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Andy Palacio and the Garifuna

1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 09 February 2002

Once a year the small town of Dangriga in Belize erupts in noisy celebration as the Garifuna people re-enact the original arrival of their ancestors on the coasts of Central America.

On Settlement Day all the festivities - even the Catholic Mass - resound to traditional Garifuna drum rhythms and singing. Accompanied by Belize's biggest star, the Garifuna singer Andy Palacio, Lucy Duran discovers how the music of the Garifuna forms an integral part of their unique yet fragile culture.

Music and featured items

19 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • The festivities of Settlement Day.

    Lucy Duran with Belize’s biggest star Andy Palacio in the festivities of Settlement Day.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Garifuna tradition

      Garifuna tradition "Bird" and his group

  • Settlement Day Parties.

    Lucy with the people who are getting ready for the parties celebrating Settlement Day.

  • Music Played

    • Image for “Bird” and his group:

      “Bird” and his group: Garifuna tradition drumming/singing

  • Andy Palacio, Belize’s big star.

    Andy Palacio, Belize’s biggest star with Lucy at the Garifuna women’s street celebrations.

  • Legendary composer Paul Nabor.

    Andy Palacio takes Lucy to meet Belize’s Garifuna legendary composer Paul Nabor.

  • Music Played

  • Paul Nabor's house.

    Lucy visits the house of legendary Garifuna composer Paul Nabor.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Paul Nabor  and group

      Paul Nabor and group Song about a drowned man

  • “Stonetree” record label.

    Lucy tells the story of the local label “Stonetree”

  • Music Played

  • Traditional ritual drumming.

    Lucy at the Garifuna beach village Hopkins, listening to traditional ritual drumming.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Agustin and group

      Agustin and group Hugu Hugu drumming/singing

  • Re-enactment ceremony.

    Lucy wakes at dawn to see the re-enactment ceremony of the Garifuna settlement.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Dangriga’s residents during town procession

      Dangriga’s residents during town procession Traditional Garifuna

  • Lucy at the catholic church.

    Lucy at the catholic church where the Garifuna religion and Christianity blend.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Chuch choir/congregation in Dangriga

      Chuch choir/congregation in Dangriga 2 Garifuna Hymns

  • Parade turns into a big party.

    The parade turns into a big party ending with an evening bash.

  • Music Played


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