Marfil is a Costa Rican music group.
- Isidor Asash - director and guitarist
- Roberto Moscoa - percussionist and trumpeter
- Rogelio Royes - vocalist
- Omar Gauna - vocalist
- Orlando Quezada - bass
- Ricardo Espinach - drums
- Armando Conejo - keyboard
- Jose Hernandez - guitarist
The group's main records are "Celebrando", "Amuletos" and "Que no paren". They have toured in Europe, Latin America and the United States.
Marfil was founded in the Atlantic port town of Puerto Limon on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Puerto Limon is known for its Jamaican ancestry and reggae rhythms which had a direct influence on the sound of the band. Their sound blends reggae, soca, soul, and jazz.
In the 1980s, Marfil's greatest hit was "Represento", (I Represent), a salsa tune that was composed by the Puerto Rican songwriter Lou Briel, and that the group converted into cumbia. Since the late 1980s there has been a dispute about the author's rights of the song. Some people in Costa Rica think that "Represento" was composed by one of the members of Marfil, even though the song is registered under Lou Briel's name in the Library of Congress, and in the "Composer's and Editor's of Latin American Music Association", ACEMLA (Asociación de Compositores y Editores de Música Latinoamericana). It is still being disputed.
Marfil means 'Ivory', in Spanish.
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