RARO 16: Nochi

By 03 July, 2021

André Campos Romero is a musician and producer from San José, Costa Rica, known best under the moniker Nochi. Besides producing and performing, the Costa Rican is also co-founder of Deep Underground Beats, an Artist Agency based in San Jose that, during its 11-year existence, has tirelessly pushed CR’s unique and multifarious electronic sounds. Performing live and blending acoustic instrumentation within his DJ sets, scene linchpin Nochi weaves distinct musical genres, stretching towards a singular yet comprehensive Latin American roots sound. Within the spectrum of Nochi’s multicoloured music, one might hear shades of cumbia and footwork, dub and deep-tech, traditional African rhythms and native Latin dance tradition. For today’s Raro Mixtape, though, Romero presents an hour rooted in calipso.

“This mix is a selection of several Calipso artists from Costa Rica that I admire such as Kawe Calypso, Walter Ferguson, Leche de Coco, Harold George among others, as well as different Afro-Latin rhythms from the region. A mix of contemporary electronic sounds with a great artistic influence from different parts of the world. I hope enjoy the session. =)”


Harold George Belafonte – Banana
Leonardo Hadden Maxfarlane – Natty Flee
Leche de Coco – City
Nochi – Rumba en Cahuita – Homenaje Walter Ferguson
Kawe Calypso – Segundo
Calypso Rose meets Batida – No Madame
Colombiafrica & Louis Towers – Mama Africa (Umoja Remix – Long Guitar Version)
Naafi – Tototo (Siete Catorce Remix)
Nidia – Tarraxo Do Guetto
Nochi – Meneo Chantuelle
Stas – Acriançado – Stanislove
Orieta Chrem – De Los Andes
DJ LILOCOX & DJ MABOKU – Viemos Do Congo – Malucos De Raiz
Blacksea Nao Maya & DJ Kolt – Obscuro

This mix series plays on the Hispanic and Lusophone homonym, “Raro”. “Raro” holds two meanings in Spanish and Portuguese: “rare” and also “strange”. Sounds & Colours’ Raro Series is a crate-diggers’ mix series which embraces both meanings. Over the course of on hour, our guest DJ will delve into Latin America’s unknown, underappreciated and unbelievable music and reveal its hidden gems.

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