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The Garifunas are coming. The story of Garifuna culture, as told by Andy Palacio and his collective of musicians from Belize, goes back to a time of shipwrecks and slavery. Garifuna culture arrived in central America when two slave ships …

Fri, May 18, 2007, 10:27

   

The Garifunas are coming. The story of Garifuna culture, as told by Andy Palacio and his collective of musicians from Belize, goes back to a time of shipwrecks and slavery.

Garifuna culture arrived in central America when two slave ships sunk off the Caribbean island of St Vincent in 1635. The African survivors went on to intermingle with the natives and the Garifuna culture, mixing African and Caribbean traditions, was born.

Palacio and the Garifuna Collective, who recorded the Wátina album about this culture which still exists in pockets along central America’s Caribbean coast, play Whelan’s, Dublin on June 15th.