Musicians around the world have used different music-makers to add more depth to their sound. Grammy winner Alanis Morissette, who has collaborated with musicians like Ringo Starr and the Dave Matthews Band, has decided to use coffee grains for her newest song.
Morissette teamed up with renowned Costa Rican musician Carlos “Tapado” Vargas to use coffee beans and other machinery used in producing coffee to create the percussion elements for “The Morning,” a new song inspired by female coffee producers in Costa Rica.
The new track is part of the upcoming documentary “A Small Section of the World” that focuses on the Asociacion de Mujeres Organizadas de Biolley (ASOMOBI) and the women of a small Costa Rican town who are vital to the global coffee industry.
“I think they (producers Nick Davidge and Dominic Sandifer) were trying to see who might lend the voice and sing through the hearts and minds and soul of these women in Costa Rica, to tell their story and articulate something that might be a little challenging to articulate,” Morissette told The Hollywood Reporter, who exclusively premiere the music video. “I was flattered that they saw me as the kind of person that can really get inside another person’s experience and capacity, and articulate it for them as I could. It was an honor.”
Morissette said she had intended to meet some of the women profiled in the documentary, but instead they ended up speaking via Skype. She and Vargas did meet in person and worked together on the song, though.
“Working with Tapado was easy. We had a shorthand, and even though there was the translation challenge for us with speaking different languages, it was quite easy because in our own way we just kind of finished each other’s sentences,” she said.
The singer told THR that the song and video are telling the “subtle details of how women are every day.”
“These women were built to serve; they’re built to fortify the bond of a village, of a community, of a family,” Morissette said. “So much of their intention behind this was to find ways to create income for their village to the point where people and family members wouldn’t have to leave in order to bring home the proverbial bacon.”
“A Small Section of the World” opens in Los Angeles on Dec. 5 and New York on Dec. 19. It will also be available on demand beginning Dec. 16.