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conversations around this story below.
David Goo - Atlanta, Georgia
I loved the story. Capturing
traditional Garifuna music is essential to keeping its culture
alive. After dancing the punta in Honduras with the Garifuna
there, I was happy to hear more of their music. I even purchased
some CDs on line from Stonetree Records. Thanks a lot for
doing the story.
Joycelyn Noralez - Dangriga, Belize
As a garifuna person and as a Belizean and still living
in Dangriga it was very delightful to see that we had something
unique to show to the world. It's like reading documentaries
of remote villages in Africa and realizing what a wonder
that is. I am very proud to be a part of all this and will
do my best to ensure that the culture as a whole lives on.
Markeeda and Imani - Kansas City,
My 5 year old daughter, Imani and I watched this story and
we really enjoyed it. We think this type of music can be
found in many parts of the world...because of the "African
Diaspora." Yes! it can be widely appreciated with more stories
like this one...and more recognition of the elders and those
who are preserving it. Excellent article! Keep up the good
Imani - Kansas City, Missouri
I am 5 years-old. I have a guitar too. I wish I was there
because it looks interesting. You should go to China to
do a story. I want to go with you ... Thank you.
C. Theodore Lang - Beverly Hills,
Local music will always survive and thrive for just that
reason; that it is local. No matter how homogenized the
music of the world in general becomes, local music will
always be there to reflect those that produce it and uplift
those that hear it.
Paul Condylis - Chicago, Illinois
The mere fact that you chose a simple cultural slice of
earth life (and beautifully done) in context of your reputation
for serious, big issues makes me proud to be human and deeply
grateful for all your contributions.
Diane Hardy - Buffalo, New York
Hi! I just wanted to say what a great story! I just recently
went to Belize to the Island of Caye Caluker. The music
was wonderful there, and the people have a very positive
feel. I would suggest anyone who wants to experience their
country to go, and escape past the 'tourist' destinations
and experience the truly beautiful people of Belize :)
Pam Winters - San Marcos, California
I caught Marco Werman's report on Garifuna music in Belize
on NPR today and enjoyed it very much. The story is such
an interesting one and it made me very sad to hear of the
way mainstream culture and tastes have begun to overshadow
yet another unique tradition in this world. I look forward
to reading more on this story at The World's web site. The
scrapbook, among other things, is delightful. Thanks for
the inspiration and wonderful work (as always)!