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March 9, 2021

Interview: Music for the people

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Since its inception the Garifuna Collective has consistently provided a uniquely rewarding experience – Garifuna music and dance performed by composers and musicians who push the boundaries of their dynamic, centuries-old musical traditions and make it accessible to a worldwide audience.

The Garifuna culture has such an incredible history. In your own words can you tell us a little about the things that have shaped your people?

Our African and Caribbean roots have shaped our people. We keep the ways and pride of our ancestors; they were strong and knew the importance of passing on to rising generations what has been learnt throughout life and its many journeys across time.

What does music mean for the Garifuna people and how important is it?

For our people, music is a way of life; sharing experiences, morals, passing down traditions and stories through the form of songs and chants. Many of our rhythms are lively, using the Garifuna drums, which bring us together to celebrate life. When conversation and all else fails music always prevails.

Is there a place that the Garifuna people consider their homeland?

Yurumei (The Garifuna/ indigenous name for St Vincent and Grenadines) is considered to be the homeland of the Garifuna people.

What was the vision that brought you all together? 

Continuing the work and legacy of Andy Palacio’s dream by keeping alive our traditions and preserving the Garifuna way of life.

What has been the most memorable moment working together at a concert or some other event?

In 2007, playing on the stage for the last time with Andy Palacio, how our people embraced him for his accomplishments, mission and humanitarian acts of peace, love and oneness. Every Garifuna person in Belize knew that this was the beginning of a whole new trail and things would never be the same.

What is the next big milestone for the Garifuna Collective? 

Perhaps to be an example to other indigenous artists to embrace and preserve the roots and teachings of their own ancestors, without hesitation.

What should we expect for your show in Mullumbimby? 

Our drums will create an atmosphere of celebration in total peace and togetherness. Rhythm, dance and soulful melodies. We can’t wait to perform in Australia. This is the farthest we have ever travelled to perform our music.

At Mullum Civic Hall on Thursday.

Tickets at www.redsquaremusic.com.au.

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  1. ???? I saw them at Mullum Civic Hall LAST THURSDAY 12th April…. I think you’ve got your dates mixed up?
    PS: They were really sensational, high energy and very heart warming.


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