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May 15, 2017

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Guyana

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...

Apr 2, 2017

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Grenada

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...

Jun 13, 2016

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Curaçao

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...

May 9, 2016

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Costa Rica

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...

Feb 22, 2016

What We're Digging Right Now: Cocofunka

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...

Sep 14, 2015

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Barbados

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...

Jun 29, 2015

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Antigua and Barbuda

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...


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