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Warasa Garifuna Drum School

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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...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
New Road, Punta Gorda, Belize
+501 666-3876
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Reviewed September 5, 2018

if you want to experience the culture of a people there is no better way than to spend some time here, They will teach about food dance songs drumming language of the Garifuna people, we had a great time while we watched as they made...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed August 14, 2018

Ray was a great guy - really friendly, and incredibly talented at both drumming and teaching. I loved the traditional thatch and surroundings and was lucky enough to see a toucan while we were there! Its worth stopping by even if you're just passing through...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

We booked the “Drum, Dance and Dine” experience which appears in the web site for USD22.5. We arrived there, a family of 6. The place looked abandoned and smelled bad. It was very hot and a lot of mosquitos. Only 1 person met us, he...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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WarasaDrumming, Manager at Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2018

Dear David, We are so sorry you didn't have a good experience - as you will see from all our other reviews, this is a first for us, and we think it was due to a miscommunication from our side, for which we sincerely apologise....More

Reviewed July 9, 2018

We participated in this drum school and dinner through Hillside International. Such a great experience for all. The beats kept us moving all night.More

Date of experience: August 2017
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WarasaDrumming, Owner at Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2018

Thanks so much for the great review Rachael, we're glad you had fun! Please do encourage all your Hillside companions to leave one too as we get most of our guests through our great TripAdvisor reviews and as a small family business every guests helps...More

Reviewed April 20, 2018 via mobile

I did a one-on-one session at the drumming school and had an amazing time! My lesson started off with Ivan who taught me about the Garifuna culture and some basic Garifuna rhythms. Then, Ronald taught me some challenging lead rhythms, per my request. Both of...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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WarasaDrumming, Owner at Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this reviewResponded April 21, 2018

Thank you for the great review Hannah - we're happy you enjoyed your lessons and the evening entertainment!

Reviewed March 11, 2018

We cycled out of Punta Gorda onto the dirt track towards the Mayan Mountains and were just beginning to wonder if we'd gone the right way when we saw the Warasa sign. Roland came out to meet us and we spent a great afternoon learning...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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WarasaDrumming, Manager at Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2018

Thank you so much for the lovely review Alison! Ronald is actually over here in Brighton at the moment but he didn't bring a drum with him - but maybe next time!

Reviewed February 26, 2018

This is a must when visiting Punta Gorda! Rhythm isn't something that comes natural to me but Ronalds patience and teaching style made it easy for me to pick up some basic beats! Thank you again and I can't wait to come back!!

Date of experience: February 2018
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WarasaDrumming, Manager at Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2018

Thanks so much for the great review Matt - we pride ourselves on being able to teach anybody at least one of the Garifuna beats and we're glad you're one of our many happy customers!

Reviewed February 4, 2018 via mobile

Super kind and welcoming! Learned some fun beats with an expert who is very involved with community work, then had a tasty dinner made by his family. Fun and Rastafarian vibes, if you’re visiting Toledo mostly and doing many Maya cultural activities, this is a...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed December 31, 2017 via mobile

We had a lot of fun at an evening performance at the drum school. Ray even had us up and dancing. A hint: Use bug spray. We forgot it and had bug bites on our legs. We honestly didn't care a lot for the food...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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WarasaDrumming, Owner at Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2018

Dear Carolyn - Thanks so much for the lovely review - sorry we forgot to remind you to bring bug spray - sometimes there are none, sometimes there are lots, all depending on how recently it has rained! It's a shame you weren't too keen...More

Reviewed December 26, 2017 via mobile

We spent the morning with Ray and his family learning Garifuna dancing and drumming. We even had a chance to help carve, sand and string a traditional drum. Even for the rhythm-challenged, this was an outstanding experience. Ray is talented and a very patient teacher....More

Date of experience: December 2017
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WarasaDrumming, Owner at Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2017

Thanks so much for the brilliant review Stacey, Martin & family! We're delighted you enjoyed the experience - we've had family groups of up to 4 generations enjoying themselves under our lovely thatch! We hope you had a Belizean Boxing Day to remember.

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