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Ray McDonald's Warasa Garifuna Drum School

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Address: New Road, Punta Gorda, Belize
Phone Number: +501 632-7701
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Owner & musician Ronald Raymond McDonald provides a hands-on way to...

Owner & musician Ronald Raymond McDonald provides a hands-on way to learn about Garifuna drumming and culture. Experience the rich history and heritage of the Garifuna whilst learning the different traditional drumbeats & dance rhythms that influence music throughout Belize and Central America.

Located in the peaceful coastal town of Punta Gorda, Belize, Warasa and its local founder Ray, provide lessons and performances to suit any individual or group requirements; whether you are looking to build your own drum to take home, dance to the Punta rhythms or simply learn some basic Garifuna drum beats we can meet your desires. Along with this, half-day packages and group performance by the Warasa Garifuna drum group are also available.

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Amazing cultural experience!

Ray, Ivan and their father were absolutely fantastic! I really enjoyed learning more about the history of the Garifuna people, and we had a great time learning the different... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ray, Ivan and their father were absolutely fantastic! I really enjoyed learning more about the history of the Garifuna people, and we had a great time learning the different rhythms and dances (they were so patient with us!!!). We chose the drum and dance lesson (they also offer a traditional Garifuna meal as an alternative/additional experience). Well worth the visit!

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Thank DawnMR
Venus, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015 via mobile

This was the best culture experience I've experienced in Belize!! Absolutely love Ray and his family!!! Great experience and a must see. They are so accommodating.

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Thank Etidwell143
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

The place is so authentic! I absolutely love Ray McDonald! He was an amazing historian and so genuine about doing what he loves which is music! He gave us an amazing view of the Garifuna culture! He gave us immediate love and genuinely! It is definitely a place you want to visit in Punta Gorda. The family even treated us... More 

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ruthalicesherratt, Manager at Ray McDonald's Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this review

Dear Alexis - thank you so much for the great review - we love it when guests come to eat hudut because there's normally some left over for us! Hope you make it back one day... More 

Lebanon, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

If you find yourself traveling to Punta Gorda, make sure you visit Ray McDonald and his family for the ultimate Garifuna experience. Even though you will likely be meeting Ray for the first time, he immediately takes you in as part of the family to share and teach the Garifuna culture with you. The Garifuna cultures is one of the... More 

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ruthalicesherratt, Manager at Ray McDonald's Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this review

HI Jacob - glad you finally got around to reviewing us after all your visits! Thanks for getting us one step closer to No. 1 in PG! Hope you make it back to PG one day... More 

Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

This is so long overdue! My friend and I went to learn the drumming and the process of creating a drum and it was awesomesauce! This was an amazing experience! The family is so inviting and very knowledgeable. They really create a very inviting cultural experience. Go with a group! It is more fun that way! This hands-on experience should... More 

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ruthalicesherratt, Manager at Ray McDonald's Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the great review and thanks for being the first reviewer to call us "awesomesauce" :-) More 

Hope, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Ray McDonald is a genuine, very likable and patient teacher. He takes the time to explain the history behind his music. He has a kind sense of humour that makes amateur drummers laugh when their fingers and hands get tangled in the Garifuna rhythms.

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Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Ray is incredibly passionate about the Garifuna culture and shared his people's stories with us. The kids loved learning Garifuna beats and we laughed a lot together. We were able to learn a number of Garifuna drum beats well enough to play along with his rhythms and singing. This is a must do when in PG.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 via mobile

Ray led us around his very typical Belizian home to a beautiful covered space filled with sand and drums. I really enjoyed the background history of the Garifuna people. It was s delight to watch the pride on both Ray's and his dad's faces. Ray was patient and energetic through the lesson. It was thrilling to play the background while... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 via mobile

Ray is extremely passionate about his music and the Garifuna culture which shines through. This gives you a very authentic experience and something 'off the beaten track' yet structured enough to make a great afternoon excursion. Warasa offer many different products from authentic performances to drum making lessons. Ray is a great teacher and you may even meet some of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

As the last stop on a 5 culture day tour, this was a fantastic way to finish the day! Ray is a great instructor, very welcoming and informative. Even though some of us had no rhythm, we all had a lot of fun and laughs!! We did this as part of a full day tour, but I know that sessions... More 

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ruthalicesherratt, Manager at Ray McDonald's Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review - we are delighted that you enjoyed yourselves! You are absolutely right lack of rhythm doesn't matter and often makes the class even more fun :-). If you are ever back in PG and want to try out any of our other activities then get in touch. More 

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