Garifuna Drumming Lessons


Learning the basics of drumming has been on the “things to do” list since our very first family deferred trip (Carriacou, 2009). Finally, it happened in the coastal town of Punta Gorda in Belize’s deep south.

Punta Gorda 1.JPG “Downtown” Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda 2.JPG Punta Gorda Shop

There are often times (this trip and others) I think we are travelling in the middle of nowhere. This was no exception. Once again we were the only white folks around. After a bumpy, muddy drive five minutes out of town (the town itself is in the middle of nowhere), we arrived at the Warasa Garifuna Drum School. It was the home of Ronald Raymond McDonald (Ray), founder of the drum school. We had arrived mid-afternoon without notice and we were not very hopeful that we would be able to get a lesson, but went nonetheless.

punta gorda warasa road.jpg Road to Warasa

Obviously, our arrival had awakened Ray. Fortunately for us, he…

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