3 October 2013
The Garifuna Collective delivered an impressive performance Thursday for a charity concert dedicated to funding The Inspiration Center in Belize.
Hosted by the Embassy of Belize and Muziekpublique, the Garifuna Collective stopped in Brussels during their European Tour to share a soul-stirring collection of songs inspired by the Garifuna culture. Performing songs off their new album 'Ayo', produced by Ivan Duran, the band had no trouble getting the crowd clapping and even dancing on stage to the rhythm.
Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective’s 2007 album Wátina is one of the most praised world music albums ever released. After Andy Palacio's untimely passing in 2008, The Garifuna Collective picked up where Andy left off, continuing Andy's dream and carrying the torch of cultural preservation far into the future.
A portion of the proceeds of the concert helped fund the Inspriation Center, a community based program for disadvantaged and disabled children in Belize. Founded by Kim Simplis-Barrow, the first Belizean designated as Global Ambassador for Special Olympics International, the Inspiration Center seeks to provide occupational resources and medical services to get Belize's most vulnerable youth on their feet.
Lloyd Augustine : vocals and guitar
Desere Diego : vocals and percussion
Horace Flores : vocals and percussion
Al Ovando : bass
Joshua Arana : lead Garifuna Drum and backing vocals
Denmark Flores : Bass Garifuna Drum and backing vocals
Sam Harris : lead guitar and vocals