Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Andy Palacio

Andy Palacio is a singer-songwriter from Belize who, with his Garifuna Collective, is crusading to save the threatened music and culture of a tribal people along the Atlantic coast of Central America. The Garifuna are a melting-pot population ethnically descended from native and African ancestors whom British colonizers referred to as "Black Carib."

Today, there are close to a half million Garifunas in the Caribbean, United States and Central America, but with each generation a bit of their heritage wears away. Now a Creole English is spoken by Garifunas in Belize, and American pop culture influences young Garifunas who migrate in large numbers to the United States and other countries for a better economic life.
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