Un Belize-able sounds

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

The Gar­i­fu­nas are com­ing. The story of Gar­i­funa cul­ture, as told by Andy Pala­cio and his col­lec­tive of mu­si­cians from Belize, goes back to a time of ship­wrecks and slav­ery.

Gar­i­funa cul­ture ar­rived in cen­tral Amer­ica when two slave ships sunk off the Caribbean is­land of St Vin­cent in 1635. The African sur­vivors went on to in­ter­min­gle with the na­tives and the Gar­i­funa cul­ture, mix­ing African and Caribbean tra­di­tions, was born.

Pala­cio and the Gar­i­funa Col­lec­tive, who recorded the Wátina album about this cul­ture which still ex­ists in pock­ets along cen­tral Amer­ica’s Caribbean coast, play Whe­lan’s, Dublin on June 15th.

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