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Hanging in Lincoln, Nebraska

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In between one festival and another we stopped in Lincoln, Nebraska.   On the next Buena Onda stopped by the Beer Fest at "The Bay", which includes a skatepark and a clothing store. They also support the non-profit organization "Skate for Change" (SFC), which is dedicated to youth empowerment and helping communities through action.

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This Café has a charming atmosphere and probably the best coffee you can find around Lincoln.  Make sure to visit!  We thought it was the perfect setting for our one of a kind Buena Onda Mochilas. 

New Buena Onda Shirts!

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Alan is hard at work on the printing press. 

Alan is hard at work on the printing press. 

 After finishing up Memphis in May we hit the road to Little Rock Arkansas to work on some new products.  We met up with our good buddies at Country Deep to print new Buena Onda shirts.  Check them out now on our Instagram!  And be sure to look for all our handmade colombian products at all major music festivals this summer.

Neons are back! 

Neons are back! 

New Adventures

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Buena Onda is always on the search for new artisans to collaborate with, but it isn't always easy.  We want to make sure that our work is having an impact on the community of artisans as well as the individuals who purchase our products.  

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Most recently our search took us to Morocco for new and exciting leather products handmade by the local Moroccan Berbers.    To learn more join our mailing list!

New Moroccan Products

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We have decided to take a step towards adding new artisans in different countries.  So we are proud to reveal our new partnership with Moroccan artisans.  These products are completely hand made but are made using leather unlike the Wayuu People that only work with cotton.  The products will be up online soon so be sure to check back this week! 

The streets of Chefchaouen. 

The streets of Chefchaouen. 

Handmade Buena Onda Guitar Straps

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Buena Onda has the coolest guitar straps on the market.  They are completely handmade and fair-trade.  Thanks to the amazing artisans at Buena Onda all of our straps are completely one of a kind.  The leather attachments are added later on at our headquarters in North Platte, Nebraska.

We would also like to give a special shout out to Kevin Kennedy iii for modeling this guitar strap for the Buena Onda.  You can hear his music online or watch his videos at www.youtube.com/kevstalent.

Buena Onda is in the Spotlight

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Kevin Kennedy iii just released his fourth music video single, Heat of Alabama, from my debut album Umami. The song was recorded in at the Brewery Recording Studio in Brooklyn, NY.  Heat of Alabama is a beachy mix of country story telling and hip hop beats which lyrically take place at the Gulf Shore. 

The music video was shot at the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, AL during the 2015 and 2016 events. I am also an advocate for the Buena Onda company (www.thebuenaonda.com) which uses social enterprise to bring love, community ties, and empowerment to the Wayuu People of Colombia. In the video you can see a large assortment of Wayuu products, plus you get a sneak peek on what it takes to run a merchandise booth at a festival. Buena Onda actually sold at over 9 major music festivals across the USA this year so this video was a perfect opportunity to spotlight the brand.   

Autumn is Here

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Autumn is here, so you know what that means?  Scarves and fanny packs brought to you by Buena Onda!  This year we have a wide selection of different styles and colors for you to choose.  Are you dreading having to lug around a large bag this fall?  Don't worry we have you covered just check out our awesome fanny packs that we have made in collaboration with the Beau and Ro company.  

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Amelia's Wayuu Mochila

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Let's do something fun here!  Amelia is explaining the significance of this Wayuu Mochila.  Normally, we would translate this for you, but today we want to allow our supporters to translate it.  The best part is:  The first person to share and comment on this video with the complete translation into english will win a Wayuu Mochila!  You must be in the USA to win.

Where in the World

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It is our mission at Buena Onda to bring the Wayuu every corner of the globe.  Today I am in Cologne exploring the city and looking for people to partner with in order to get our story out to the masses.  If you know of any shop or business that would be interested in carrying the Buena Onda brand please drop us an email!

Firefly Festival

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Firefly was a magical festival in Dover, Delaware.   Buena Onda arrived early on the first day and split the booth with our good friend Sultana and her Jewelry Company - Sultana Maria Jewelry.  It was such a happy and joyous experience, especially since we ran the Buena Onda open mic right out of our vending space.  People ended up loving this idea and during the course of the weekend we had over 30 participants.  Check out the videos below to see all of our amazing new friends playing!

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Shaky Knees Festival

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Shaky Knees Festival was an awesome experience this year.  The Buena Onda crew had such a wonderful time sharing the Wayuu story, making new friends, and listening to some awesome music!!!

Kevin Kennedy iii playing a quick set a the Buena Onda booth.

Kevin Kennedy iii playing a quick set a the Buena Onda booth.

Kevin Kennedy iii even stopped by to play a few songs off his new album "Umami."  You can check out his album at www.kevinkennedyiii.com.  

Moroccan Adventures

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Buena Onda is looking for some inspiration in Morocco.  In the Le Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech.  The design and architecture in this culture is so amazing.  Stay tuned for more awesome photos from Buena Onda and the Wayuu People.  

Le Jardin Majorelle and Buena Onda

Le Jardin Majorelle and Buena Onda

Buena Adventures

Buena Adventures

Fresh T's

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Buena Onda has the freshest t's for this upcoming festival season.  Each pocket is handmade and one of a kind, which means your t-shirt was made just for you.  Not to mention each t-shirt you purchase helps employee a Wayuu Family in Colombia.  Don't miss out on this limited time offer! Shoot us an email to special order yours!

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Buena Onda Cowboys

Black Friday is Here!!!

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Oh yeah!!! Black Friday is here!  Are you stressed about the holiday season, have no fear because Buena Onda is here.  We are looking to help make your holiday shopping easy this year by providing amazing handmade products from the Wayuu People of Colombia.  Everything we sell is fair-trade and one of a kind.  The best part is we work directly with each Wayuu Family.

Heaven Fest

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Are you in Colorado this weekend?  Be sure to check out Heaven Fest at the Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, CO.  It is going to be an amazing weekend, so be sure to stop by the Buena Onda booth!  

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We've been everywhere, man (Festival Life)

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"I've been everywhere, man. I've been everywhere, man. Crossed the desert's bare, man. I've breathed the mountain air, man..."

Over the past few months, Buena Onda has been living a Johnny Cash song, criss-crossing the country showcasing the amazing Wayuu mochilas at a myriad of music festivals. Alabama, Arkansas, Washington, Michigan…I’ve been everywhere, man.  

On our journey, while sharing a slice of Wayuu culture with the western world, I received a crash-course in festival culture.

As a “Festie Virgin” I was greeted in open arms by savvy veterans, who were as eager to enlighten me about festival culture as they were to tell me about how bitchin’ that Phish set was at Bonaroo ’09 or about “that one time” at Burning Man…for the fifth time. 

Shaky Knees, Hangout, Sasquatch, Wakarusa, and Electric Forest: great music, better people -- people of all shapes and sizes, races and religions. Short, tall, strange and awesome, at these festivals, people are uninhibited by the constraints of reality. It’s both beautiful and shocking to a newcomer (I’ve seen some stuff, man - the type of stuff you can’t un-see *feverishly rips a cigarette*).  But here’s the thing: everyone is your friend, everyone looks out for one another, and everyone shares the collective goal of having as much fun as humanly possible. Moods are high and vibes are great. Everyone es buena onda, if you will…nudge nudge, wink wink. 

Using mochilas as our medium, we were able to impart a piece of Wayuu culture to curious concertgoers. This "mochila-medium" as I've been calling it since right now (better trademark that), allows us to share the plight of the Wayuu People. And our message did not fall on deaf ears, in fact, it resonated -- an amazing feat, really, given that many of our patrons were fresh off a face-melting dose of acid 120 decibels of Bassnectar.

At the end of the day, we made a lot of great friends, witnessed some incredible performances (Charles Bradley is the G.O.A.T.), and were able to connect the Wayuu with the western world. One mochila at a time.

Of travel (and porta-potties) I’ve had my share, man. I’ve been everywhere. 

 

Wakarusa Waterfall at Mulberry Mountain Arkansas
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Well, it's the verbal Herman Munster a.k.a. Chali 2na performing at Wakarusa. 

Well, it's the verbal Herman Munster a.k.a. Chali 2na performing at Wakarusa.