It’s that time of year once again, when the airwaves are flooded with drumming and punta music. November 19th will be observed on Monday for Garifuna Settlement Day and with it, all the celebration of the culture and music. November 19th has been celebrated as Settlement Day since the first Garifuna came to Belize in 1832.
This year, due to lack of financing, the re-enactment of the landing of the Garifuna will not be done at the Banquitas House of Culture. In its place, the Banquitas House of Culture has set up an historical display commemorating the day. We will highlight that exhibit in tomorrow’s newscast.
In lieu of the re-enactment of the landing, the Orange Walk Town Council has organized a celebration highlighting the music of the Garifuna Culture. The concert type celebration will be held tomorrow at the Fort Cairn’s Market Square and will feature several of the country’s punta artists. Councillor responsible for the PuntaFest, Rozel Arana, says that it will be a family oriented, high energy show.
Rozel Arana, Orange Walk Town Councilor
“Some of the artist that we are looking at having are Chico Ramos who is the crown Godfather of Punta Rock, Titiman Flores who is the Ambassador of music to our country, we will also have Mohobo Flores who is a musician from the beginning of time and they will be backed up by the Sweet Pain Band which is the hottest band in the country. The members of the band are Method who sings, Junie Mar, Job, Elroy who is Supa G’s Brother so they will be doing a thing on Friday night. We want everybody to become aware of the different Garifuna Artist that we have in our country. We want everybody to come out to enjoy and have fun and the best thing is that everything will be for free and we will be in a safe environment.”
Again, the PuntaFest is set to take place tomorrow evening starting at 9pm at the Fort Cairn’s Market Square. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy a free show.