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Tico musician ‘Tapado’ Vargas debuts song, video co-written with pop superstar Alanis Morissette

June 4, 2015

Pop icon Alanis Morissette teamed up with Costa Rican percussionist and Latin Grammy winner Carlos ‘Tapado” Vargas to release over the weekend the song “The Morning,” along with an accompanying video recorded for the upcoming documentary “A Small Section of the World,” scheduled to premiere at DOC NYC Festival on Nov. 14 before its release in theaters in December.

The documentary tells the story of a group of Costa Rican women from Biolley (ASOMOBI), a rural area in the southern Pacific canton of Buenos Aires, whose ideas sparked a revolution in the coffee growing world.

“After a crisis, the men of the village left in search of work and the women came together to imagine a different future for themselves, their families and their community by building their own coffee mill. They are the first women’s run micro-mill in their country,” the documentary’s official website states.

See the trailer for “A Small Section of the World”:

Vargas, a member of the renowned Costa Rican bands Editus and Malpaís, co-wrote the song for the documentary and recorded with 16 Costa Rican musicians, including Editus’ Edín Solís. He used coffee beans and other tools used in coffee processing to create percussive elements for the track.

The song was commissioned by Italian coffee giant Illy and is now available for purchase on iTunes.

“By downloading ‘The Morning,’ you are helping to enrich the lives of women looking to educate and empower themselves in the world of coffee,” a message posted on the documentary’s website states. “Proceeds from every song purchase are matched by the Ernesto Illy Foundation and then go directly towards providing scholarships for women around the world to earn a master’s degree in coffee and economic sciences and expanding the programs available to women,” the message adds.

“I just basically live for the feminine being and beauty — really talking about it and extolling the virtues of the feminine being celebrated in men and women alike,” Morissette told entertainment magazine The Hollywood Reporter, referring to the collaboration.

Directed by Lesley Chilcott, producer of renowned documentaries such as “Waiting for Superman,” and “An Inconvenient Truth,” “A Small Section of the World” will open in U.S. theaters on Dec. 5.

Recommended: Teaching pride in rural living

Watch a video clip for Alanis Morissette’s “The Morning,” featuring Costa Rican percussionist Tapado Vargas:

 

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