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Warasa Garifuna Drum School

Punta Gorda, Belize
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About Warasa Garifuna Drum School
Warasa Garifuna Drum School is a cultural and educational landmark situated in the historic Saint Vincent Garifuna land on the edge of Punta Gorda town. Our traditional thatch museum and school, created from traditional materials only in the local historic style, and decorated with Garifuna cultural artefacts from the past 100yrs and also modern paintings and handicrafts, is a living museum. Guests may look around around at items on display, or choose a more hands-on way to experience the rich history and heritage of the Garifuna through an interactive lesson or performance in traditional drumming, dancing or drum-making for individuals or groups. Warasa also welcomes local Belizean school groups to this authentic educational site.
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Darlene M wrote a review Nov 2020
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The music and the explanation of the culture through the music was phenomenal. Had so much fun learning paranda and punta.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Holly E wrote a review Aug 2019
Saint Louis, Missouri11 contributions2 helpful votes
It is one of several immersive and rewarding things to do in Punta Gorda, whether you are a Belizean or a visitor. It would make an excellent team-building exercise for a business or group of teachers who are on retreat in the area. Discover your inner talent--or lack of. Either way, it's fabulous and inexpensive. The instructor Ronald McDonald (his real name) is patient, good-humored and an excellent teacher.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from WarasaDrumming, Owner at Warasa Garifuna Drum School
Responded Aug 20, 2019
Thanks so much for the review Holly - it means a lot to us! The McDonald family look forward to welcoming you again in the future :-)
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ambergreen wrote a review Jun 2019
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My friend and I had a drumming lesson and dancing lesson several months ago, and had a great time! The palapa was nice and cool and very beautiful, and Ivan taught us several rhythms and dances. It was a great activity to do even though we were just passing through the area.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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DrMucker wrote a review Sep 2018
Vancouver, Canada150 contributions33 helpful votes
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 drums and played for us the day we were there. When you get to the southern end of the country this is a great way to experience the real Belize ..check out our videos at DrMucker on youtube
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Date of experience: February 2018
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jacobjackson wrote a review Aug 2018
Palm Springs, California5 contributions5 helpful votes
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 the town for a day before heading elsewhere.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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