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Wolaba is the local term for the area surrounding Puerto Viejo, in Limon Provence, on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Recognizing its strong but unique Jamaican heritage, a new visitor might think they’ve teleported from Costa Rica to the beaches of Negril. Rice and peas, patties, fresh sugarcane, Jamaican patois and reggae music are all a part of daily life in Wolaba.
Wolaba Vibes: The Costa Rica Sessions
Release Date: May 24, 2019
Label: Costa Rebel Studio
Copyright: 2019 Costa Rebel Studio
Total Length: 20:14
Total Tracks: 6
In 2016, Bobby Hustle was on a small two-week, promotional tour of Costa Rica for his debut album, ‘It’s The Hustle’. Unbeknownst to him, Wolaba would become his home for over a year. The day after his performance in Puerto Viejo, the car Bobby was traveling in was stopped at a checkpoint for a routine search by Police. All of sudden, the cops yelled, “manos arriba!!” and pulled out a vacuum-sealed pound of marijuana. All three of the occupants in the car were arrested immediately and brought to a holding center in the port city Limon. Bobby spent four days in a Limon cell before a convincing public defender was able to negotiate his release. He surrendered his cellphone, his wallet, and his passport to ensure he wouldn’t be a flight risk, but at least Bobby was out in the streets. The arraignment judge freed him on the condition that he stay in Puerto Viejo and sign in with the court weekly while awaiting his eventual charges and trial. Bobby found himself trapped in the paradise that is Wolaba…
Wolaba Vibes: The Costa Rica Sessions is a collection of songs Bobby Hustle wrote and recorded while awaiting trial in Costa Rica. Featuring exclusive production from the Costa Rican musical stalwart Costa Rebel, this six-track EP traverses the reggae world. Bobby included a few of his friends from the Costa Rican reggae scene, so English and Spanish converse back and forth throughout the project.
Any lover of modern roots reggae, of music with a message in the lyrics, will appreciate Wolaba Vibes: The Costa Rica Sessions.
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