Battle of the Drums 2010

Another year of outstanding Garifuna drumming, singing, dancing and poetry. My appreciation goes out to all those who preformed. It was a fantastic night of great entertainment with drummers and dancers from across Belize and Beyond. Entertainers from Dangriga, Seine Bight, Georgetown, Hopkins, Barranco, Punta Gorda, Guatemala and Honduras all took to the stage.

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We also got to hear poetry performed by Placencia’s own Raquel Battle accompanied by an incredible solo drummer, Joshua Arana.

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For me this year one of the highlights of the night was a performance by students of Galen University that hail from across the globe. Credit must be given once again to Master Drum Instructor Joshua Arana for his dedication to Garifuna drumming. Check out this instructional DVD

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And finally congratulations goes out to the top 3, Hopkins, Seine Bight and Barranco, who took the win once again.

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Gales Point Christmas Bram

Took a trip to Gales Point Yesterday in the hope of hearing some good drumming and experiencing a traditional Creole Christmas Bram. I was not disappointed. It was a great day filled with the spirit of community. The drumming started at one end (pine ridge) of the village in the early afternoon at this home.

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Then we headed down the road.

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To the next house.

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And out came the fork and coconut grater.

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Followed by the pig tail bucket.

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Followed by the Fanta bottle.

And at each stop the villagers brought out and shared Christmas cake, home made rum popo and rum.

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A few more songs and off to the next house. The crowd got larger and larger.

Gales Point, Belize

Gales Point, Belize

Gales Point, Belize

Finally ending with the sambai as the darkness of the night drew in.

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We left at 7pm and the party was rocking and I can only imagine would go on well into the night. It was a great day and could well become an annual tradition for my family. Will plan for an over night next year.

Battle of the Drums

I am so happy that I got to make the trip to Punta Gorda to see Battle of the Drums. Drummers from Barranco, Seine Bight, Dangriga, Belize City, Livingston and Honduras put on a great show along with their dancers. It would definitely be an added plus to understand the language but the dancers did an awesome job of telling the story with their acting. It was like being at the theater.
Battle of the drums

Battle of the drums

Battle of the drums

Battle of the drums