There’s something about music that comes from the depths of one’s soul, and it does not matter if it is sung in a language unfamiliar or if it’s a symphonic piece: The language of the soul is universal and everyone can pick up on it. Listening to this CD, which can be sampled here, is a mesmerizing journey into the world of the Garifuna culture which the United Nations has labeled as endangered . The panorama of the preoccupations of the Garifuna women is deeply felt–from the agony of childbirth to the the brutal murder of a son in a far-off village.
The following clip is very instructive on the importance of language and culture expressed so charmingly by a Garifuna matriarch named Marcela (who reminds me of my late grand-mother):
My utmost respect to the late Andy Palacio (he died a few months ago) who brought the Garifuna culture/music from the precipice of extinction. His MySpace website is still up and features a few selections that are on the Garifuna Women’s Project. Check the following playlist for more Andy Palacio music: http://www.myspace.com/umalaliproject>