GARIFUNA Culture Explored on Special Episode of AFROBEAT Radio Show on SATURDAY, December 13th 2014

 

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New York City, New York  — Garifuna Culture (Music, History, Language, Religion, Food, Dance, etc) will be featured on an Episode of The AfroBeat Radio Show on SATURDAY December 13th 2014.

AfroBeat Radio on WBAI 99.5 FM.

AfroBeat Radio on WBAI 99.5 FM.

The Host of the show Mr. Wuyi Jacobs as well as AfroBoat Radio Show Music Producer Akenataa Hammagaadji will be interviewing the founder of the Being Garifuna website, Teofilo Colon Jr (a.k.a. “Tio Teo’ or “Teofilo Campeon”). We will be discussing aspects of Garifuna culture, how they are kept alive and made relevant in the Garifuna diaspora today.

Being Garifuna Founder, Teofilo Colon Jr. (a.k.a. "Tio Teo" or "Teofilo Campeon")  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All  Rights Reserved.

Being Garifuna Founder, Teofilo Colon Jr. (a.k.a. “Tio Teo” or “Teofilo Campeon”) Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.


The AfroBeat Radio Show is broadcast on WBAI-FM (99.5 FM) and airs from 4pm to 5pm. Tune in if you have the time!

 

 

AfroBeat Radio Executive Producer and Host, Mr. Wuyi Jacobs.  Photo courtesy of Arise TV

AfroBeat Radio Executive Producer and Host, Mr. Wuyi Jacobs. Photo courtesy of Arise TV

Wuyi Jacobs is the executive producer and host of the AfroBeat Radio Show, which airs on Saturday afternoons from 4pm to 5pm on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York City on the Pacifica Radio Network.  According to the Arbitron rating system, WBAI 99.5 FM averages about 134,600 listeners a week.

Afrobeat Radio is a multi-media platform that uses new media to highlight and promote dialogue on issues of interest to the peoples of Africa and the African diaspora. Through our radio programs, Internet platforms, discussion forums, and community programming, they create interactive spaces for dialogue and debate. They promote dialogue, critical inquiry, information sharing and civic consciousness in the interest of peace, freedom, justice, and equality.  It has been in existence since 2007.

Mr. Wuyi Jacobs is from Nigeria and borne in political exile.  He is also the nephew of Wole Soyinka, who in 1986, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, the first African to be awarded as such.

Akenataa Hammagaadji, host and executive producer of the First World Music Radio program.

Akenataa Hammagaadji, host and executive producer of the First World Music Radio program.

Akenataa Hammagaadji is the executive producer and host of the African music radio program, First World Music, which is broadcast from WVKR, which is the radio station for Vassar College in Pougkeepsie, New York.   The show has been in existence since 2005.

Akenataa Hammagaadji, host and executive producer of the First World Music Radio program.

Akenataa Hammagaadji, host and executive producer of the First World Music Radio program.

According to the Away From Africa blog, Mr. Akenataa Hammagaadji was born in Monrovia, Liberia.  His mother had immigrated to the U.S. Virgin Islands, and sent for her children when Akenataa was 12 years old. Later they moved to the continental United States.  After attending college, he hosted an African music program for 12 years on Columbia University’s WKCR station.   1

In 2005, he began hosting the First World Music radio show, which enabled him to showcase musicians from the entire continent as well as the entire African diaspora.

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.   2

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, namely the port town of Trujillo, Honduras in May 1797; 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 Culture To Be Featured on Episode of AfroBeat Radio Show on SATURDAY, December 13th 2014.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  ALl Rights Reserved.

Garifuna Culture To Be Featured on Episode of AfroBeat Radio Show on SATURDAY, December 13th 2014. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. ALl Rights Reserved.

Notes:

  1. http://www.awayfromafrica.com/2014/03/first-world-music.html
  2. Nancie L. Gonzalez, “Sojourners of the Caribbean: Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Garifuna” pg. 21

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