“What instruments do you play, Coati? And which do you specialize in?”
Mundi's answer: “I play piano, flute, percussion, vibraphones, kazoo, and the big h2O Bottle. My main instrument is vibraphones. I am also now learning steel guitar from Élan Polushko (aka E-Love) who is my co-producer and co-composer on the record. He is a rough teacher so I am thinking just buying a book and home school myself like I did for the other instruments.”
Mundi's Answer: “Great question. My dad Cruz (RIP) would always give me consejos (advice). He would say "Palante como un elefante y durante el camino de lucha siga bailando hasta que llegue la paz". The basic spirit of translation: "Go straight ahead strong like an elephant and in the face of struggle just dance until the moment of peace arrives." This inspired the title of the record. "The Land of Boo-Hoo" is that place outside or in, real or imagined, visible or hidden where difficulties, sadness, hopelessness or helplessness seem to be the order of the day. When I think of the word "cabana" I get a warm pleasant feeling. Images of the beach or a beautiful Tropical Island pay me a visit. Thus the "Cabana Code" symbolizes the key or the solution or the way to free oneself from a place of darkness.
The cover of his album takes us back to another of his associations. The one with Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band who gave us early modern-era classic dance hits and bed music for early hip hop tracks that used “Sunflower” or snippets of “Cherchez La Femme." And so once again I posed Coati a question about that experience to which he replied: “Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band where I was then known as Sugarcoated Andy. Great song [Cherchez] composed by Stony Browder, Jr. and August Darnell aka Kid Creole. The intoxicating Cory Daye on lead vocals. You know the intro of the song is borrowed from the classic swing song era song: “ Whispering." I learned a lot from Stony, August and Cory. I played vibraphones, percussion and helped to arrange the rhythm section with vocal chants. Most importantly I was the social worker who kept the peace among feuding factions. Being in that band was like going to a special needs school or something. It was a trip that eventually will be detailed in my memoir book I am writing."
Mundi's Answer: “After Savannah Band this was our next pearl. I took on the Coati Mundi persona and been competing with an animal ever since our search for engine supremacy. I co-founded the band with August Darnell aka Kid Creole and Adriana Kaegi aka Dear Addy. I served as co-leader, musical director, second lead male vocalist, studio arrangements, live show orchestrations, and composed some of the songs and played various instruments (piano, vibraphones, percussion, flute, hand claps and monkey wrench).”
“During the course of researching you for this article, I came across some of your old YouTube videos. The one for "Mo Pop I" is wild, what year was it shot?”
Mundi's Answer: “You said a mouthful. I almost got into a couple of fights doing this video. Some people actually became upset when I would sneak up on them with my antics. I do not recommend others doing this. It can be very dangerous. It was done in 1981 and directed by Ed Steinberg. I basically told Ed just roll the cameras and let me go guerrilla. I had a ball. It is so much fun being shameless. I probably will also do something like this for my next video, so beware.”
“LOL How long did it take?”