By Aaron Humes: Belizean music has lost an immeasurable contributor to some of the most revolutionary music of the past decade, guitarist Ramon Eduardo “Guayo” Cedeño, 48, who died on Friday in his native Honduras.
He died of respiratory failure in hospital just two days after his wife gave birth to a son.
According to impresario Ivan Duran, their first collaboration was on the seminal Andy Palacio album Watina in 2006. His guitar work, Duran said, “paved the way for a new era in Garifuna music, adding a layer of musicality and soulfulness that has transformed Garifuna music forever.”
So much so that he became the go-to collaborator for Belizean performers such as the late Palacio, Umalali, The Garifuna Collective, and countryman Aurelio Martinez.
“In the studio, Guayo had only one rule: We all had to be ready to record his guitar at any given time. He used to say that whatever he played the first time he listened to a song was his true feeling. He was almost always right; all of his solos were either first or second takes. Yes, being with Guayo in the studio was often an otherworldly musical experience,” Duran recalled.
Cedeño also supported Palacio and Martinez on worldwide tours, bringing his style to rapturous crowds in person.
Cedeño’s sole recording is 2013’s Coco Bar, “a solo project of Caribbean surf guitar explorations” recorded at Stonetree’s Benque Viejo Town studio and its first instrumental album. Two follow-up albums were planned but never released.
Duran concludes, “Central America has lost one of its most gifted musicians, for the Stonetree sound and our Garifuna recordings, he is simply irreplaceable – we were all enriched by his immense contribution and are now impoverished by his loss. Thank you Guayo for sharing your gift with us. REST IN MUSIC.”
Cedeño’s family has started a GoFundMe campaign to assist his wife and children in these times of need: visit https://gofund.me/7a8c14ef.