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5 questions for a Costa Rican rapper – and an exclusive recording

The passion to empower others is what has driven the Costa Rican rapper Nakury to share her work with the world. Nakury, who was born...

5 questions for a Costa Rican musician: blind artist Gerardo Mora

Gerardo Mora overcame blindness, discrimination and alcoholism to pursue his dream as a musician. Here's his extraordinary story.

5 questions for a Costa Rican musician and photographer

The Tico Times chats with a dynamic duo of Costa Rican artists, musician Alexis Morales and photographer Ginette Venegas.

5 questions for Costa Rican DJ Esteban Howell

After spinning in music venues across the Central America and Mexico, Howell founded a school dedicated to training Costa Rica's next generation of electronic music DJs.

5 questions for Costa Rican blues musician Jose Ramírez

Jose Ramírez built a name for himself in Costa Rica's blues scene; now he has traveled to the United States to take his career to the next level.

5 questions for Costa Rican actor and musician Javier Leñero

Costa Rican actor-musician Javier Leñero steps into our Weekend Arts Spotlight to discuss what inspires him – and how his characters sometimes take over.

5 questions for a Costa Rican filmmaker – ‘I’m hungry to make movies’

In just a year and half, the Costa Rican filmmaker has already made two short films - the first of which, "Zafiro," will be featured at the Shnit Festival here in Costa Rica in October, and later at the PNR Film Festival in Madrid - and is preparing to produce his first feature.

‘Music has given me everything’ – a chat with a rising talent

"My life revolves around music. I wake up, brush my teeth and play the trumpet," says Desamparados-born musician Esteban González. Sit in on his conversation with The Tico Times.

Super Mambo, featuring Costa Rican vibraphonist Felipe Fournier, pays tribute to Tito Puente at New York City Blue Note Jazz Festival

The entire club is soon bouncing to the rhythms and melodies of the music, a mix of standards such as Tito Puente’s “Five Beat Mambo” and “Confucius Mambo,” and originals such as Fournier’s “Vibes Bolero” and “Una de cal.” Super Mambo is paying tribute to percussionist Tito Puente, who was not just the King of Timbales, but also a sophisticated vibraphonist as well.

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