December holiday season is surely one of the holidays we look forward to the most, and what better way to celebrate this festive occasion and immerse ourselves with some local culture than to enjoy some live Garifuna artists, dancing and drumming here at Chabil Mar resort.
In accompaniment to their music traditions lie the Garifuna songs and dance styles, which are an integral part of their culture. These songs and dance styles performed by the Garifuna display a wide range of subjects like work songs, social dances, and ancestral traditions. Some of the work songs include the Eremwu Eu, which is sung by the women as they prepare to make cassava bread, and the Laremuna Wadauman, a song men regularly sing when collectively working together.
As for songs and dances in the social context, pieces like the Gunchei are quite customary. In this dance style the men take turns dancing with each woman. Another very popular dance style performed by the Garifuna in Belize is called Punta Music. According to one Garifuna author this style is, the most popular dance performed at wakes, holidays, parties, and other social events like Christmas.
All we are left to say is thank you for sharing your amazing culture with us on this special holiday season.