Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019. 1:53 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Belize’s finest international group, The Garifuna Collective, just concluded the European leg of the ABAN (ONE) world tour.
The band played at prestigious festivals in 9 countries, crossing the continent to perform on stages like Denmark’s Roskilde Festival, the UK’s Africa Oyé, Germany’s Fusion Fest, the Slovenian Lent Festival, and others in Switzerland, Norway, Poland, the Netherlands and Belgium.
The performances captivated European audiences and the band is already getting ready to head to north for the second leg of the ABAN tour.
The North American tour begins this Saturday at the Montana Folk Festival, with more stops at the Calgary Folk Fest, The Cleveland Museum of Art, New York City’s Summerstage, the Richmond Folk Festival, and many more.
Their new album ABAN marks The Garifuna Collective’s first release since 2014’s Ayó, their tribute to Andy Palacio.
ABAN is set for worldwide release on September 15, 2019 on Stonetree Records.
The group left Belize this morning.
The performance dates are listed below:
July 13-14 – Montana Folk Festival, Butte, MO
July 17 – Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
July 20 – Grassroots Festival, Trumansburg, NY
July 21 – Music Haven concert series, Schenectady, NY
July 24 – Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
July 25 – Calgary Folk Fest, Calgary, AB
Aug 2 – Summerstage, New York, NY
Aug 16 – Invermere MusicFest, Invermere, BC
Aug 17 – Salmon Arm Festival, Salmon Arm, BC
Aug 22 – Spaces, Portland, ME
Aug 23-25 – American Folk Festival, Bangor, ME
September 15 – Los Angeles C.A Parade
September 20 – Globalquerque, NM
September 21 – Purdue, NM
September 27 – Town Hall Seattle
October 12 – Richmond Folk Festival
Tour Manager and senior band member, Al Ovando shared his excitement about the tour.
“We have worked very hard for this moment, we love representing our music and our country, every time we get on stage we feel the crowd hype up and dance with us from start to finish,” Ovando stated.
Veteran drummer Denmark Flores is also excited about the tour.
“We want to make everyone proud. The first shows in Europe have been amazing and we are excited to be out here representing and making new connections, representing Belize in the international scene,” expressed Flores.
Follow the adventure on social media @garifunacollective @stonetreerecords.
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