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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: E1 Entertainment Dist ***
  • ASIN: 5557910956
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Buy this album if you love life!
L. Flores
Andy Palacio, a Garifunan from Belize, once modified his culture's music so it would have wider appeal.
Jesse Kornbluth
Their language, music, and culture was partially adopted and preserved.
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Kornbluth TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 9, 2007
Format: Audio CD
It takes a lot to make Americans listen to music recorded beyond our borders. Like Buena Vista Social Club. I'll bet you bought that CD, played it to death, and drag it out now on occasions when you want an easy, hip-skaking lilt as background. But would you have given Cuban geezers a listen if renowned musician and producer Ry Cooder hadn't brokered the sale and turned an otherwise obscure CD into a Grammy-winning hit ? If Wim Wenders hadn't made an exquisite documentary film that turned seventy-year-old musicians into brand names?

Andy Palacio doesn't have Buena Vista's advantages. He's from Belize, the least-populated country in Central America. His music celebrates the Garifunan culture, which is known to maybe five American Caucasians. And although his record company couldn't be more distinguished in World Music circles --- Jacob Edgar, its founder, was head of A&R at Putamayo --- few of you have heard of him or his sparkling label, Cumbancha.

No matter. This musician you've never heard of, singing in a language spoken by no more than a few hundred thousand people, has delivered what could easily be the most enjoyable CD of the year.

What's it like? Everything. And that's the key to the music.

In the 1700s, West African slaves were shipwrecked on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. They intermarried with Arawak Indians and lived peacefully until the English forced them into exile on a small, resource-poor island off Honduras. They moved on to the mainland, but their identity has blurred over the centuries.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Alcoser on January 21, 2008
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OBITUARY

Andy Palacio, an iconic musician and cultural activist in his native Belize who has performed several times in Chicago in recent years, died Saturday. He was 47.

The cause of death was a massive stroke, a heart attack and respiratory failure due to the previous two conditions. He was on his way to Chicago for medical treatment last week when it was determined that he was too ill to continue.

A national hero in Belize for his popular music and advocacy of Garifuna language and culture -- a blend of West African and indigenous Carib and Arawak Indian language and heritage -- Palacio and his health crisis dominated the news there in recent days.

Palacio's album "Watina," which was released in early 2007, had become one of the most critically acclaimed world music recordings of the year, appearing on dozens of best-of-the-year lists in major media outlets around the globe.

In 2007, Palacio was named a UNESCO Artist for Peace and won the prestigious WOMEX Award. "Watina" was also nominated for the BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards.

Palacio will be honored with an official state funeral. A concert honoring him is planned in Belize City on Friday.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amaranth on May 16, 2007
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Andy Palacio from Belize was little known outside his country, the smallest one in South America. He contributed a bland track to Putumayo's "Music from the Chocolate Lands",and frothy Caribbean pop to Putumayo's "Caribe! Caribe!" When Andy Palacio realized he was one of the few young people still speaking the Garifuna language, he decided to return to his roots, and form the Garifuna Collective.

Andy Palacio's return to his roots has led not only to a revival of Garifuna language and culture, but is a joy for world music fans who delight in earthy, powerful music. "Watina" is a savory blend of reggae-flavored music such as "Lidan Aban" (Together) and the bluesy laments of "Sin Precio" (Worthless), "Ayo Da" (Goodbye my dear) and the title track. There is the reverent sacred music of "Baba" (Father),"Weyu Larigi Weyu" (Day by Day) and "Aguyuha Nidudenu" (My people have moved on). The jazzy,frothy song "Miami" isn't about the Florida metropolis, but about injustice in that city in Honduras. The closing song, "Amunegu" (In times to come),is a hopeful gaze to the future.

There isn't a single weak song on this album. It's a perfect introduction to the music of Belize (too often overshadowed by Argentina,the tango capital of the world and Brazil with its sambas and bossa novas) and Garifuna culture. It's a must for any world music collection!

Andy Palacio introduced the wider public to the richness of bluesy Garifuna music. He was on the verge of a breakthrough with this album. Hopefully, the Garifuna Collective will carry on his musical legacy.
RIP Andy Palacio (1960-2008)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Lindgren on August 13, 2007
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I picked up this disc after Palacio's concert in Chicago's Millenium Park earlier this summer. This is truly world-class music making. The sound is a mix of African, blues, jazz, Latin and island but the sounds are fused with unique, authentic and sophisticated musicianship. The vocals, guitar and rhythm work are all outstanding. Buy it - you won't be disappointed!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Flores on January 20, 2008
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I have listened to heavy metal & instrumental rock like Joe Satriani for a number of years now, so my experience with & appreciation for other genres was very little. That is, until discovering the musical genius of Andy Palacio & friends. After listening to Watina, I felt like I was a guest of honor in a remote Garifuna village filled with friendly people in an atmosphere like none other. This album really takes you there. From start to finish, you are taken on a once in a lifetime musical journey. This album made me realize that music can, indeed, be universal! It does not matter what type of music you are into, because this album will make you appreciate life & music a whole lot more. You might be asking how is it that these poor/humble, relatively unknown Garifuna musicians from the tiny Central American/Caribbean nation of Belize rank as high as artists like Santana, Steve Vai, Shakira, Eric Clapton, Bob Marley, etc on various Amazon bestseller lists? Because really great music always speaks for itself! Buy this album if you love music! Buy this album if you love life! Buy this album if being proud of one's culture/family is admirable!
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