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Costa Rica: Call for Collaborative Christmas Video

Costa Rican online collective nosedecirlaerre.com which translates into “I can´t pronounce the R” has set out a call for participation from Costa Ricans and those familiar with their culture to create a collaborative video for Christmas. The campaign is called Uniting Ticos for Christmas and the requirements are quite simple: dancing in the Costa Rican style of “swing criollo” the popular end of the year song Jugo de Piña and saying something in Costa Rican slang, on video.

They have uploaded a sample video on YouTube as an invitation to all the Costa Ricans who can, to send in their videos before December 27th so they can put them together and publish the collaboration on the 30th, as a Christmas and New Year's present for the community.

For those who may not know, Jugo de Piña is a Mexican cumbia song by the Hermanos Vásquez which has become a Christmas staple in the end of the year festivities in Costa Rica. Cumbia or Swing Criollo is a Costa Rican dance that uses cumbia music with a skipping step, involved footwork and lots of turns. You can view a couple dancing Costa Rican swing in this video of a dance presentation:

Nosedecirlaerre's name plays on the fact that Costa Rican's unlike most of the Spanish speaking countries, don´t roll the R when they speak.

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