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Bluefields Sound System makes a mark

The Caribbean coast of Nicaragua has been getting some great press lately. Here is a story by Marlon Bishop that recently ran on one of MTV’s music blogs: On the isolated Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, embraced tightly by green jungle in all sides, is a place called Bluefields. To get there, you start with a […]

Lucky Dube on the Caribbean Coast

Who do you think is the top played reggae artist on the Caribbean coast? Nope, not Bob Marley. Not by a mile. “Reggae in the bathroom, reggae in the bedroom, reggae everywhere… reggae in jail, reggae in church, everybody likes it!”   One of Lucky Dube’s last international concerts was right here in Bluefields. Lucky […]

Music That’s Hot on the Dancehall

The only light in that club was the flash of the camera.   Grab ya gyal and hit the dancehall all you crazy reggae lovin people. This is the soundtrack of your Saturday night. This is an oldie but has just started to get some serious play here on the coast. It fills up the […]

Music that’s hot on the dance hall

Turn up the bass, turn down the lights and grab ya gyal fa wine up…here are a few of the latest songs hottin up the dance hall right now: Popcaan. Dig the leopard-print cardigan! Di Genius. About…let’s see…a girl bouncing her butt! Original. Mavado. Says it’s her destiny. Of course, Vybz Kartel. Official song […]

Adios, Mango Ghost

Sad news from Bluefields today. One of the last living legends of Maypole music is no longer with us. Jose Sinclair, better known as Mango Ghost, died yesterday afternoon. Here are a few clips from Bluefields Sound System celebrating the music he sang. …and this one is FOR Mango, by Osberto Jerez:

What’s on spin at 4 Brothers

A lot of reggae soul, that’s what. Check out the smooth, smokey sound of Beres Hammond and hold ya gyal tite: And of course, Boris Gardiner knows just what to say to make ya gyal hug up clows: And when it’s time to back it up an wine, check out Busy Signal and Vybz Kartel:

Cangrejo Man on tour!

Last night I got the exciting news that the hottest rising stars in the Miskitu music scene, the Cangrejo Man Band, is doing a first-ever Caribbean coast tour. First ever not just for the Cangrejo Man Band, but this route by sea down the Caribbean coast is a first for any band! They will be […]

Grupo Zinica – Original Maypole Music!

Translated from — In the early 1980s Grupo Zinica was organized, composed of older musicians who played solo. They played May Pole with the traditional rhythm, adding  special banjo accompaniment. It consisted of: Walter Lackwood, Victor Perry, Claudio and Landim Omier, HuberthPerry and Edwin Campbell. They managed to record an LP, and their performances were so contagious and enjoyable that, in Leo Gordon’s home in the neighborhood  Old Bank was where the writer Julio Cortazar, during a trip done in 1980, with his wife Carol, the […]

Yaaa me voooy, cangrejo!

Guess who is coming to perform in Tasbapauni this weekend?? Florian M! He is world famous in Bilwi as one of the primier Miskito musical artists. Check out his latest hit: Cangrejo (at least watch it until you see the Mr. Redsleeves doing the hammer dance)!