Thanks to a living room concert in front of 30 guests, Costa Rican artists got to show off their musical prowess for an international audience. Even though the two bands and pop star played for a private audience in a Santa Ana house their sets will be passed on through listeners around the world.
This is the concept introduced by Sofar Sounds, which allows up-and-coming talents to get discovered on an international level through YouTube recordings. Sofar has willing hosts sign up to put the bands in their houses. A local team films and produces the soon-to-be-viral videos. Based out of London, the platform has spread to 56 different cities, and each show is always played in an undisclosed home that requires prior invitation to attend.
Thursday the group of 30 invited guests gathered in the spacious, wide-ceiling living room in Santa Ana for three intimate performances, including Costa Rica’s musical starlet Debi Nova. Ms. Nova presented a few new songs from her new extended play, “Un día a la vez,” and even sang an unpublished song in English called “Emergency” alongside guitarist Ale Fdz.
The singer, whose smiley style ranges from easygoing folk to energetic rap, spends her days between Los Angeles and Costa Rica. Perhaps the nation’s biggest current name in the music industry, Ms. Nova has sang with a genre-diverse array of acclaimed musicians like Ricky Martin, will.i.am. of the Black Eyed Peas and jazz musician Boney James. She also played at this weekend’s free music festival, Festival Nacional Música Claro in Parque Sabana.
Before Ms. Nova took the floor, local funk band Infibeat played an inspired show that featured tracks from the album, “Aguacero.” Their comfortable mixture of saxophone- and trumpet-laden sounds traversed the plane from slow rhythms to rowdier dance beats.
The night’s final band, Síndrome de Estocolmo, was another young group sporting encouraging potential. Of the three performances, their set was the most rock-heavy with extended guitar riffs. Both of these talented acts regularly play local gigs as Síndrome de Estocolmo will headline the Teatro Metropolitano Thursday night and Infibeat is scheduled for a free Wednesday concert at the Universidad de Costa Rica.
Sofar producers said that there would be several more concerts held in San José throughout the year, although no specific dates have yet been released.