Blog April 20, 2023
Pura Vida Costa Rica: Hybrids in Central America Feature Playlist

Costa Rican popular music is based on dynamic hybrids that blend salsa, cumbia, and merengue with reggae, rap, calypso, ska and other forms. This program explores the evolution of the vibrant music scene of this unique Central American nation. Reporting from the ground in San Jose and Limón, producer David Katz speaks with artists and insiders about history and music in Costa Rica, and brings us many great tunes along the way. This show was Produced by David Katz.

This week's show Pura Vida Costa Rica gives you a great spectrum of the diverse music that has been produced by Tico´s in the recent past and present. Here are links for video and music for this weeks show to enrich your listening experience.

Unknown group (Marimba por dos Generaciones), “Untitled” (2021)

La Milixia, “Ska, Calle y Memoria,” (live at Plaza de la Democracia, 2014)

Ubuntu Feel, “Untitled” (from Ubuntu Feel@ReggaeUp Live Session 2021)

Trio Los Ticos, “El Punto Guanacasteco,” Trio Los Ticos, Arco LP PBS 4541 (1950)

Los Thunder Boys, “Dame Oportunidad,” Indica 45 - IN 1230 (1966)

Bocaracá, “Cahuita,” CBA 45 – 11073 (1974)

Marfil, “Mundo Del Maldad,” Marfil LP, Polydor 76263 (1977)

The King’s Trials, “Reggae Express” (aka “Regall Express”) Indica 45 - PP412 (1975)

Karibú, “Soy Limonese” (1974)

Tayacán, “Congoli Shango,” (live at Fiesta de San Benito)

Cantoamerica, “Cabin In The Water,” Calypsonians CD, Kaiso Music 18071

Cantoamerica, “Soy Del Caribe,” Palale Pot CD, Kaiso Music (2002)

Cantoamerica, “AfroLimón,” Vuela Otra Vez CD, LCD 1536 (2015)

Moonlight Dub Xperiment

La Banda, “La Avispa,” La Banda LP, CBS 20146 (1979)

Marfil, “Menealo” 45, Proainsa PP-6-85 (1985)

Marfil, “El Reggae De La Cabeza” 45, Proainsa PP-51-86 (1986)

Baby Rasta Band, In the summer time ( 1995 )

Ragga By Roots, “Jump To The Sound,” Education Fa Ya Ear CD, Mercury – 314 536 719-2 (1998)

Natural Vibes, “Welcome To My World,” (1997)

Mekatelyu, “Turn On,” Mek I Tell Yuh Somtin’ CD, DDM Records DDMCD1113 (2004)

Sasha Campbell & Marco Villalta, “Ife Amor”, Omni Sessions 81, YouTube (2021)

Tapón, “Creada A Mi Manera,” Ahorra Si! CD, Indica/Sony 483185017 (1998)

Mod-Ska, “Ska De Corazon,” Hermanos CD, A.C.S. Producciones – CDN0000001 (1998)

Talawa, “Llamen Al Doctor,” Call Di Docta Riddim, SoundCloud (2022)

Jahricio, “Word, Sound & Power,” Idrin Riddim, Costa Rebel Productions

H-Uba [Huba Watson], “Debajo De La Piel” Radicales 2 CD, Indica/Sony 483283017 (2002)

Shel & Banton, “Mil Lagrimas,” Reggae World Crew, YouTube (2009)

Pipo Ti, “Alta Suciedad,” Idrin Riddim, Costa Rebel Productions, YouTube (2013)

Million Stylez, “Inna di Dancehall", 2021

Costa Rebel & Mauris Style, “Dubwise,” Costa Rebel Productions, YouTube (2023)

Costa Rebel & Mauris Style, “Dub Wise [Dub Version]”, Costa Rebel Productions, YouTube (2023)

Maf É Tulà, “Hey Hou,” Wila Fest CD, Wila Fest (2022)

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