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Latin Roots: Rachel Faro On Garifuna

May 2, 2013 (WXPN-FM)

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David Dye

Latin Roots reporter Rachel Faro is back to introduce World Cafe listeners to Garifuna music. Faro wears many hats: She's an artist and record producer who owns the Ashe record label, which specializes in Latin music.

Garifuna music was originally specific to the geographic area surrounding coastal Belize and Honduras in Central America; the Garifuna people are descendants of slaves who settled on islands off the coast after a shipwreck in the 17th century. Isolated, they developed their own music 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.

Here, Faro plays us early examples of the music, followed by samples of the popular Garifuna singer and activist Andy Palacio.

To explore more, try Rachel Faro's Spotify playlist.

Latin Roots on World Cafe is made possible through a grant from The Wyncote Foundation.

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  • Danzas Garifuna Baruda, "Came Badugey No (Why Did You Betray Me?)"
  • Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective, "Watina"

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