Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America

The Garifuna Collective featuring Umalali, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras

Project

Featuring Garifuna drums, maracas, turtle shells, swaying rhythm guitars, and groovy bass lines, the Garifuna Collective is multi-generational ensemble featuring some of the most accomplished musicians of the Garifuna community. Located on the Caribbean coast of Honduras and other Central American countries, the Garifuna people’s traditions blend elements of West African and Native Caribbean heritage. The showcased group, Umalali—meaning ‘voice’, is a moving ensemble that captures the beauty and power of Garifuna female expression. In concert, The Garifuna Collective combines storytelling with music, dance, and traditional costume. Involving singers from the Garifuna communities of Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala, Umalali and the Collective aim to maintain the threatened music of the Garifuna community, and allow their traditions to thrive in a modern context. The Garifuna Collective featuring Umalali tours with the support of Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America in 2017-2018. Click on calendar for all tour dates.

The Garifuna Collective

The Garifuna Collective performs at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Tour Engagements for
The Garifuna Collective featuring Umalali, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras

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    March 21, 2018 - March 23, 2018
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    March 22, 2018 - March 23, 2018
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