Earlier today, the fabulous Salsa band from Costa Rica – Son de Tikizia – premiered online its new song “Yo No Quiero Ser” (I Don’t Want To Be), written by Alfredo Poveda and directed by Walter Flores.
A SONG WITH A CAUSE
Aside from being the inspiration and work of excellent musicians, this song has a purpose. It’s part of a campaign launched to help the band’s conga player – Miguel Rojas Campos – who has been going through an ordeal that began with the pandemic and ended up in a horrible traffic accident.
It’s no secret that COVID seriously affected the work of musicians worldwide. With performances and clubs shut down, musicians had to find other sources of income to support their families. Rojas Campos decided to give Uber Eats a try and, with that in mind, bought himself a motorcycle. Unfortunately, that project was cut short on May 14, 2021, when he suffered a terrible traffic accident. Rojas Campos remained hospitalized for 95 days, fighting to keep a leg that became infected.
“Ayudemos a Migue” (Let’s help Migue) is the name of the campaign that starts today and will continue through the month of September. It intends to gather funds to help Rojas Campos and his family, since it’ll take more than a year for his body to heal.
YOU CAN HELP!
Readers in Costa Rica can donate to help Rojas Campos through Sinpe móvil 8397-4902 now and throughout the month of September.
It’s a bit trickier to help from outside the country, although not impossible. If any of you is willing to dar la mano, or extend a hand, as the song encourages, I have Rojas Campos Banco de Costa Rica’s account number. There’s also a way to send money through Western Union. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to give you the account numbers.
ABOUT SON DE TIKIZIA
This wonderful Costa Rican band has performed with the “cream” of Salsa; the likes of Rubén Blades, Cheo Feliciano, Ralph Irizarry, and Jimmy Bosch. It has filled up concert halls like Teatro B.B.King in New York and Costa Rica’s great pride – El Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica. This band was nominated for a Latin Grammy in the Best Tropical Album and Best Tropical Song categories for its album BOLERO. This is to say that whatever they do, it comes with a touch of gold.
You can click here to see a video of Rojas Campos’ accident captured by a security camera. The video is age-restricted and therefore can’t be posted here and is available only on YouTube.
A FEW WORDS (IN SPANISH) FROM ROJAS CAMPOS