Aguas, the re-issued versions of the album does not include the track and only can be found on rare and early pressings (Still the song re-appeared and included on Loona's first compilation album Greatest Hits later in 2000). Entre dos Aguas saw the four more single releases "Salvador Dalí" (another cover of the Spanish band Mecano), "La Vida es una Flor" and the Christmas single "Navidad", becoming minor hits and didn't reached the Top 50 in Germany. In 2000, Loona's first compilation album Greatest Hits and its' first single, "Latino Lover" (a Spanish remake of "You're the Greatest Lover" by the pop band Luv'), was released and peaked at #6 in German and Swiss single chart. In 1999, van der Kolk again provided guest vocals as Carisma for DJ Sammy's single "In 2 Eternity" from his first remix album DJ Sammy at Work (In the Mix).

2001–02: Baila mi Ritmo and Colors[edit]

In 2001, Loona released the singles "Baila mi Ritmo" and "Viva el Amor" followed by her second compilation album Baila mi Ritmo. "Viva el Amor" became a number 1 hit in Spain. In 2002, she released the singles "Rhythm of the Night" and "Colors" from the third studio album Colors. For this album, Loona experimented with a more mature and oriental sound, which can be heard on songs like "Land of broken dreams", "If you want my love" or on the third single release and #4 hit "Rhythm of the Night", a remake of "Hadi Bakalim" from Sezen Aksu's 1991 album Gülümse. In 2002, van der Kolk continued providing guest vocals for DJ Sammy's singles "Sunlight" and the Don Henley cover version "The Boys of Summer" from his second studio album Heaven, but this time for the first time credited as "DJ Sammy feat. Loona".

2003–05: Wind of Time, hiatus and motherhood[edit]

In 2004, Loona was featured on DJ Sammy's single "Rise Again" and released her first and only single, the Eric Clapton classic "Tears In Heaven", of her fourth studio album "Wind of Time", followed in 2005. Both singles became moderate hits. The album is a collection full of cover versions. According to Loona, she dedicated the album title, selected tracklist and the entire album to her mother, whom she lost ten years ago. It features covers such as Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale", Peter Sarstedt's "Where Do You Go to My Lovely", Ralph McTell's "Streets Of London", Sting's Fragile or Bob Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind“. She emotionally performed "Tears In Heaven" at "The Dome" crying and pregnant with her first child, her daughter named Saphira Maria, welcomed in 2005. In 2005, Loona released the David Bisbal classic "Oye el Boom" and went on hiatus for her baby.

2007–08: Everybody on the Floor and Moonrise[edit]

In 2007, Loona's third compilation album Everybody on the Floor and the same titled single, a reggaeton song titled "Everybody on the Floor (Uh la la la)" have been released. In May 2008, Loona signed a new contract with Sony BMG/Ariola and returned with her fifth studio album "Moonrise" in October, preceded by its' two single releases "Por la Noche" and "Salam Aleikoum", all with limited success. Professionally and in private, van der Kolk parted ways with her longtime collaborator and father of her daughter, DJ Sammy. She was also a Judge in the seventh season of the German version of "Popstars" alongside rapper Sido and choreographer Detlef Soost.

2009–Present: Singles and Collaborations[edit]

In 2009, Loona returned with the cover version of Cidinho & Doca, "Parapapapapa" to her summer tune roots since "Viva el Amor" in 2001. The single peaked #34 in the German single chart. van der Kolk attend in the Vox television program "Das perfekte Promidinner im Schlafrock". In 2010, the single "Vamos a la playa", a Miranda cover, charted at No. 2 in Belgium, and "El Cucaracho, El Muchacho", a collaboration with Movetown, followed. "Vamos a la playa" also reached No. 4 in France, No. 16 in Swiss, No. 24 in Denmark, and No. 32 in Germany. In July 2011, the single and Pigbag classic "El Tiburón" charted at #43 in the German single chart. Again in 2012, van der Kolk attend in the Vox television program "Das perfekte Promidinner im Schlafrock" and the Pro7 program "TV Total Wok WM". In June 2012, van der Kolk posed nude for the German edition of Playboy.[2] Until 2013, Loona released four further songs, the singles "Policia", "Oh la la, dance avec moi", the Los Diablos cover version "Rakatakata (Un Rayo de Sol)" and "Caliente". Loona appeared as guest vocalist on DJ Cassey Doreen's single "Tell it to my Heart", a Taylor Dayne cover version. In 2014, the single "Brazil", a cover of Francisco Alves's "Aquarela do Brasil" has been released for the WM in Brasil. Since 2009, the singles supposed to be included on her long-awaited, upcoming sixth studio album with the working title Summer Dance. Loona was also guest vocalist on Flava & Stevenson's 2k14 remix of their single "Rio de Janeiro", found on their album Quantum of Dance.


Loona is best known for her catchy, good mood, summervibe tunes such as "Bailando", "Mamboleo", "Latino Lover" or "Viva el Amor" with easy beats, sounds, melodies and simple lyrics. Although she also released ballads such as the Mecano cover versions "Hijo de la Luna" or "Salvador Dalí". Other genres include pop ("Dónde Vas" or "La Vida es una Flor"), vocal trance/electronic ("Prince of Love", "Sunlight" or "Rise Again"), R&B ("No one loves you (like I do)") or reggaeton, such as "Everybody on the floor (Uh la la la)". While Loona experimented with ambient sounds on the second album Entre dos aguas, such as in "Pajaro sin cielo" or "Tell me why", for the third studio album Colors, she used a more mature and oriental sound, which can be heard on songs like "Land of broken dreams", "If you want my love" or "Rhythm of the Night", a remake of "Hadi Bakalim" from Sezen Aksu's 1991 album Gülümse. Since "Parapapapapa", Loona has returned to the summervibe tune roots. Loona is known for numerous songs and singles being covers of other artist such as Paradisio, Mecano, Herbert Grönemeyer, Luv', Elvis Presley, Sezen Aksu, David Bisbal, Donna Summer, Don Henley, Cidinho & Doca, Miranda, Pigbag, Los Diablos, Taylor Dayne, Barry Manilow or Francisco Alves (Not counting her fourth album Wind of Time, which was a full cover album), which ended up of 16 of her first 36 singles being cover versions so far. She is also noted for singing multilingual, mostly Spanish, spanglish or English, but also parts in Arabic ("Salam Aleikoum"), French ("Et me voila") or German ("Gib mir deine Angst").


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions
1999 Lunita 13 8 7
2000 Entre dos aguas 57 49
2002 Colors 84
2005 Wind of Time
2008 Moonrise
TBA Summer Dance

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions
2000 Greatest Hits
2001 Baila mi ritmo
2007 Everybody on the Floor

Singles (as main artist)[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions Certifications Album
1998 "Bailando" 3 1 1 9 Lunita
"Hijo de la Luna" 3 1 2 9
1999 "Dónde Vas" 26 40
"Mamboleo" 8 3 4 Entre Dos Aguas (Deluxe Edition)
"Salvador Dalí" 63 80 Entre Dos Aguas
2000 "La Vida es una Flor" 55
"Latino Lover" 9 6 6 Greatest Hits
2001 "Baila mi Ritmo" 52 40 11 34 Colors
"Viva el Amor" 42 1 75
2002 "Rhythm of the Night" 18 4 30
"Colors" 79
2004 "Tears in Heaven" 46 Wind of Time
2005 "Oye el Boom" 70 32 44 Everybody on the Floor
2007 "Everybody on the Floor (Uh la la la)"
2008 "Por la Noche" 64 Moonrise
"Salam Aleikoum"
2009 "Parapapapapa" 34 TBA (Summer Dance)
2010 "Vamos a la Playa" 32 4 16
"El Cucaracho, El Muchacho" (feat. Movetown) 67
2011 "El Tiburón" 43
2012 "Policia"
"Oh la la dance avec moi"
2013 "Rakatakata (Un Rayo de Sol)" 47
"Caliente" 58
2014 "Brazil"
"Ademloos door de Nacht"

Singles (as featured artist)[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions Certifications Album
1995 "Life is Just a Game" (DJ Sammy feat. Carisma) 62 Life Is Just a Game
1996 "You're my Angel" (DJ Sammy feat. Carisma)
1997 "Prince of Love" (DJ Sammy feat. Carisma) 24
"Golden Child" (DJ Sammy feat. Carisma) 43
1998 "Magic Moment" (DJ Sammy feat. Carisma) 67
1999 "In 2 Eternity" (DJ Sammy feat. Carisma) 31 48 DJ Sammy at Work (In the Mix)
2002 "Sunlight" (DJ Sammy feat. Loona) 58 50 28 Heaven
"The Boys of Summer" (DJ Sammy feat. Loona & Mel) 49 25 19
2004 "Rise Again" (DJ Sammy feat. Loona) 53 88 The Rise
2013 "Tell it to my Heart" (Cassey Doreen feat. Loona) TBA


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