Black Nicaragua: Bluefields Sound Documentary

May 26, 2010

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton


What do pirates, Iran-Contra and reggae music have in common? A Caribbean coastal town in Nicaragua called Bluefields, apparently. Our intrepid Miami correspondent Walshy Fire just put us up on the following clip, which appears to be a trailer for a forthcoming documentary on Bluefields and it’s quest to start a proper Jamaica-style soundsystem as a forum for local deejays like Kali Boom. Like a lot of artists making reggae in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, Kali’s style seems to be trapped in some kind of Chaka Demus & Pliers timewarp, although in this case that’s definitely not a bad thing. Check the trailer and judge for yourself, and learn a little Caribbean history in the process: