the Garifuna Collective @ Young AfricanArts Market - KDK 2019 Weekender #1 Opening Concert
Over a foundation of ancestral beats, the unmistakable and powerful sound of the two traditional Garifuna drums, along with driving maracas, turtle shells, acoustic and electric guitars and swinging bass grooves blending with evocative melodies and powerful call and response vocals, these artists tell their stories through music and dance. After an intense showcase performance that culminated with the first encore in 15 years at WOMEX 2018, the band is extremely excited to be bringing their music and vibrant culture to the world stage in 2019.
Garifuna culture was forged when slave ships carrying captured Africans wrecked off the Caribbean island of St Vincent in the 1600s. The survivors swam ashore, mixed with the island’s indigenous Arawak population and created a unique and resilient culture that continues to this day to evolve with its own distinctive language, customs and music.
The Garifuna Collective has performed in over 25 countries has been part of the most celebrated Garifuna albums of all time, including the critically acclaimed Wátina, recipient of the WOMEX and BBC World Music Award and voted by Amazon as the Number One World Music Album of All Time.
Whether on a sandy Caribbean beach or before a large international audience, The Garifuna Collective provides an unforgettable, universally enjoyable and deeply moving experience that never fails to captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds. This is a rare opportunity to experience contemporary Garifuna roots music and performances as distinctive and spirited as the culture from which they spring.