A FirstWorks Summer Beats Concert: The Garifuna Collective
- 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, 02907
- June 25, 2023
This multi-generational music ensemble is the living embodiment of a unique Afro-Caribbean heritage. As representatives of the Garifuna people, a distinct language and cultural diaspora spanning the Central American coastline, these musicians harness the indomitable energy of their African and Indigenous ancestors. Their irrepressible, positive energy inspires a joyful celebration at each performance.
The Garifuna Collective has performed in over 30 countries across 5 continents and was part of the most celebrated global albums of all time: the critically acclaimed “Wátina,” recipient of the Womex and BBC World Music Award and voted the Number One World Music Album of All Time by Amazon.
The powerful sound of the two traditional Garifuna drums – the Primero and the Segunda – sparks feverish dance floors over a foundation of ancestral beats. Driving maracas, turtle shells, guitars and swinging bass grooves blend with powerful call and response vocals to tell stories through music, dance, and traditional costume.The Garifuna people are the descendants of an Afro-Indigenous population from the Caribbean island of St Vincent who were exiled to the Honduran coast in the eighteenth century and subsequently moved to Belize. Learn more
FREE, ALL-AGES MUSIC WORKSHOP: 4:00-5:00 PM
Members of Garifuna Collective will teach an interactive workshop on Garifuna drums, rhythm, and culture. Through the Primero and Segundo drums, these musicians will teach the techniques and patterns that make up the Punta and Paranda rhythms and share the history of the mixed free African, Indigenous, and Caribbean ancestry that tell the story of the Garifuna people.
A limited number of drums will be available for attendees, or feel free to bring your own! This event is for the whole family and will be in English and Spanish—all ages and experiences are welcome!
- Presented By: Roger Williams Park Conservancy
- Dates: June 25, 2023
- Location: Roger Williams Park Bandstand
- Address: 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, 02907
- Phone: (401) 421-4278
- Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
- Price: Free and open to the public