Posts Tagged With: Costa Rica

Lost In The Wilderness (Soundtrack)

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The Soundtrack will be released on your bandcamps, soundclouds and youtubes and all those good ole musical sharing avenues.  The track listing will include all songs used in the upcoming documentary (Lost In The Wilderness).  A list of songs, some -like Peaceful, C.h.u.c.h.a, The flight back, and The Field  of which have already been released on other projects. but help tell the story of Negros Americanos.  The Soundtrack, however is majority new songs that the world has never heard, including snippets from the upcoming album “Take Flight”.  I can also tell you that the song cornbread will  be on the soundtrack along with another song from the same band Le Gamut.  

Check the link below to see the trailer for the (L.I.T.W) soundtrack sung by the beautiful and talented Fallon Chalvire (euphrates).  This will also be the intro record, you will enjoy-

The first single from the Lost In The Wilderness (Soundtrack) -Can you ride it- has been out since the 4th of May.  It features the voice of the lovely Alexis Monteith, and was filmed on a secret location.  The first three people to guess the location get a free black and white Negros Americanos t-shirt!!!! Leave your guess in the comment box here!

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Poor Musicians Are Innovators!!

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I Ran into this interesting individual at Parque Vargas in Puerto Limón, Costa Rica.  I was intrigued by his  contraption and had to converse with him.  I see an engineer here, A true craftsman if you will.  While many will ostracize people like this from society, these are the types that I cram to understand and learn from.

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First off, it appears that he is wearing  a Toga of sorts with a chain, all of which he put together himself.  But just take a better gaze at his homemade guitar!  There is an old record at the bottom, while the body appears to be the  back of a wooden chair.  Look at the way he has it strung up and  strapped to his person.  It shows a level of creativity that can only be manifested through poverty.  A Tica that I spoke to about him thinks that from first glance everyone can see he is a Stoneman or Piedrero .   But maybe it is because I am a Northern boy that I just cant see it.  He commands respect, he is majestic.  I would hang with this guy any day, we would  talk about life and injustices in the black community.  Check the video below to see 30 seconds I shot of him playing his guitar in Parque Vargas.

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Its Carnaval Time in Costa Rica!!!!

Negros Americanos in Puerto Limon Carnavales

Negros Americanos in Puerto Limon Carnavales

Carnaval is usually a strange time in most countries that participate in these experiences.  Most of the rituals have some sort of historical significance.  I am not going to sit here and say that I know the origins of any of the goings on around me. But I must admit it was quite enjoyable.  Now this was not the first carnaval that I have been to.  We participated in Panama’s carnaval, which existed in different places throughout the city and was amazing and a colorful.

Negros Americanos in Carnavales Puerto Limon

Negros Americanos in Carnavales Puerto Limon

The Puerto Limon Carnaval was so different.  Puerto Limon is a small city on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica and home to an Afro-Caribbean Costa Rican population.  Many of the black people there speak english as a result of immigration from the Caribbean Islands in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.  Immigrants went to Costa Rica to work on the banana plantations, turtle fishing  and constructing railroads.  Many stayed in Costa Rica and bought a long with them a Caribbean way of life in regards to music, dance, food, language and celebrations. The Carnaval lasts all week, starting with with what they call “los payasos” -clowns it seems like local youth run around in strange costumes after a loud song goes off…hitting people and running again.  The atmosphere is very exciting and extremely colorful in the backdrop of this Caribbean Central American city.

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I did experience a fantastic first there! I ate my first turtle egg!  Now thats not necessarily a good thing.  Whatever turtle it was probably was some sort of threatened sea turtle.  The eggs were boiled in some sort of spicy sauce and kept hot in a portable cooler as the very pleasant individual screamed “huevos de tortuga!” I said to myself, this probably isn’t right, but I have to try it, just to tell my future children that daddy tried that.

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I had one of the funnest experience with the local people in Puerto Limon Costa Rica! You see this is the way that Negros Americanos likes to travel.  We don’t rock with the tourist happenings, we get down with the people of in area unil we are in their element.  It is doing that, that we are able to show the world how these places tick.  Giving a different voice to a lot of the negative things that you may hear about Puerto Limon in a lot of Costa Rican information videos and travel blogs.  This city is very safe, and their festivities are filled with riveting good times!!! Bless, I leave you with an original video that Negros Americanos took during our last time at Carnaval! It is very short and shows some of the festivities

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Dia Del Negro (Puerto Limón, Costa Rica)

Soon I will catch my lovely readers on where we are with Negros Americanos ..How we got into Costa Rica, it is going to be pretty pretty interesting story. But for now on I leave you with this lovely video of the very much anticipated event that happens every 31st of August in Puerto Limón, Costa Rica. The event is called Dia Del Negro (Negro Day) Where All of the Afro descendants in this area of Costa Rica dress up in their cultural garbs and enjoy the festivities of the day. BLESS (you are going to love the story of how Negros Americanos ended up in Puerto Limón, Costa Rica….coming soon)

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Have I finally discovered the Chupacabra?

Have I finally discovered the Chupacabra?

My fellow constituents in the blogosphere, I need your help with this one…I came across this strange skeleton of a small critter on my last trip to the jungles of Puerto Viejo, Limón, Costa Rica. My goal is to find out truly what this creature may have been before its untimely demise. Some have said small dog, others have said bat, Chupacabra, fox. I cant seem to solve this riddle alone I need your help….You can comment on here with your ideas of what this animal is, or you could reach me on Facebook at Facebook.com/NegrosAmericanos or Facebook.com/nappybishop…Muchas gracias

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Rakatakas Necesitan Amor Tambien (Hood Rats Need Love Too)

Finally we have released the black soap opera/music video- “Rakatakas Necesitan Amor También” (Hoodrats Need Love Too) the video was filmed in the beautiful Afro-Latino Caribbean city of Puerto Limón, Costa Rica. An attempt at courting a woman hardened by an abusive relationship, and the dangers that come with these types of situations…….(Negros Americanos)  This song is in spanish…for those that don’t speak spanish visit this link right here to get the lyrics translated in english 

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