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“A glimpse of Creole culture” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Maroon Creole Drum School

Maroon Creole Drum School
Joe Taylor Creek, Punta Gorda Central America, Belize
+(501)668-7733
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Ranked #10 of 13 Attractions in Punta Gorda
Type: Classes
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Owner description: At its new location in Punta Gorda, The Maroon Creole Drum School offers classes in Creole and West African drumming, drum making workshops and culture presentations as well as fire hearth cooking classes with traditional recipes. Handmade crafts and art are on sale too. Under the direction of Emmeth Young, one of Belize's most experienced and versatile drummers, the Maroon Drum School aims to educate, share and preserve the music and traditions of the Creole people of Belize. Emmeth is from the small village of Gales Point Manatee, settled by escape, or maroon, slaves in the late 1700's. The Maroon Creole Drum School's project "Drums Not Guns" directly supports local youth mentor-ship and cultural preservation.
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“A glimpse of Creole culture”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We combined a demonstration of Creole cooking with an evening drum lesson and enjoyed this experience whole-heartedly. Jill Burgess took us through the process of making a traditional Creole meal, from digging the cassava and picking the coconut, through all the steps of preparation. The final product was delicious, and the ingredients could not have been any fresher--many were picked right in front of us.

Emmeth is a master drummer, well-known for his Creole drumming, but he has also studied many different world traditions for drumming. His lesson included lots of background on the history of Creole drumming and a demonstration of some of the many drums he has made. Emmeth is a sought-after teacher by serious drummers, but his drumming lesson was still very accessible, even for someone like me, born with a congenital lack of rhythm. He was very patient, and helped even slow learners feel that they could follow along.

Overall, an awesome way to immerse yourself in Creole culture, and meet two very interesting people who are doing their part to preserve it.

Visited January 2014
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“Amazing Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Visited the Maroon Creole Drum School near Punta Gorda just previous to their new location. Emmeth Young is exceptional and very motivating. He is one of Belize's treasures for traditional based Creole drumming. He very likely knows more rhythms than anyone on earth or so it seems. His workshop was motivating and provided a great educational experience. All this helps to preserve the music and tradition of Creole Drumming. Punta Gorda is a bit off the usual tourist track which is a welcome relief. The town is a beautiful small community to visit. We were honored to experience an educational session with local school children from a nearby Mayan village. The school children received instruction and hands on experience playing the drums. What a great day that was! We hope to return there again.

Visited August 2012
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“An Incredible Cultural and Musical Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

If you are anywhere near Punta Gorda during a trip to Belize, make sure you include a visit to the Maroon Creole Drum School. You will not be disappointed. Master drummer, Emmeth Young, and his talented wife, Jill Burgess, are the perfect hosts. Whether you go to watch and participate in one of the drumming performances or make a drum, the experience is thrilling and magical. Just watching Emmeth play with such incredible heart and soul is worth the trip! Add to that the fact that Jill is an amazing gourmet cook who can cook local cuisine with a flair, as well as a talented artist in her own right and you have the combination for an awesome cultural experience! You don't want to miss this!

Visited July 2013
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