Our Latin Roots reporter Rachel Faro is back this time to introduce us to Garifuna. Rachel wears many hats: as an artist, a record producer and she owns the Ashe record label specializing in Latin music.
Garifuna music was originally specific to the geographic area surrounding coastal Belize and Honduras in Central America. It is the music of the Garifuna people who are descendants of slaves settled on islands off the coast, arriving after a shipwreck in the 17th century. Isolated, their own music developed called Punta. Punta spread, as they and their language did, throughout the region. Now the Garifuna have migrated so far that some of the best places to hear their music is in the clubs of New York City and Los Angeles.
As always on Latin Roots Rachel will play us an early examples and then music from the extremely popular Garifuna singer and activist Andy Palacio.