Whether you are a fan of rock'n "roll, hip-hop, reggae, country or even rock'n" roll, Belize is a country where music is appreciated and enjoyed. Whether it's a traditional dance that dates back centuries of Mayan presence, or an addictive dance music called Punta Rock, Belizing's music is truly unique. Kriol music was developed by the descendants of those who brought it to Belize and has evolved over the years into a number of unique genres, some of which were developed by their descendants. In the north, cumbia is sung, but there is also a wide variety of other genres, such as rock'n'roll and rap, and there are even a few different styles of rap music in different parts of the country.
Caribbean soca, calypso and reggae combining merengue, salsa and hip-hop. Other sub-genres of Brukdown include Mento music, which is heavily influenced by Jamaican and Trinidadian forms of calypso music. The mestizo music draws from the traditional music of the Maya, which uses wooden drums, rattles and shells. In 1978, the musician Pen Cayetano created his own version of mestizo, a form of rock'n'roll that includes a variety of instruments such as guitar, bass, drums and percussion.
The genre of Garifuna music, which was hardly recorded until the 1990s, was described as a mixture of reggae, mestizo, punta and punta - rock. The puntas (or "punta rock") developed by gar ifuna musicians add modern lyrics to create a style that is somewhat similar to regae but has a more modern touch.
One of Belize's greatest modern sensations is Supa G, which offers a mix of reggae, mestizo, punta rock and pop music. Punta Rock has been expanded and mixed to create "Punta Pop" and is designed for parties and social events where people dance.
Palacio is known for mixing the Garifuna sound with all kinds of foreign elements, including pop, salsa and calypso beats. He describes his music as "soca - twitching," referring to the hot Caribbean dance music that fuses US soul music with island calypses. He draws on the soulful side of garrison music and makes people listen to him instead of just dancing with him, but he shuns reggae, mestizo, punta rock and pop music.
Don't be surprised if "Belizean Dreams" reminds you of Trinidad and other Caribbean resorts you've visited in the past. Brukdown is a pleasantly soft sound, which consists of African songs and is accompanied by a small calypso rhythm. His unmistakable vibes include the genres of Mestizo, Kriol and Garifuna, which sound so different that you might think you have moved to Trinidad or Jamaica.
Of course, the Garifuna are native to Belize, and their unique culture continues today in song, dance, food and language. Travelers who want to experience Honduras can visit Gar ifuna communities, but travelers from other parts of the world can also visit these villages, which were developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a way of life for the people of Honduras.
Another well-known genre of Garifuna music is the contemporary version of Punta, known as "Punta Rock." The Maya also share a love of marimba music, as it is the national instrument of Guatemala and is known for its beautiful melodies.
Punta Rock was born in Dangriga in the 1970s and draws on the Garifuna music by combining Creole rhythms with heavy African percussion and singing on both Creole and Garifuna. Modern mestizo music is gentler than elsewhere in western and northern Belize. Cumbia music is mainly played in the northern regions of the country, where Mestizos (Maya and Yucatec Maya) are abundant. African instruments derived from the xylophone - like instruments - are characterized by a strong concentration on rhythm and rhythm - heavy percussion and focus on the use of instruments such as marimba and tambourine, as well as drums and percussion.
The itinerant mariachi bands that perform on the border between Belize and Mexico were born on the Spanish side of the same tradition.
Instead of focusing on the danceable style of punta rock, the collective explores Latin American - influenced by Paranda. The musicians incorporate many aspects of traditional Garifuna music forms and fuse them into a more modern sound in a style described as a mix of punas, rock and parandas.
Cumbia, related to salsa and merengue, is a popular music genre performed in the mestizo areas of Belize. It is played by a troupe that plays in areas where Mestsizos live, such as the capital San Pedro Sula, and in other parts of the country, as well as in rural areas.
In Belize, the rule of thumb is that when you have a good beat, most people should spontaneously dance to the rhythm, so be prepared for strong hip movements - shaking and gyrating. Those who like reggae or calypso music will also like this pattern, which is connected with many traditional patterns of Africa. Nevertheless, Garifunas, the leaders of the choir organization, are very consistent with African styles in their music.