Thursday, May 2, 2013

JamandaHalfxVagabros Destination 5: Costa Rica

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Unlike its pristine beaches and lush rainforests, the music of Costa Rica isn't well known outside of its own borders. And that's a shame. While Costa Rica doesn't seem to have the heavy hitters that Brazil or Puerto Rico do, those names that a casual music fan will know, it does have a very interesting musical culture and one that seems to be rooted in traditionality while also just now finding itself. While sharing some similarities with Puerto Rico and the Caribbean sound, Costan Rican music seems to have much more of a Spanish and African influence, and some tracks on this list would sound just at home on a playlist about music from Andalucia or Ghana (especially the Calypso tracks). Last but not least, this is likely the only country we will musically visit which will feature a twenty minute track of nothing but the sounds of nature. We know the Vagabros love their oceans and the sound of daybreak at the Corcovado National Park, the blissful mix of the crashing waves and the awakening jungle, is a symphony that we hope the two will be able to wake up to in a few short months.

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