On Sunday 20 November 2022, the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) joined leaders and members of the Mopan and Kekchi Maya communities of southern Belize at Lubaantun Archeological Reserve to launch a collection of Traditional Kekchi Maya Flute and Drum Music.

Mr. Ernesto Saqui, president of the Juuntulicoon organization from the community of Maya Centre, was instrumental in leading this initiative. In collaboration with musicians Alberto Choco of Silver Creek and Basilio Shol of Golden Stream, they worked on digitally recording traditional flute and drumming music.

The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology and the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) are proud sponsors of this initiative. The recording was done by Bredda David Obi of Dobi Studios in Dangriga Town and will be available on streaming platforms soon.

We congratulate the partners and communities for making this event possible!

Read the full article here:
https://www.belizelivingheritage.org/nich-supports-maya-flute-drum-safegaurding/

Photographs Copyright: Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology/NICH 2022. Photographer Kevin Chen.

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