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BELIZE - The Exile's Song, January 2004


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Synopsis of "The Exile's Song"

LET THE RHYTHM MOVE YOU
Music of the Garifuna

REPORTER'S SCRAPBOOK
Follow the beat

FACTS & STATS
Land, People, Economy

LINKS & RESOURCES
Background, the Garifuna Diaspora, Punta Rock

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Reporter's Scrapbook: Follow the Beat

DJ welcoms reporter Marco Werman

Up some dingy stairs I found the studios of Love FM, Belize's leading pop music station. They broadcast TV, audio from TV on the radio and regular radio, all in both English and Spanish. The DJs were superfriendly: "Come in, come in, here's a colleague from Boston!"
Paranda musician Paul Nabor

Paranda musician Paul Nabor is also a buyei, or spirit doctor. When I went to his temple, where he heals people, I got the impression he'd been waiting for me.
Photo of Marco Werman

I've been told that I look like I pasted my face onto this photo, but I really was there.
Marie Sharp’s hot sauce

Marie Sharp's hot sauce blends carrots and vinegar with crushed habaneros. I first tasted it when Ivan Duran and Andy Palacio brought some to Berlin for the World Music Expo, and I got hooked. It didn't survive in my checked luggage, but luckily I'd stashed three more bottles in my carry-on.

 

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