Today Walter Gavitt Ferguson, the Costa Rican calypso master, turns 101 years old, and he is in quite good mood. He thanks everyone for their kind and generous donations to the recently startet fundraiser, helping him and his family to make ends meet during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Unlike his 100th birthday a year ago, which was celebrated all over the country, nobody will shake his hands today... The lockdown was a heavy blow for the retired Calypso King, as the Ferguson family lives off a small cabin rental business in Cahuita that can't survive without tourism. The ongoing fundraiser and the new Benefit Album "Keep the Cabin Above The Wata" are a big help to ease the financial pressure.
Calypso Day at home... Enjoy 2.5 hours of Costa Rican Calypso!
Today is also the second time that Costa Rica celebrates National Calypso Day. And despite the Lockdown, you can still celebrate Calypso Day at home - this is why we have put together a mix full of Limonense Calypso. So just press play and get in the mood.
Muchas Gracias a Ramon Morales de Leche de Coco Calypso y a Jorge Salazar Navarro por contribuir a este mix.
The cover shows a photo of the actual "Cabin in the Wata" which was built by a fisherman called Bato as he refused to move away from his land when Cahuita National Park was created by the Government in 1970. You can listen to Don Walter recounting the whole story of the "Cabin in the Wata" in the following video (in spanish, thanks to Tania Robles):