The Battle of the Drums Competition & Show allows groups to compete and display their musical artistry in playing five different categories of Garifuna drumming. The first Battle of the Drums was held in Punta Gorda Town on November 17, 2006. This Competition & Show is held annually on the Saturday immediately preceding the 19th of November.
The proceeds from the Battle of the Drums Initiative are strictly used to pursue various cultural retrieval activities as outlined in the Battle of the Drums main programs. The activities are mainly undertaken in Punta Gorda Town & other Garifuna communities as the funds allow.
The Battle of the Drums initiative is the brainchild of Mr. Darius Avila, a businessman of Punta Gorda Town. The initiative is spearheaded by The Battle of the Drums Secretariat comprised of the following leaders from Punta Gorda Town:
Belize City, Belize,
Ugundani Dance Group
This group will be representing the old capital of Belize, Belize City.
This group will be representing the beautiful town of Dangriga.
This group will be representing the beautiful village of Hopkins. They are the 2011 Winners.
This group will be representing the beautiful village of Seine Bight.
To Be Announced
This group will be representing the beautiful town of Punta Gorda this year.
This group will be representing the beautiful village of Barranco this year.
This group will be representing the beautiful village of Baja Mar, Honduras this year.
Lirahüñü Gulfu Iyumoun,
Lirahüñü Gulfu Iyumoun
This group will be representing the beautiful town of Livingston, Guatemala this year.
This year we are hosting the 2nd Annual High Schools Battle of the Drums.
This is a Garifuna Cultural Talent Show for women over 45 years old. This Contest provides a forum where our more “matured” Garifuna women can display their creative talent. A Show of this nature provides great entertainment and is generally well received by the audience.
This Talent Show will showcase the “raw talent” that our children have. Each presentation has to be done in Garifuna and each participant will receive a prize.
This Contest has the participation of seven (7) primary schools. It is a contest that tests the participants’ ability to translate different words, phrases and sentences from Standard English to Garifuna. The preparation for this quiz allows the participants to become familiar with various Garifuna words, phrases and expressions and the students who attend the contest are also afforded the opportunity to learn how to say certain words and phrases in Garifuna.
This event brings people together from all walks of life to socialize, network and enjoy an evening of good food and great Garifuna music. It will showcase Garifuna Cuisine fused with contemporary cooking styles, dishes and menus prepared by executive chefs from throughout Belize. It will also feature local and national Garifuna musical performers performing great paranda and other Garifuna music. Performers will include Paul Nabor, Mario and the Umalali Group, Godfrey Sho and the Culture Dynamics and Lascelle Martinez and the PG Vibes.
The Battle of the Drums Competition and Show is a drumming competition and show that allows groups to compete and display their musical artistry in playing five (5) different categories of Garifuna drumming.