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punta gorda culture

Punta gorda culture


Drumming is just one of the tangible elements of the Garifuna culture.

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Periodically, a talented, Garifuna youth group or our friends at the Warasa Drum School join us at Hickatee Cottages for some live entertainment - drumming, dancing, singing and an introduction to the Garifuna culture. It's not a staged performance, much more of an 'audience participation' type affair - although there's no pressure to try your hand at drumming.


If you are interested in experiencing Garifuna drumming while staying at Hickatee Cottages, please inquire with management.

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Garifuna music is filled with anecdotes and stories that provide a fascinating insight into the Garifuna culture – a culture which was little known outside of the region until recently, but one which is now recognized by UNESCO as a “masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity”.

Local drummers showcase the traditional Garifuna rhythms, singing, dancing, and perhaps give you a chance to master at least one of the six traditional Garifuna beats, breaking down the rhythms into easy learning stages.

The drums themselves are a labor of love, hollowed out from cedar, mahogany or yemeri logs, topped with deer skin held in place by vines, and a wire or string snare to intensify the sound. 

Read here to learn more. 

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