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New, Improved Guanacaste Travel Route

By at March 7, 2013 | 5:47 pm | 0 Comment

In 2008, Luciano Capelli and Yazmin Ross released their joint effort: “Guanacaste: Rutas de Viaje – Travel Routes”, a photographic and written journal of this unique Costa Rican province. It has been one of the most popular books in Costa Rica for the last five years. Have I really been admiring this book for half a decade? The original project took nearly three

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Avelino Here , There & Everywhere

By at September 8, 2012 | 5:19 pm | 1 Comments

Fabio Avelino dos Santos was born in the small town of Limoeiro, near Recife, on the Atlantic coast of Brazil. He started playing guitar at the age of fifteen and began performing to audiences at the age of eighteen. He considers Brazilian musicians like Luis Gonzaga to be among his major musical influences, as well as the writer Paulo Coelho and The Beatles. Avelino had

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Gringos in Paradise

By at August 3, 2012 | 12:09 pm | 0 Comment

Gringos in Paradise (And Singing Its Praises) Guanacaste has become home to many people from outside the area and some of the people are musicians and some of these musicians have recorded songs about their experiences here. So, this column will be dedicated to my five favorite “local” gringo musicians. (Note: the Leatherbacks don’t count because they are a

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El Regreso Soundtrack

By at July 27, 2012 | 12:33 pm | 0 Comment

El Regreso Soundtrack Writing a soundtrack is tricky business. The music needs to compliment the action and images of the movie of the film without being pervasive. It needs to follow the storyline so in this way it is almost like an assignment. And all good musicians want to put their own personal stamp on their music, so it needs to fall into the category of

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Calypsonian Walter Ferguson – A Living Legend

By at July 23, 2012 | 9:07 am | 0 Comment

The World Discovers Walter Ferguson The essence of Calypso is in its rhythm and its humor, not necessarily in that order. The seed of this musical style sprouted around Barbados, Trinidad and Ciudad Colon, Panama. It spread, literally by word of mouth, to other Caribbean ports, including Kingston, Jamaica, where it spawned the nucleus of reggae music. Walter

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Costa Rica Reggae Nights vol. 2

By at July 20, 2012 | 8:53 am | 0 Comment

New Reggae Night in Costa Rica Reggae music has become a global phenomenon. Cast into public awareness forty years ago by musicians like Johnny Nash and Bob Marley, the music remains Caribbean in temperament. In 1995, the young Costa Rican label Papaya Music released “Costa Rica Reggae Night”, an excellent compilation of Reggae music from this country.

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The Leatherbacks – Tamarindo’s Legendary Rock Band – Release their New CD

By at July 19, 2012 | 5:27 pm | 0 Comment

Leatherbacks Hatch Their Baby! For centuries, the leatherback turtles have called Playa Tamarindo one of their nesting spots. And for more than a decade, so has the rock band known as The Leatherbacks. It’s hard to live in Tamarindo and not know who this band is. They have established themselves as a hard-working group, playing regularly at open mike night on

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Malpais CD “Volver a Casa”

By at July 19, 2012 | 4:16 pm | 0 Comment

Bittersweet Malpais Album For the many fans, of Malpais it is impossible not to become nostalgic while listening to their new CD. Fans, friends, family and band members were stunned at the sudden and unexpected passing late last August of Fidel Gamboa, the singer/songwriter/guitarist/flautist of this very popular Costa Rican group. After the shock resided a bit, the

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Rumba Jam in Costa Rica

By at July 19, 2012 | 9:37 am | 0 Comment

Having a Swinging Time Criollo music actually originated in Peru, and was quickly absorbed by Venezuelan and Argentinean musicians. But swing criollo with its tico flavor had its genesis here in the Sixties with a merger of American Swing music and a Latin style of music from Colombia called cumbia. Initially, it was frowned upon, considered an uncultured, even crude

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Roxanne Oliva, her accordions and Playa Negra

By at July 19, 2012 | 8:56 am | 0 Comment

Mama’s Got a Squeezebox Who is Roxanne Oliva and what is that style of music she plays? This is the question I ask myself as I listen over and again to her solo album “Box Candy”. The first song, “FiFi’s Closet” sounds Middle Eastern, while the second song, “Willow Slip” sounds Celtic, like an Irish jig. The third song has an ear-catching intro and what

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Latin Beat by Putumayo Records

By at July 19, 2012 | 8:43 am | 0 Comment

Latin Beat Latin music in varied forms has gone global in the Twenty-first Century, in no small part thanks to Putumayo Music. Oh, and Shakira and Carlos Santana. Putumayo recently released their new CD, “Latin Beat”, showcasing rising stars of the Latin Pop, R&B and Salsa genres and it is an impressive collection. The album opens with the Cuban band Moneda

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La Cuneta Son Machin – New Nicaraguan Music

By at July 19, 2012 | 8:39 am | 0 Comment

La Cuneta Son Machin The musical genre referred to as chinamera in Nicaragua has always had the connotation of being the music of the poor, without finesse; but it is also the embodiment of the sounds that have been heard at festivals and street parties, at holiday parties and parties in general throughout the country literally for generations and is now

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The Gentle Swing of Rialengo

By at July 18, 2012 | 3:09 pm | 0 Comment

The Gentle Swing of Rialengo The first time I listened to “Musica Profana”, the new CD by Rialengo, I found myself being impressed time and again by the vocal and instrumental harmonies and the seamless, gentle flow of the melodies. The music is a mesh of Cumbia, from Colombia, and Swing Criolla, which itself is a marriage of Peruvian Criolla and American swing

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Central American Music Box II

By at July 18, 2012 | 7:39 am | 0 Comment

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[caption id="attachment_3954" align="alignright" width="150"] Guillermo Anderson[/caption] Largely overlooked by the global music scene, Central America is diverse and rich in its musical genres. Luckily for the music listener, there are people dedicated to exposing this treasure trove. Central American Music Box 2 is the second release contributed by Moka Discos

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