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Belize Krismus Brukdong Bram Festival #539370
11/27/19 05:56 AM
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Biggest Gathering of Brukdong Musicians in Belize, in commemoration of the Life of Mr. Peters. Bring out the entire family on December 21st at Battlefield Park and enjoy good old fashion Christmas music, food, sweets and drinks. Face Painting, Ozzie the Clown and Trampoline/Bouncy House will be on site for the kids. All of Belize's best artists from Lord Rhaburn and Brad Patico to Cocono Bwai and everyone in between will be performing starting from 3:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Prizes will be given away throughout the night. If you can't make it no worries because the concert will be live on TV.

Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 3 PM 10:30 PM


Re: Belize Krismus Brukdong Bram Festival [Re: Marty] #539572
12/12/19 06:24 AM
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The Belize Krismus Brukdong Bram Festival, by The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project

In exactly ten days the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project will be conducting its fourth edition of the Christmas Brukdong Bram Festival. We conducted our first event in 2016 and we have been conducting it every year under different names with various partners. A couple years we partnered with Krem Christmas and a couple we partnered with NICH to commemorate Mr. Peters' Legacy.

The Christmas Bram has always been one of our project's signature initiatives and the reason why we have been trying to preserve this historic cultural event is because it is one of the more festive and enjoyable events within the Creole culture. Most of the ethnic groups have their day and month in which they celebrate their culture, but the Creole people, who once made up the largest part of our population, haven't had a specific period in which they can call their own. It is our hope that the month of December will eventually become the month to celebrate all that is Creole and a month where there will be festivities all month long leading up to Christmas. Below is an excellent description of the Brukdong Bram written my Myrna Manzanares.

By Myrna Manzanare

It is the end of the rainy season and the beginning of the Christmas season. The mahogany workers are coming home from camp to families they have not seen for months. The women and children are looking forward to the festivities ahead. What made those festivities in the Christmas season so exciting? The Bram, of course. And what, might you ask, is the Bram?

The Bram is a spree traditionally done during the Christmas season. It is like an exodus of people dancing in the streets from one house to the next, the goal of which is to spread the merrymaking by singing, dancing and playing music at each house as a sign of good cheer. Traditionally, bramming occurred in Belize City (old Belize Town) and in the villages along the Belize River Valley; and later in most other Kriol (Creole) communities in Belize. As urban Belize City embraced less traditional Christmas celebrations, the bram became relegated to the countryside where it still relishes a critical presence.

The various Belizean cultures have their traditional music, and the Brokdong and bram are truly original of the Belize Kriol. Though the Brokdong can occur without the Bram, the Bram cannot occur without Brokdong music. The pulsating rhythms come from harmonizing a variety of instruments such as the fork and grater similar to the guira found in Merengue music, the two-sided Gombay drum reminiscent of the double-headed African dun dun drum, accordion, mouth organ (harmonica), banjo, jawbone of an ass (or donkey), the gourd shakka (maracas or rattle) and anything else that could make good musical sounds and could be heard loud and clear. Essential to the rhythm, percussion and syncopation of the Brokdong is the call and response songs narrating historical experiences in satirical fashion. The lyrics are in the Kriol (Creole) language which has a distinct African grammatical structure, with most words borrowed from English, and some from Irish, Mesquito Indian, Spanish and Maya. The concinnity of lilting verses heartily sung by the group and the instruments maintaining the beat cuts deep into your soul; and whether you are adult or child, Belizean or other, you are compelled to join in the celebration.

Over the years, the Brokdong genre has experienced a lull in its popularity among the youth. The same cannot be said for the over-forty crowd, which still jams to catchy beats of the King of Brokdong, Mr. Wilfred Peters and Punta Gorda native Ms. Leela Venon. This is especially true around the Christmas season and in rural Belize District where the two-day holiday is synonymous with the Bram.

Today, if you want to get a good dose of the Bram -- the way it used to be -- the place to visit is the village of Gales Point Manatee. The narrow, roughly two-mile stretch juts out into the Southern Lagoon bordering the Caribbean Sea at the base of the Belize District, about forty miles away from Dangriga through the Coastal Road. Cutting through the 2 miles of the village is a dusty unpaved and bumpy road, Main Street Gales Point, which is bordered by almost every building in the village, save for a few that fringe the lagoon on the east and west of the peninsula. Surrounded by wetland, marsh, and mangrove vegetation and imperial karst (limestone) hills, the lagoon around Gales Point Manatee is an important habitant for an estimated one hundred Antillean West Indian Manatees, which is why the area has been declared a Manatee Wildlife Sanctuary. But these mermaids are clearly not the reason that the Gales Point immigrants return home December 25 and 26 of every year.

The drama begins to unfold mid-afternoon on Christmas Day with the band members of the local band, Talla Walla Vibrations, drums in hand marching to the set starting point. This parade alerts everyone that the Bram is about to begin, so what starts off as a six-man parade turns into a lively crowd of villagers. Now remember the bramming energy has been in restraints for an entire year, so the excitement builds until the arrival at the first house when with one tap on the djembe drum the spectators/singers/dancers burst into life. Hips start with a fast side-to-side sway followed closely by knee bends done with simultaneous hip rotations. Shoulder movements suggestive of chickens flopping and the timed beats of a softer version of a foot stomp challenge nearby dancers to advance and then retreat according to the drum patterns. Above the high-pitched drum beats of the djembe drums, the clanking cow bell-type instrument, the bass of the dun dun drum relative, the clacking of a stick tapping on a pig tail bucket, the rattle of the maracas, and the knocking of glass bottles on wood, one can make out the feverishly-pitched tunes. One self-designated caller belts out words that stir the entire audience/performers to respond.

At each house, a table is laid out with home-made cashew and black berry wines, rum popo (egg nog), and aniseed liquor. Everyone is welcome in the sharing of drinks which heightens the frenzy of the moment and draws the more timid participants from the edge of the ring to inside the circle. A caution, of course, goes to those who are not used to these local drinks because it can go "right to your head", causing you to loose all inhibitions! For the revelers who grew up with these traditions, though, it is all a part of the kinship and merriment of the season. And so the euphoric atmosphere continues, non stop from house to house, from one end of village to the next, way into the night.

The experience can be summed up in the words one of the Brokdong songs:

Kriol
Translation
Pull out yu grater an di fork
Pull out your grater and the fork
Battl pahn tabl
Bottle on table
Draw di kaak
Draw the cork
Gimi di ridim, Gimi di sung
Give me the rhythm, give me the song
Krismos di kom so gyada rung
Christmas is coming so gather 'round
Get yu cake and yu lemonade
Get your cake and your lemonade
And don't forget the wine and the rum
And don't forget the wine and the rum
Wine and go down
Wind and go down
All to the sound of the Brokdong
All to the sound of the Brokdong

Re: Belize Krismus Brukdong Bram Festival [Re: Marty] #539652
12/18/19 06:56 AM
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The Belize Krismus Brukdong Bram Festival Performance Schedule

We are exactly four days away from the largest Brukdong Bram Festival. I am posting the performance schedule for Saturday, 21st December. This Festival will be a first of its kind because we have never had so many top notch Belizean performers/bands performing all in one day at the same event. We may never see this assembly again. You don't want to miss it!

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Re: Belize Krismus Brukdong Bram Festival [Re: Marty] #539685
12/20/19 05:47 AM
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We are exactly two and a half days away from the largest Brukdong Bram Festival to hit Battlefield Park sponsored by the Downtown Rejuvenation Project. All the action starts promptly at 1:30 pm on Saturday 21st. December with the performance of a 60-member Burrell Boom Marching Band. Music, singing and dancing are all necessary for us to have a full fledge Krismus Bram, but a Bram is not a Bram if you don't have food and drinks. Here is the Menu for Saturday's Festival.

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Re: Belize Krismus Brukdong Bram Festival [Re: Marty] #539709
12/22/19 05:16 AM
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Video: The Belize Krismus Brukdong Bram Festival 2019



Re: Belize Krismus Brukdong Bram Festival [Re: Marty] #539720
12/23/19 05:47 AM
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2019 Belize Krismus Bruckdong Bram Festival in commemoration of the life of Mr. Peters.

Whew! I just got up from a 20hr day yesterday. Still in bed and Knocked out. My vacation starts today, so I will have some time to recover.
The 2019 version of the Krismus Brudong Bram Festival is now in the history books. It was not supposed to have happened this year. Earlier in the year, I was told that the Project would be focussing mainly on the hard components, which are the buildings we are currently constructing. About six weeks ago, we got the green light to conduct this year's version. Last night was the culmination of a fire storm of planning and execution. We have conducted four of these Krismus Brams since 2016, but I believe the 2019 version was the best from my point of view. All of the performers executed their performances on cue for the most part. It was a live event and I am happy it went flawlessly thanks to Orson Picart and Dolores Aguilar, my Assistant Coordinators.

In the first three years of the Bram, we were never able to get the spectators to get out of their seats and dance, or I should say bram. We changed the strategy slightly this year, we included Lord Rhaburn. Lord Rhaburn is still the king of getting people out of their seats and bram. I have never been to a Rhaburn concert. Last night was a glimpse of what a full fledge Rhaburn concert must have been like. At 83 the man can still dress and perform. Although I enjoyed all of the performances, I particularly enjoyed Rhaburn's one. Not sure if I will get to see him perform again, but I was happy to have seen him live at least one time. The man is really a legend in his own right.

I still can't believe how we got through last night without much rain. From our perspective, one of the key success indicators for these events is crowd size. I knew we were going to have some rain at some point, so I got tents, lots of tents. I think we used all of Special Events tents. The night went flawlessly. Well, I am not being totally honest and I was brought up in a strong religious Catholic family, so I can't lie. The truth is that I got tents for everything except......well ....the spectators. The truth of the matter was that I did have a tent for the spectators, but we had to use that tent for something else that was deemed a little more important for our success. By 3pm, we had a nice crowd and then the drizzle started. I said to myself: look pah deh bloody Belizean, deh run to fyah, but wah run fram wah lee bit a rain . Yup, true to form, that is what happen. I lost my crowd. I had made a fatal mistake in my planning. Planned for weeks in the event Murphy would show up and he did. As it turned out, it only drizzled for about ten minutes and where ever the crowd went for cover, they gradually trickled back and we didn't see any rain again for the rest of the night. The crowd settled in and did not move again, well, until Rhaburn showed up. All in all it was a beautiful night.

The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project

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Christmas Bram, Belize

Re: Belize Krismus Brukdong Bram Festival [Re: Marty] #539897
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Drone footage of the 2019 Krismus Bram Festival on 21st December.



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