Occur Goes Global - The Music of Guyana

Monday, May 15, 2017 at 2:48 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Now here's a country with a rainbow of peoples and music that you might not have ever considered to be a melting pot. Guyana lies physically on the Caribbean and within South America, but its arts and entertainment have roots in the Indian subcontinent, Europe, Africa and other locales. Indulge in the melange that is the Guyanese music scene with these five artists: Poonam Singh Law student. Beauty queen. De facto national ambassador. Poonam Singh represents Guyana... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Grenada

Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 7:04 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music This Caribbean nation might only have about 100,000 residents, but it’s rife with music. The carnival soundtrack of soca, the elation of gospel… it’s all represented here in our collection of five favorite artists from the island.   Sabrina Francis Francis has a voice that makes you say “Damn” aloud and go wide-eyed at her subdued yet powerful performances. Paired with contemplative lyrics about taking the bitter with the sweet, and emulation of icons such as Adele, this... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Curaçao

Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 11:22 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Emerging as its own nation from the Netherland Antilles in 2010, Curaçao thrives on diversity. Everything from reggae to rock and South American genres permeate the myriad clubs on the island. Here are five artists who embody the independent spirit of Curaçao.   Junior Tecla A multilingual, soulful artist who spends time between Curaçao and Amsterdam, Philip “Junior” Tecla picks up Bob Marley’s mantle of peace and harmony. Armed with an acoustic guitar and a calming voice, he... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Costa Rica

Monday, May 9, 2016 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Welcome to the land of pura vida, an expression Costa Ricans use in gratitude. Their nation is the jewel of Central America, full of tropical rainforests and a plethora of music and art. Here are five entities rocking 'Rica, in genres ranging from rap to Celtic folk. Cocofunka We were already enamored of this spacey soca group, thanks to the buzz-worthy single “Chúcaro.” Their 2016 album of the same name bears resemblance to Phoenix, Miike Snow and... READ MORE

What We're Digging Right Now: Cocofunka

Monday, February 22, 2016 at 5:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Cocofunka call their new album Chúcaro, or “wild” in English. Twelve untamed tracks embrace Costa Rica’s native sounds of soca – a rhythmic calypso style – along with four-on-the-floor post-punk and ’80s pop. The album’s eponymous lead single sounds like Phoenix vacationing in the Amazon. Javier Arce’s husky, dulcet vocals coat Nacho Paez’s angular guitars, while Horacio Paris bangs out a shuffling beat. The song is about an inebriated couple on the run, and its literal... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Barbados

Monday, September 14, 2015 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Yes, Rihanna is for all intents and purposes the musical ambassador from the Caribbean island of Barbados. But beyond her pop flair, there is an exuberant array of calypso, jazz and carnival artists from this thriving nation. We’ll explore the bands who give voice to the celebration of Crop Over (a festival with roots in the sugarcane harvest) and the native instruments that are distinctly Barbadian.   Troubadours International Talk about longevity— this reggae/dance collective first got together... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Antigua and Barbuda

Monday, June 29, 2015 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music A luxury destination for world travelers - particularly sailors - the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda hum with steel, whistles and shouts of delight. The soca tradition marries soul and calypso, and today's Antiguan artists infuse mainstream pop and reggae into the mix. We've featured five below that will perk up your ears and your being.   King Short Shirt   This electric septuagenarian has crowned himself the Cassius Clay of Calypso, and for good measure. Since 1964, he’s... READ MORE