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National Garifuna Council honours Andy Palacio’s birthday

The National Garifuna Council held masses all over the country today, to honour the birthday of the late Belizean icon Andy Palacio.

A total of 11 branches held church services celebrating Palacio’s life and legacy, while some held receptions after the mass to keep the festivities alive. The Belmopan branch had their service yesterday due to a scheduling conflict with the church.

Sandra Miranda, NGC president said that the branches take December 2 as a day to reflect on the work Palacio did in bringing Belize and Garinagu culture to the world.

Miranda said that Palacio’s music and journey to countries all over the world opened a door for Garinagu people by sparking an interest in Garinagu culture in those countries.

“On this day I would want anyone to reflect on one of his songs where he asks who will talk Garifuna to my children. because that was one of his yearnings to keep the culture alive,” Miranda said.

Palacio, born on December 2, 1960, was a school teacher before turning to music. He received several awards over his extensive career, such as “Best New Artist” at the Caribbean Music Awards in 1991 and even won the posthumously awarded the BBC3 Awards for World Music award in the Americas Category, in 2008 after his death.

Ambassador, mentor and legend, the entire nation mourned his passing in January 2008, from a massive stroke. His legacy lives on.Andy Palacio

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