Derek Walcott spoke tonight at 8, Junot Diaz tomorrow at 8.
Reception with Junot Díaz and Derek Walcott at 8 p.m. Friday.
Vaquero does his talk on the Haitian Revolution (in Spanish -- and if you know the history of the DR and Haiti's relations, this talk of the Haitian Revolution at all is revolutionary) at 7 on Friday. His music performance is scheduled at 9, in another venue, so we figure he may be poorly attended. Ah well, there it is.
Happiness is in effect, nevertheless, and now, declares Vaquero, it is time to search for the perfect mofongo, which will provide even more happiness (for him -- if I ate a mofongo, I'd never be able to eat again).
There's a new Vaquero in town (meaning the DR), by the way. Except he is a rapper and he spells it ViKaro.
The Vaquero business began when he was down here, recording some of what went on Cowboy Rumba, ("Ghost Riders in the Sky") and making the video that went with it. His name is difficult, if not impossible, for native Spanish speakers to say. It was just easier to tell everybody to call him Vaquero. So that's how he was introduced on the DR television programs and radio shows he was on back then -- Vaquero!