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Andy Palacio and the Garifuna

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.

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.

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  • The festivities of Settlement Day.

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

    Duration: 03:40

  • Music Played

    • Garifuna tradition

      "Bird" and his group

  • Settlement Day Parties.

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

    Duration: 07:28

  • Music Played

    • “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.

    Duration: 04:10

  • Legendary composer Paul Nabor.

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

    Duration: 04:21

  • Music Played

    • Andy Palacio

      Nabby

  • Paul Nabor's house.

    Lucy visits the house of legendary Garifuna composer Paul Nabor.

    Duration: 05:38

  • Music Played

    • Paul Nabor and group

      Song about a drowned man

  • “Stonetree” record label.

    Lucy tells the story of the local label “Stonetree”

    Duration: 06:31

  • Music Played

    • Adrian Martinez

      Hugu-hugu praise song

  • Traditional ritual drumming.

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

    Duration: 05:38

  • Music Played

    • Agustin and group

      Hugu Hugu drumming/singing

  • Re-enactment ceremony.

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

    Duration: 10:36

  • Music Played

    • 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.

    Duration: 06:53

  • Music Played

    • 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.

    Duration: 02:07

  • Music Played

    • Andy Palacio

      Till da Mawning

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