Dispatches for the African Diaspora: Limon, Costa Rica

August 19, 2016 – Segment 2provinces-map

It’s our newest episode of Dispatches from Africa and the Diaspora, with a focus on Limón, Costa Rica. We talk with members of the Njo’ Abule Dance Company, who discuss the creation of the dance company and talk about their upcoming journey to Costa Rica, where they will perform at the Limón Roots Afro Cultural Festival. With: Tonia Toran, Founder of the Njo’abule African Dance Collective Of Baltimore; Marsha Greaves, dancer in the Njo’abule Dance African Dance Collective; and Brenda Brown, Lecturer of World History at Morgan State University who has over 20 years’ experience of African Dance performance.

We continue our focus on Limón as we discuss the history of Jamaican and Afro-Caribbean migration to Costa Rica, Marcus Garvey and the Black Star Line, and contemporary attitudes to Afro Caribbean culture in a Costa Rica. With: Dr. Delroy Barton, educator, activist and historian who began his teaching career in the 1950’s in the Talamanca Indigenous communities and served as head of the Planning Department of the Costa Rican Caribbean Regional Development; andNatasha Gordon, professor, writer and Founder of the Tengo Sed Writers Retreats