(Version en Español aquí)
This is the case of the hottest new Latin Musical group,” El Combo Style,” from my home country, Costa Rica. Really, just keep doing what you’re doing and share your talent with the world!
I love a good cause, and for me, people with artistic talent, dedication and humility are always a good cause.
The first time I heard this group, was in some studio recordings from the University of Costa Rica.
Even though the quality was not the best, I saw, felt and most importantly heard, the talent of this very tight and charismatic band.
David Mendez who plays trombone and maracas, (blind since early childhood) and David Jimenez (singer-guitarist) are part of the backbone of this band. D. Jimenez writes all the songs and lyrics and D. Mendez along with Gerson Rodriguez on keyboard make all the musical arrangements for the music the band plays ( 100% original music) . They are focused, dedicated and just plain GOOD. I promise if there is any life left in you, even if you are 95, you will be moved to get up and DANCE when they start to play! They have put together an eight- piece band, that from the first bar, will entice you to get up, wiggle your bod and just move to the catchy and hypnotic “Ritmo Tropical” (Tropical Rhythm)
I know these musicians personally, and when I heard their first recordings, I started to get excited. It’s exciting to know that a group you know and care about, maybe now only needs a little luck to break out and become very well known not only nationally but hopefully internationally. This is their case. They need some luck, good promotions and people who believe in them. I think Nat and I fall into this last case. I put a few of their songs on my stream at Kari’s Bar and Dance, and invited Nat and Joey to dance with me
and they both fell in love with the rhythm, the tight arrangements, and the very addictive Latin beat and feel. It only took Nat and I a few minutes to realize that we WANTED to help them, by making a machinima using their brand new, first time, professional recording. When I asked them permission for their music, they gave me/us full permission to do it as we saw fit, so we chose two songs off their new CD, entitled, “Curandero”and combined them in Randt and Hoisan’s very first DANCE VIDEO (collaboration #16:)
The musicians from the Combo Style are:
David Méndez Camacho-Trombone-maracas
David Jiménez Vargas- Vocalist-Guitar
Ariel Soto -Drums
Luis Hernandez Gil- Percussion
Andrés Alas- Flute-Percussion
Gerson Rodriguez – Keyboard
Julian Jiménez – Bass
Thank you all for sharing your music with us personally and with the world!!
We put out a “cattle call” for gorgeous dancing extras and old friends and new alike showed up to Salsa/Lindy Hop/ Bar-tend.. whatever we needed:)
I want to thank each and every one for their patience and willingness to dance for hours until we got the shots we needed! Big hugs and sincere thank-yous to all!
Dale Innis : New York, USA
Joey (joeytwoshoes) : Germany
Amira Kevoli (amirakevoli) : Florida, USA
Anje Aichi: Boston, USA
Odracir Wrigglesworth: Boston, USA
Henri Godenot: Alaska, USA
Amiata: Costa Rica
Shepp (shepphard.galbraith) New Zealand
Maria Vought : UK
DzinWiz Babii-Avro: Nebraska, USA
Gamma Infinity : Arizona, USA
Shesa Quandry: New York City, USA
Soto Hax : Canada
Jeykob Moyet : Puerto Rico
Feanor DeCuir : Germany
Natascha Randt : Germany
Karima Hoisan : Costa Rica
*A special thanks to Poett for letting us use her RL footage of the band at a live show.
For Nat and I, this is another labor of love; done because we wanted to, in the hopes of maybe helping a bit to get the word out about this great up and coming group. This might be a Virtual World First, where a Real Life group entrusts their brand new CD to a couple of Machinima makers from Second Life to see what they can do with it. Thank you so much to all the members of the group for doing this and for believing in us. We believe in you and hope we can get thousands of views for you too!
So dear friends and readers, if you enjoy the film and the music, please share it on all your social media connections. Best viewed full screen in HD (1080p)
Let’s help “The Combo Style” take off…. all the way to SUCCESS!!