Andy Palacio / The Garifuna Collective

Decades: 1990s 2000s


Andy Vivian Palacio, 2 December 1960, Barranco, Belize, d. 19 January 2008, Belize. Playing guitar and singing from childhood, after working as a teacher, Palacio turned to music for his principal career. His music was rooted in his Garifuna heritage, but he also accommodated other Central American and Caribbean influences. In the early 80s a surge of interest in Garifuna music followed upon the success of Delvin ‘Pen’ Cayetano’s Original Turtle Shell Band at the 1983 New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival. In 1987 Palacio led the band in the UK, soon after gaining success with a solo career. His first big hit was ‘Nabi’, which became his nickname. Meanwhile, Palacio worked in non-musical yet culturally important areas. In 1991 he was named as Best New Artist at the Caribbean Music Awards. Continuing to develop his interest in the music of Belize, he was appointed head of the National Institute of Culture and History. In 2007, he was named...

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