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Address: New Road, Punta Gorda, Belize
Phone Number: +501 632-7701
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Description: The hands-on way to learn about Garifuna drumming and culture.Learn about...
The hands-on way to learn about Garifuna drumming and culture.Learn about the rich history and culture of the Garifuna while learning the different traditional drumbeats that influence music throughout Belize and Central America. Located in the peaceful coastal town of Punta Gorda, Belize, Warasa and its founder, local drummer Ronald Raymond McDonald, provide lessons to suit everyone. Individual lessons or half-day packages on drumming, drum-making, dancing and group performances are also available, as well as performances by Warasa Garifuna drum group. Warasa is now featured in the 2011 editions of Lonely Planet Belize and Moon Belize guidebooks.
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Garifuna delight

Ray was a helpful energetic teacher who hoed us understand the story behind many of the songs as well as the incredible history of the Garifuna in Belize. I'm looking forward to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 6, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015 via mobile

Ray was a helpful energetic teacher who hoed us understand the story behind many of the songs as well as the incredible history of the Garifuna in Belize. I'm looking forward to going back on our next trip to Belize.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015 via mobile

I've always been into listening to music rather than playing it but trying out the Garifuna drums with Ray is so much more than just playing drums. He's a very patient teacher and will make sure you feel like you learned something before you leave even if it means adding some free time. When he starts to play and sing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015 via mobile

Our group enjoyed an evening of drumming with Ray and his family. He is extremely talented, friendly and knowledgeable about his culture. It was wonderful to see his whole family involved in every aspect from the drumming to the food to the souvenirs. The hudut fish dish was delicious!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We had the pleasure of meeting Ray at Hickatee Cottages where he spent time drumming as well as teaching my husband to drum. Ray is so talented and very patient with beginners. He made my husband feel very comfortable with his first time drumming. I highly recommend Ray as someone who can teach you a great deal about the art... More 

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

Thank you so much for your lovely review - we really appreciate you taking the time to leave a review and hope you make it back to PG again and have time to fit in a visit for a full lesson under our beautiful thatch next time! More 

Ladysmith, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We brought a group of 21 baking and culinary students from Canada, to tour through the Toledo District with a focus on all the items we use in North America (chocolate, spices, vanilla, coffee, sugar cane, etc.) on a daily basis; plus we included many cultural (and fun) activities as well. Our group arrived in the Belize airport in the... More 

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

Dear Ken - thank you so much for the shining review - we felt very privileged to be your group's first stop in Belize, even before the hotel! Please spread the word! More 

Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Ray took me on a rythm tour through Garifuna beats. It was fun. He would teach me a basic rythm, then he would riff off rhat.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Ray is incredibly passionate about preserving the Garifuna culture, and it comes through in his teaching. I was not an experienced drummer, but was able to learn a number of Garifuna drum beats well enough to play along with his rhythms. I had such a good time I went back for more!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We visited Warasa Garifuna Drum School in December for a fun morning of drumming, culture, dancing and drum making lessons. Ray and his father are not only great teachers, but great musicians as well. The drum lessons are of course the highlight and worth it in and of themselves, but don't miss a chance to learn about the culture and... More 

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

Dear Jim - thank you so much for the review and we are so glad your family enjoyed yourselves. Thanks also for posting some wonderful pictures! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Anyone looking to have a great night of music and delicious food should go to the Warasa Drum School. Ray and his family are fantastic musicians and great teachers, and even the non-muscially inclined folks in our group had a blast! Plus, the typical Garifuna dinner they made for us was delicious. A great experience!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We visited this school during a city tour of Punta Gorda with one of the guides from the Belcampo Lodge. Both Ray and his wife were very gracious and took the time to explain Garifuna culture and the drum making process to us. Ray is making it his personal mission to keep the Garifuna culture alive through his drum school.... More 

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Additional Information about Ray McDonald's Warasa Garifuna Drum School

Address: Address: New Road, Punta Gorda, Belize
Phone Number: +501 632-7701
Location: Central America  >  Belize  >  Toledo District  >  Punta Gorda
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 15 - 15

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