Garifuna Jazz Ensemble Talk and Sing About New Kind of Music at Bronx Event

FREE Discussion and Demonstration of the fusion of Jazz Music and Garifuna Music by the Garifuna Jazz Ensemble will take place at this interactive Bronx Event

Bronx, New York  — The Garifuna Jazz Ensemble, in conjunction with The Bronx Music Heritage Center and the Chamber Music of America present a Talk and Demonstration about their mixing of Jazz Music and Garifuna Music.  This FREE Event will take place on SATURDAY, November 11th 2017 at The Bronx Music Heritage Center.

Ideal for children who are musicians or interested in playing music, This interactive event will enable those who attend to learn something new and perhaps be inspired.

The Garifuna Jazz Ensemble (formerly known as The Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble), strives to preserve the language and culture of the Garifuna people through its mixing of Garifuna music with Jazz, America’s own classical music.

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Vocalist of Garifuna Heritage, Lucy Blanco, and founder of the Garifuna Jazz Ensemble, is the lead vocalist of this Music Group.  She is joined by veteran musicians who have grown to produce a unique, flavored sound after working together the last three years.  Core members of the Garifuna Jazz Ensemble include:

  • Lucy Blanco (Lead Vocalist, Maracas)
  • Mario Sprouse (Music Director, Keyboards)
  • Gary ‘Wicked’ Fritz (Percussion)
  • Julian Meyers (Saxophone)
  • Luisa Bastidas (Violin)
  • Hillard Greene (Bass)
  • Andy Ordoñez (Garifuna Drum)
  • Miriam Suazo-Moore (Dancer)
  • Mariano Martinez (Dancer)

The Garifuna Jazz Ensemble has been on a streak of successful events.  In addition to opening up for Internationally acclaimed Garifuna music group, The Garifuna Collective at their concert and workshop at Flushing Town Hall in Queens in October, the Garifuna Jazz Ensemble has also secured a grant by Chamber Music America (through its Residency Endowment Fund) that helped enable this event.

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What is Traditional Garifuna Music?   What is Punta Rock Music?  What is Paranda Music? 

In traditional Garifuna music, the basic setup are two Garifuna drums and perhaps maracas.  Other instruments include Turtle shells, conch shells and claves.  For Paranda music, an acoustic guitar is added.  Punta Rock is essentially an electrified version of Punta Music.  Electric guitars (rhythm and/or bass), synthesizers, a drum set, are added to the traditional Garifuna music setup for a dynamic sound unique in the Caribbean and Latin America.


This special event will take place on SATURDAY, November 11th 2017 at the Bronx Music Heritage Center. It is FREE and Open to the Public and will begin at 1pm.

Bronx Music Heritage Center

1303 Louis Nine Blvd

Bronx, NY 10459

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ABOUT The Garifuna People / SOBRE el Pueblo Garifuna

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 cultural fusion of race and ethnicities in St. Vincent Island, a distinct culture and language arose.

Los Garífunas son personas de ascendencia africana (en otras palabras, la gente negro) cuya ascendencia se puede remontar a los africanos mezcla con los indios caribes y arahuacos en la isla del Caribe Oriental de San Vicente. A partir de esta fusión cultural de la raza y etnias en la isla de San Vicente, una cultura y una lengua distinta surgieron.

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The Garifuna (then known as The Black Caribs) are noted for not only being the main source of resistance against European expansion into the Lesser Antilles over the course of over 150 years, but also 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.

Los Garífunas (entonces conocido como el Caribes Negros) están marcadas no sólo por ser la principal fuente de resistencia contra la expansión europea hacia las Antillas Menores en el transcurso de más de 150 años, pero también es uno de los pocos (sólo?) Pueblos de África descenso (de nuevo, en otras palabras, los negros) en las Américas que han mantenido los aspectos de su cultura ancestral y la plena utilización de su lengua ancestral para el uso diario a lo largo de cientos de años.

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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.

Después de ser derrotado en la guerra con los británicos en San Vicente en 1796; 1004 hombres, 1779 mujeres y 1.555 niños por un total de 4.338 personas (en su mayoría Negro caribes, como los garífunas se conocía entonces) fueron capturados y llevados a Baliceaux, una pequeña isla, una roca, básicamente, en la costa de San Vicente . Esto se llevó a cabo entre julio de 1796 y febrero / marzo de 1797. Cerca de 2,000 garífunas murió de una fiebre misteriosa y muy infecciosa mientras viven en Baliceaux espera de su destino.

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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.

A principios de marzo de 1797, los garífunas restantes se cargaron en el Experimento HMS y otras naves. Una vez que fueron detenidos, el convoy fueron llevados a un Bequia, que es otra isla de la costa de San Vicente. Se procedió a ir a Granada para conseguir agua, a continuación, Jamaica para repostar, y finalmente Roatán, Honduras, llegando el 12 de abril 1797.

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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. Subsequently, the Garifunas settled many towns and villages along the Caribbean coast of Honduras. They also migrated to the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize (then known as British Honduras) and Nicaragua over the years.

Encontrar gran parte de Roatán inhabitable, el pueblo garífuna solicitaron a los funcionarios que representan a España y es el gobierno (que controlaba gran parte de Centroamérica en el momento) que se le permitiera pasar a la parte continental de Honduras. Al que se le permita pasar a la parte continental de Honduras, a saber, la ciudad puerto de Trujillo, Honduras de mayo de 1797. Posteriormente, los garífunas se establecieron muchas ciudades y pueblos a lo largo de la costa caribeña de Honduras. También emigraron a los países vecinos de Guatemala, Belice (entonces conocido como Honduras Británica) y Nicaragua en los últimos años.

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Finally, Garifuna People have also migrated to the United States of America where generations have settled in cities like New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, Boston, Miami and Boston. Despite their mainly Spanish surnames, their culture and history are distinct from other Afro-American and Latino ethnic groups and it’s important to keep that in mind.

Por último, Las personas Garifunas también han emigrado a los Estados Unidos, donde las generaciones se han asentado en ciudades como Nueva York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, Boston, Miami y Boston. A pesar de sus apellidos, principalmente españoles, su cultura y la historia son distintos de otros grupos étnicos Afro-americanos y latinos y es importante tener esto en mente.

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