Posted: Monday, December 2, 2019. 4:35 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: It has been 11 years since Belize lost cultural icon and Ambassador of Garifuna music and culture Andy Palacio. This year just as the others, Belizeans at home and abroad take today, which would have been his 59th birthday, to reflect on the man and what he meant to Belize and the world.
A special mass is planned for this evening at St. Martin de Porres Church in Belize City followed by a tribute concert at the Lerisi Garifuna Restaurant on Marine Parade which concludes at 10:30 p.m. The National Garifuna Council has requested that radio stations dedicate an hour today to play Palacio’s award-winning music as a means of honoring his iconic work. The various branches of the council also held memorial church services to celebrate Palacio’s life.
Andy Palacio was born and raised in the southern, coastal village of Barranco. He was a man of service and took on several roles such as a teacher, and working in the public service in order to make life better for the people he interacted with. Palacio also served as a Deputy Administrator of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH).
Musically, his talent was unrivaled. Palacio won numerous awards for his work, which included 5 studio albums. Palacio won Best New Artist Award at the Caribbean Music Awards in 1991, the World Music Expo (WOMEX) Award in 2007, and the BBC3 Awards for World Music award in the Americas Category in 2008. Palacio was also named as the prestigious UNESCO Artist for Peace.
Breaking Belize News (BBN) joins with Belizeans at home and abroad in honoring the late, great, Andy Palacio.
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