"Wa' apin man? It apin already!"
This beautiful lost Calypso was only unearthed half a year ago in the USA. Hear what happened long time ago and enjoy some historic photographs from the Limon region.
This previously unreleased Calypso was found on one of Don Walter's priceless home recorded cassette tapes. The specific cassette belongs to US author Paula Palmer, who wrote a book called "Wa' apin man / What happen" in 1977. It is the first book about Talamancen culture and quite some pages are dedicated to Don Walter. He returned the favour by composing this Calypso.
We estimate there are still many dozens of songs missing, maybe captured on surviving casettes out there, waiting to be discovered again. Help us get the word out there to find more cassettes and save another piece of Costa Rican cultural history.
"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."-Marcus Garvey-
Historic post cards copyright by Imagenes Tropicales
Black and white photographs by South Caribe Roots Archive
Photo of Walter Ferguson wall painting by Christiane Zwick