FirstWorks Summer Beats Concerts: The Garifuna Collective
Powerful Afro-Indigenous Music from Belize & Honduras
“This troupe of extraordinary singers has fashioned a unique and wonderful world; once you enter, you will never want to leave.”
—The Guardian (UK)
This multi-generational music ensemble is the living embodiment of a unique Afro-Caribbean heritage. As representatives of the Garifuna people, a distinct language and cultural diaspora spanning the Central American coastline, these musicians harness the indomitable energy of their African and Indigenous ancestors. Their irrepressible, positive energy inspires a joyful celebration at each performance.
The Garifuna Collective has performed in over 30 countries across five continents and was part of the most celebrated global albums of all time: the critically acclaimed “Wátina,” recipient of the Womex and BBC World Music Award and voted the Number One World Music Album of All Time by Amazon.
The powerful sound of the two traditional Garifuna drums – the Primero and the Segunda – sparks feverish dance floors over a foundation of ancestral beats. Driving maracas, turtle shells, guitars and swinging bass grooves blend with powerful call-and-response vocals to tell stories through music, dance, and traditional costume.
The Garifuna people are the descendants of an Afro-Indigenous population from the Caribbean island of St. Vincent who were exiled to the Honduran coast in the eighteenth century and subsequently moved to Belize. Learn more
FREE, ALL-AGES MUSIC WORKSHOP: 4:00-5:00 PM
Members of the Garifuna Collective will teach an interactive workshop on Garifuna drums, rhythm, and culture. Through the Primero and Segundo drums, these musicians will teach the techniques and patterns that make up the Punta and Paranda rhythms and share the history of the mixed free African, Indigenous, and Caribbean ancestry that tell the story of the Garifuna people.
A limited number of drums will be available for attendees, or feel free to bring your own! This event is for the whole family and will be in English and Spanish—all ages and experiences are welcome!
Presented by FirstWorks in partnership with Roger Williams Park Conservancy and Providence Parks Department
Additional support from Providence Tourism Council.
Funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.