Garifuna are a people descendant of West African slaves living in the Caribbean, mostly in Nicaragua, Honduras and Belize. Palacio, their harbinger of culture, was not “just” the most beloved Belizean artist, but also a cultural ambassador and head of the National Institute of Culture and History. After his passing, he left behind the Garifuna Collective, the most important music ensemble of Belize.
Their critically acclaimed album Watina (Cumbancha) became one of the milestones of Caribbean music. It should therefore come as no surprise that UNESCO recognized the language, dance and music of the Garifuna people as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
The ensemble joins hundreds of years’ worth of Garifuna traditions, the Umalali women singers, and modern dance rhythms and fiery passion to bring you one of the best Afro-Caribbean parties that will have you jumping to your feet. Just the kind of party we love the most at Jazz Lent!
Chela Torres, Lead Vocals and Percussion
Mohobub Flores, Lead Vocals and Turtle Shells
Sheldon Petillo, Lead Vocals
Rolando “Chichiman” Sosa, Vocals and Maracas
Tyrone Kelly Usher, Bass
Al Ovando, Rhythm Guitar
Sam Harris, Lead Guitar
Denmark Flores, Lead Garifuna Drum
Keenan Sabal, Segunda Garifuna Drum and Jankunu Dancer