Intimate Backyard Paranda Concert by Garifuna Musical Group LIBANA MARASA To Take Place in Brooklyn on SATURDAY July 19th 2014

 

Garifuna Musical Group, Hechu Garinagu / Libana Marasa at the 2011 Honduran and Central American Festival in the Bronx.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Garifuna Musical Group, Hechu Garinagu / Libana Marasa at the 2011 Honduran and Central American Festival in the Bronx. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Brooklyn, New York — Garifuna Musical Group LIBANA MARASA are scheduled to perform Paranda music at an intimate Backyard Concert in Brooklyn on SATURDAY July 19th 2014.

Garifuna Musical  Group Libana Marasa to perform Paranda Music at Intimate Backyard Party in Brooklyn on SATURDAY July 19th 2014

Garifuna Musical Group Libana Marasa to perform Paranda Music at Intimate Backyard Party in Brooklyn on SATURDAY July 19th 2014

 

Libana Marasa (“Grandchildren of Marasa” in the Garifuna Language), are a Garifuna musical group that was founded by Parandero Marcelino “Don Marasa” Fernandez.

Born in Stan Creek Belize in Belize in 1920, Don Marasa stayed there until the age of 8, when his family moved to Honduras.  His grandchildren, headed by Garifuna Musician Emilio Nunez (who is from Santa Fe, Honduras) carry on his Garifuna musical tradition.

This backyard party is scheduled to take place on SATURDAY, July 19th 2014. It will take place at 770 Wortman Avenue between Autumn Avenue and Hemlock Street in Brooklyn.  It is scheduled to begin at 8pm and last until 4am.  Admission is $10 and music will be provided by DJ Elmo, DJ Nelson and DJ Leroy.  Special invited artists are El Buyeiman and Borola.

770 Wortman Avenue (between Autumn Avenue and Hemlock Street)

Brooklyn, NY

Admission: $10

SUBWAY:  3 train to New Lots Avenue Subway Stop

A or C Train to Euclid Avenue Subway Stop

BUS: B13 to Crescent st/Wortman Avenue (catch bus at Euclid Avenue Subway Stop)

B15 to Linden Boulevard/Crescent st (catch bus at New Lots Avenue Subway Stop then walk 3 blocks to Wortman)

B20 to Linden Boulevard/Crescent st (then walk 3 blocks to Wortman)

CD Cover to latest album by Garifuna musical group, Libana Marasa, released in 2013.  Photo by Aquina Valentin.

CD Cover to latest album by Garifuna musical group, Libana Marasa, released in 2013. Photo by Aquina Valentin.

ABOUT The Garifuna People

The Garifuna people are people of African descent (in other words, Black people) whose ancestry can be traced to Africans mixing with Carib Indians and Arawak Indians on the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent.  From this fusion of race and ethnicities in St. Vincent Island, a distinct culture and language arose.  They are noted for being one of the few (only?) peoples of African descent (again, in other words, Black people) in the Americas to have maintained aspects of their ancestral culture and full use of their ancestral language for everyday use over the course of hundreds of years.

After being defeated in war with the British on St. Vincent in 1796; 1004 men,  1779 women and 1,555 children for a total of 4,338 people (mostly Black Caribs, as the Garifuna people were then known) were captured and taken to Baliceaux, a small island, a rock, basically, off the coast of St. Vincent.  This took place from July 1796 through February/March 1797.  About 2,000 Garifunas died of a mysterious and very infectious fever while living on Baliceaux awaiting their fate.   1

In early March 1797, the remaining Garifunas were loaded onto the HMS Experiment and other ships.  Once they were rounded up, the convoy were taken to a Bequia, which is another island off the coast of St. Vincent. They proceeded to go to Grenada to get water, then Jamaica for refueling, then finally Roatan, Honduras, arriving on April 12th 1797.

Finding much of Roatan unliveable, the Garifuna people petitioned officials representing Spain and it’s government (which controlled much of Central America at the time) to be allowed to move to the Honduran mainland.  Upon being allowed to move to the Honduran mainland, the Garifunas settled many towns and villages along the Caribean coast of Honduras.  They also migrated to the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize (then known as British Honduras) and Nicaragua over the years.

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Garifuna Musical Group, Hechu Garinagu / Libana Marasa at the 2011 Honduran and Central American Festival in the Bronx. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Garifuna Musical Group, Hechu Garinagu / Libana Marasa at the 2011 Honduran and Central American Festival in the Bronx. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

 

Notes:

  1. Nancie L. Gonzalez, “Sojourners of the Caribbean: Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Garifuna” pg. 21

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