The Complete Story of Anita Dot, 2 Unlimited Member…
Anita Dot is a Dutch singer who gained popularity thanks to the music project 2 Unlimited. In just 5 years of its creative activity, the duet has gained international success: almost 2 dozen cult hits, as well as a colossal circulation of discs - more than 18 million worldwide ... But why did the group, in a beloved by all lineup, abruptly cease to exist? And what happened to the star of 2 Unlimited, the charming Anita Dot?
Anita Dels was born in 1971 in Amsterdam. Her family is from Suriname, a former Dutch colony. Since childhood, Anita loved to dance, sing and swim! The girl also met music at an early age:
“When I was a little kid, I always sang at family reunions!”
The singer also recalls performing at a local competition in front of over a thousand spectators! She did not win this competition, which was a blow to her ... Fortunately, this event did not deprive her of self-confidence! True, before starting her musical career, Anita worked as a secretary in the Dutch police department in the parking ticket department ... Well: not everyone becomes a star right away! Sometimes you have to wait...
Anita was soon invited to join the Trouble Sisters, an all-female rap group. Then the girl was offered to join another group as a dancer and backing vocalist.
“It was my first exposure to show business,” says Anita about this period.
But soon Anita got tired of “just looking sexy” (as she herself says). She wanted to perform. Marvin D, who actually became the godfather of 2 Unlimited, asked her if she would like to record a record. He said that his friend, Ray Slingard, was doing a musical project and he needed a singer.
"Of course I said yes!" Anita recalled.
What happened next was nothing but history... The world found out about 2 Unlimited. Ray and Anita didn't actually know each other before the band's formation, although they saw each other in clubs. The project was the beginning of not only their fruitful professional relationship, but also an amazing friendship…
“We consider ourselves brother and sister!” - repeatedly said the singer.
They have toured all over the world and reached the top positions in more than 50 countries with hits such as "Get Ready for This", "No Limit", "Tribal Dance"... For five long years, Anita and Ray have delighted fans with their bright performances and songs...
But in 1996, all this came to an end. Their contract ended and they both decided not to renew it... After 2 Unlimited they were going to start their own project called Ray & Anita. Many record companies offered them a lot of money to keep performing together! But Anita wanted to dance more, while Ray wanted more hip-hop/R&B… They parted ways.
After 2 Unlimited, Anita went into her own production company. She had her own dance program on the Dutch music television The Music Factory. She also appeared as a guest vocalist on dance singles such as "It's When I Stop Loving You" by Dutch artist René Froger.
In 1999, she released the solo single "Center Of Your Universe". This upbeat and hardcore song was produced by Digidance (better known as the Klubbheads), who also remixed "Jump For Joy" and "Spread Your Love" (2 Unlimited).
About the project 2 Unlimited…
The duet, created by Jean Paul de Coster and Phil Wilde, gained great success: hit tracks that became international, and circulations exceeding 18 million copies ... In 1996, the main participants went into free creative swimming ... The second composition failed miserably, and in the end The project was closed in the 90s.
In the spring of 2009, Ray and Anita performed on the same stage for the first time in many years! The occasion was the concert "I Love The 90s", held in Belgium. A little later, they released a joint "In Da Name of Love"!
With the advent of the new year, they released "Nothing 2 Lose" - a track that became the soundtrack to "Gloomy Amsterdam"! It was later announced that Ray and Anita would be returning to De Coster to perform as 2 Unlimited! The duo reunited! A series of live performances began, including participation in the Acceleration 2014 festival and a performance at the Super Disco of the 90s in Russia! But in 2016, a new vocalist comes to Anita's place: Kim Vergouwen. So, the beloved star of 2 Unlimited was forced to leave in order to take up health and a solo career ... The singer was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, after a long treatment, the disease receded.
Anita recently recorded several songs with Jamaican ragga artist Mad Cobra. She had modest success with her second solo single "Lifting Up My Life", which was released in Holland.
But Anita was convinced that she could become a solo singer and succeed on her own. In 2000, she finally released her first solo album, Reality. She wrote most of her songs with producers Steve Mack, Todd Terry (who also wrote songs for Jocelyn Brown) and Adamski... Recording sessions for the album took place in Amsterdam, London and New York. The album contains tracks with elements of UKdance, pop, drum and bass and even chemical beats! As Anita herself said, she chose different producers for good reasons:
“In 2 Unlimited, we only worked with one producer who only relied on a certain type of sound… I don't want to go back to that. The variety of sounds we've created work surprisingly well! And I really like it!”
Musically, Anita took a new direction, partly breaking away from her past.
“The songs are still very accessible and danceable, which is also the case with the 2 Unlimited material. These are good pop songs, but this record is based on the influences of different styles of modern dance... It's a diverse album. This album is really very personal for me... It's the kind of music that I like. After 2 Unlimited, I just want to see what I can do! But at the same time, I want to remain who I am ... I just want to prove to myself that I can also do it on my own. It is very important for me. As a solo singer, I haven't proven anything yet. People still see me as "Anita from 2 Unlimited". But I really hope people start seeing me as Anita…”
Anita Dot today...
In 2005, Anita gave birth to a son, whom she and her husband named Destino! Soon she returned to Divas of Dance (the singer's temporary project), and in 2006 the video Falling into the Groove was released:
Now Anita actively goes in for sports for an hour a day to keep her shape. As the singer herself says, she considers herself "an intellectual person who loves Led Zeppelin music and all food that has rice in it!" The singer is also involved in charity work... Here she is - strong, generous and unambiguously talented - this Anita Dot!