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Pato Banton Lit Up the “Tropi”!

By Irina Guzman

At the height of Easter Weekend with Nosara more packed than ever with national tourists, the evening of Saturday, April 7th, the local discoteque, the Tropicana, surprised everyone with the presence of international reggae artist and performer Pato Banton

Born in England during the 60’s, Pato, who has an extensive musical resume, produced record material with renowned artists like Sting and UB40, among others, identifying himself in the country with one of his greatest hits, “Go Pato.”  

The doors opened at 10 p.m. with reggae music and dance hall under the direction of DJ Selecta Tin I (Samara), who had the difficult task of warming up the dance floor while at the same time harmonizing the anticipation for the evening’s special guest.

Outside of the Tropicana, many people were waiting for the entrance price to be reduced.  At midnight, entrance was 5,000 colones ($10), much more accessible than the original 25,000 colones ($50) and the 10,000 colones ($20) of the final week of ticket sales. With this price and more people already interested in the show, many decided to enter and join the reggae party.  

The national band Unity captured the public’s attention, opening the event for reggae singer Noah from Puerto Viejo of Limon.  Noah only sang for 30 minutes, but this was enough time to get people dancing. 

Next, the artist from the United States, White Abbott, took over and infected the scene with good vibes. With Abbott and his white rastas, the energy was rising and everything was ready for Pato. 

At 1 a.m. sharp, Pato Banton appeared on the scene and got all the lovers of good reggae to dance and hum his songs. But the magic only lasted for an hour and wasn’t enough for the feverish fans. 

The public was building up to shout “Another!” but in that instant they saw Pato leave the scene with letting them get out one single shout. Not one more song. Pato (“Duck”) flew away. 

Despite the disappointment of fans, the concert was enjoyed to the max while it lasted, and Pato bid farewell, leaving his message of love and peace among all the brothers of reggae. 

Pato Baton
White Abbot


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An audio-visual journey took place at the Costa Rica Yoga Spa at their outdoor studio perched on the side of a mountain overlooking Nosara, on April 4. The experience featured guitarists, Bill McPherson, Chris Scott and Edger Sequeira as well as visuals by Ray Moss.

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During the month of February, VON accepted entries to our first writing contest with famous writer Clive Matson as judge. We are pleased to present the winning poem by Karla Duarte of Nicoya.

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At the height of summer, fiestas will begin in Garza beach beginning Friday, the 20th, until Monday, the 23rd of April. And this time there will be a pageant! On Saturday, the April 7th, the presentation of candidates will take place in Barco del amor (the love boat) in Garza at 7 p.m., during which music and food can be enjoyed. 

Samara to Host Reggae Star Richie Spice

Jamaican reggae star, Richie Spice will be bringing his brand of uplifting reggae to Tabanuco Bar in Samara on May 6. He will be touring through Costa Rica as part of a larger tour in support of his seventh album, ‘Book of Job.’


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