Belize

Cumbancha Records

The Garifuna live along the coastline of Central America, and are descendants of slaves brought to work in the sugar plantations in the Caribbean--Carib, Arawak, and West African people. They have a very distinct language and culture which they struggle to maintain. A few years ago, a Belizean singer named Andy Palacio released an album called “Watina.” The disc became a worldwide hit, with its beautiful rhythms and Palacio’s hypnotic voice. At age 47, he suffered a massive heart attack and...