From Bakabush, The First Ten Years Of Stonetree (Stonetree, 2005)
If you heard about Garifuna music, but do not know how to get started, listen to this fabulous compilation by Belizean label records. The Garifuna, a mix of descendants of African slaves and indigenous Americans, are spread throughout Belize, Honduras and the eastern coast of Guatemala. They use a combination African-rooted drums and percussion, guitars and other instruments. Their music is a mix of rhythms with roots in Africa, Latin music and lyrics in Spanish and English.
From Bakabush features various generations of Garifuna musicians, including the still energetic Leroy Young, one of the great elders of Garifuna music, as well as some of the stars of the younger generation, like Andy Palacio and Aurelio Martínez, who are preserving the roots of this remarkable music.
The CD booklet includes biographies and color photos of the biggest names in current Garifuna music.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.