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“Man his hands are fast!”

Warasa Garifuna Drum School
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Family Fun Indigenous Garifuna Drumming Lesson
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Drumming Dancing and Dinner Indigenous Garifuna Style
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Full Day Garifuna Cultural Experience
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Punta Gorda
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Calgary, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Man his hands are fast!”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

Ray is a delightful,and talented drummer. We first met him at Hickatee Cottages for his Wednesday night drumming demonstration, then were treated to another performance with his group and dancers. Both events were fun and interesting and me trying to dance the Punta was something else, too. He is so much fun, but also deadly serious about restoring the Garifuna drumming and dancing in the community.

Visited February 2013
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Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Drumming With Ray”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

Great music taught and provided by Ray McDonald. Would recommend to all. Get your rhythm going and be ready to drum, dance and learn.

Visited September 2012
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The Dalles, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
326 reviews
176 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
“An evening of Garifuna drumming - recommended!”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

I enjoyed an evening of Garifuna drumming and instruction provided every Wednesday night at Hickatee Cottages. Ray is a talented drummer and has a knack for sharing basic information about Garifuna drumming so you can enjoy sharing rhythms with him from the start. I didn't attend the school but hope to on a future trip. Recommended!

Visited August 2012
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Kingston, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed September 11, 2012

This group cam e to our resort and played for us! they are truly amazing. Not only amazing music, but great sense of humour and gave us a history lesson about their people and how they arrived in Belize. Ronald was very entertaining!

Visited August 2012
Thank Krista S
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Victoria, British Columbia
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Music to preserve the Garifuna culture”
Reviewed July 10, 2012

The drumming and the story of the culture were amazing. The school is headed by a 29 year old who is affectionately named "Ronald McDonald".

Visited June 2012
Thank Tony S
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