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The Garifuna Collective

 

It has been six years since Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective released Wátina, an album that received unanimous acclaim and elevated the international profile of the music and culture of Central America’s Afro-Amerindian Garifuna community. On the cusp of tremendous fame, Palacio passed away suddenly at the age of 47 not long after Wátina was released, leaving many to wonder who would continue bringing the voice of his people to the world.

 

With the upcoming release of Ayó (“Goodbye” in the Garifuna language), out July 2 on Stonetree / Cumbancha, Palacio’s band proves they are up to the task, and with Wátina producer Ivan Duran of Stonetree back at the helm, they have created a magical album of soul-stirring songs that reflect the rich heritage and appealing sound of contemporary Garifuna music. With a lineup that consists of the best musicians in the fertile Garifuna music scene, The Garifuna Collective promises to carry the torch of cultural innovation and promotion passed on by Andy Palacio far into the future.

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September 19, 2013 — 
The Garifuna Collective celebrates the European release of their acclaimed new album Ayó with a tour and new music video. With a lineup that consists of the best musicians in Central America's fertile Garifuna music scene, The Garifuna Collective promises to carry the torch of cultural innovation and promotion passed on by their late front man Andy Palacio far into the future. LISTEN TO A PREVIEW

 
September 2 (October 14 in France) also saw the European release of the acclaimed album Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me by Danny Michel with The Garifuna Collective. Canada's NOW Magazine writes, "It’s a fun and uplifting listen, bursting with acoustic and electric guitar, saxophones, organic, rich backup vocals and tons of Garifuna percussion. The obvious comparison is Paul Simon’s Graceland, but there are also moments of heavier Talking Heads-like funk."  LISTEN TO A PREVIEW
 
THE GARIFUNA COLLECTIVE ON TOUR
S E P T E M B E R
28 London, United Kingdom Netil House
29 Warsaw, Poland Cross-Culture Warsaw Festival
O C T O B E R
02 Prague, Czech Republic Palac Akropolis
03 Brussels, Belgium Moliere Theatre
04 Utrecht, The Netherlands Rasa
06 Bern, Switzerland Bee-Flat
 
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July 02, 2013 — 

Buy Ayó
Buy Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me


(To be released in Europe in September)
The Garifuna Collective "Ayó" Out Now! Danny Michel with The Garifuna Collective "Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me" Out Now!

THE EARLY REVIEWS ARE IN:

"Gently percolating, sashaying polyrhythms thread their way through a delicate, dreamy lattice of acoustic and electric guitars, creating a warm, translucent backdrop for one of three different lead vocalists. The music has some familiar Caribbean flavors sometimes Cuban, sometimes reggae but the stuttery grooves, characterized by forceful patterns on maracas and scraped turtle shells, are distinct to the Garifuna, who live in parts of Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Belize." - Chicago Reader

"It's a resilient, groovy, somewhat more modern expression of Garifuna culture, a subtle update of the soulful sounds of black Central Americans. It's also proof positive that the band's polyrhythmic, slinky music is not only surviving but flourishing. Ayo means goodbye and the album features some tributes to Palacio and another departed member, Justo Miranda, yet it's ultimately quite upbeat. Ayo is sure to appear on lots of world music year-end Best Of lists." - vita.mn

"For his 10th album Michel deepened his connection, living in Benque Viejo del Carmen and working with musicians from the Garifuna Collective and producer Ivan Duran, who’s helped popularize music from Belize. It’s a fun and uplifting listen, bursting with acoustic and electric guitar, saxophones, organic, rich backup vocals and tons of Garifuna percussion. The obvious comparison is Paul Simon’s Graceland, but there are also moments of heavier Talking Heads-like funk." - Now Magazine

"Before you even read this review, go buy this album. Don’t think twice. Don’t wonder if it’s deep or approachable. Don’t worry if it’s too long or short. Just sit down with it and give it your full attention. The very nature of combining Canadian acoustic songwriting with the Garifuna’s sunny world blend has my head spinning. This is the best kind of music and this is the best kind of album. Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me is gold wrapped in chocolate and dipped in sunshine." - Angelica Music

Buy The Album

The Garifuna Collective "Ayó"
 
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Danny Michel with The Garifuna Collective "Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me"
 
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New Music Video From The Garifuna Collective

June 27, 2013 — 

PopMatters.com has officially presented the premiere of the music video for the The Garifuna Collective's song Mongulu. The video premiere is presented in advance of the release of The Garifuna Collective's new album Ayó which will be available in stores Tuesday, July 2nd. Click here to read PopMatters' article which includes an interview with the producer Ivan Duran.

 

 

 

Click here to pre-order The Garifuna Collective's new album Ayó, or their collaborative effort with Danny Michel Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me. You can receive a 20% discount on your pre-order if you make your purchase between now and June 30th at the Official Cumbancha Store.

 

The Garifuna Collective are on tour in North America with Danny Michel right now! Check out our event listings to catch them in concert at a festival or venue near you.

June 13, 2013 — 

With the magnificent follow up to a world music masterpiece and a striking cross-cultural collaboration with Canada's Danny Michel, a young generation of Garifuna musicians carries the torch passed on by their late front man Andy Palacio.

Both albums to be released in the US on July 2 along with a North American tour

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June 07, 2013 — 

It has been six years since Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective released Wátina, an album that received unanimous acclaim and elevated the international profile of the music and culture of Central America’s Afro-Amerindian Garifuna community. On the cusp of tremendous fame, Palacio passed away suddenly at the age of 47 not long after Wátina was released, leaving many to wonder who would continue bringing the voice of his people to the world.

 

With the upcoming release of Ayó (“Goodbye” in the Garifuna language), out July 2 on Stonetree / Cumbancha, Palacio’s band proves they are up to the task, and with Wátina producer Ivan Duran of Stonetree back at the helm, they have created a magical album of soul-stirring songs that reflect the rich heritage and appealing sound of contemporary Garifuna music. With a lineup that consists of the best musicians in the fertile Garifuna music scene, The Garifuna Collective promises to carry the torch of cultural innovation and promotion passed on by Andy Palacio far into the future.

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MAY
30
Wurzburg
[Germany]
JUN
06
Munich
[Germany]
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07
Frick
[Switzerland]
JUN
08
[Switzerland]
JUN
10
Toulouse
[France]
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11
Toulouse
[France]

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