Planet Afropop June 11, 2024
The Garifuna Collective: They Came Before Columbus
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In this episode, we explore the music and language of the Caribbean coasts' Afro-indigenous Garinagu People of Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, St. Vincent, and Nicaragua, commonly known as the Garifuna.

The official story is that these are descendants of enslaved Africans shipwrecked on the island of 'Yurumein' known as St Vincent and the Grenadines in 1635. However, the distinct Garifuna language and music challenge this narrative, with mounting evidence suggesting an alternative origin story of the Afro-Caribes before trans-Atlantic slavery and Columbus.

Join the Garifuna Collective as they uncover these historical gaps through their new music, featuring distinctive punta rock rhythms and paranda from their latest album, Aban (meaning 'One').

Producer Muwkae Wabei Siyolwe speaks with the Garifuna Collective and Dr. Gwen Nunez Gonzales, a Garifuna language matriarch in Belize, who shares stories of resilience and cultural citizenship.

Tune in to discover more about the rich cultural heritage and music of the Garifuna people.

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