5 more tapes... and a documentary
Wimba! Costa Rica surprises again with a handful of excellent tapes and a film crew
After a warm welcome we all sat down and Mario explained us how he had
aquired his tape personally from Don Walter in August 2002: Like
hundreds of travellers and music lovers before him, Mario knocked the
gates to Gavitt's house and shortly after was greeted by the King
himself. Mario introduced himself and mentioned that he was interested
in buying some of his music. The 83 year old Calypsonian explained that
he had just finished a lenghty recording session (it would become the
album, all recorded in Gavitt's house because of his refusal to go to a
city studio), but unfortunately that recording was not yet available.
There was a pause, Mario felt slightly disappointed and the Calypsonian
scrached his head. Then, all of a sudden, Gavitt lit up, told Mario to
wait right there, turned around and went back in the house. After a few
minutes Gavitt reappeared at the gate with a smile on his face, a
cassette in his hand and added: "Tres mil quiniento Colones." Though
Mario didn't have a cassette player at the time, he thanked Gavitt and
bought the tape straight away... It is a fact, that after his first CD
was on the market in 2003, Don Walter stopped recording cassettes and
sold CDs instead, so Mario's tape may well be the very last of his
unique self-recorded tapes that the Calypso King ever sold on his
Photo of Don Walter 2002 by Mario Chacón
We all agreed that this day at the Studio "Eclipse" in Turrialba shows exactly how the magic of Walter Ferguson works: people get moved by his music, and when they really start to love and care, they eventually want to give something back. So more and more people are joining the Tape hunt, all for the love of music and the immense respect for Mr. Gavitt.
As the digitalization and evaluation of those 5 tapes will take some time - please stay tuned for more news on this.