Andy Palacio

    Andy Palacio was a Belizean punta musician, government official, and activist for the Garifuna people and their culture. He was born and raised in the coastal village of Barranco in 1960 and passed away in Belize City in 2008. In addition to the traditional Garifuna music that he played, Palacio absorbed diverse sounds disseminated by radio from neighboring Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Cuba, Jamaica, and the United States. Palacio devoted himself to the preservation of Garifuna music and culture and served as head of the National Institute of Culture and History. He was named a UNESCO Artist for Peace and won the prestigious WOMEX Award in 2007.

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