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Brukdown explosion! Lee Laa and Mr. Peters, release new albums

Lovers of Brukdown music will no doubt be ecstatic over the new releases of the fabulous entertainer, Lila (Lee Laa) Vernon, and the ?Godfather of Brukdown Music,? the legendary Wilfred Peters.

Both produced by CAYE Records in Los Angeles, California, the albums bring to life this Afro-centric music that folk storytellers say reached its peak and remained alive and strong during the era of the mahogany camps.

John Alexander Watler revives The Story of Belize City

In exactly one week, celebrated Belizean playwright, novelist and poet, John Alexander Watler, 67, will release his latest work ? a compact disc compilation of three of his most popular pieces: The Story of Belize City (1979), a historical and cultural poem; While they fight/I write (1981), a political poem; and A Grand Tour of Monkey River (1993), an environmental poem.

XCHANGE – youth voices on the media

About 35 young people from across the country held a discussion with the media late Wednesday, August 24, as a part of a one-week youth leadership program, called XChange.

Present at the discussion were representatives of Integrity Radio, KREM FM and KREM TV, Amandala, and Fer de Lance Productions.

Queen of the Bay pageant Friday, September 2

(Left to right) Leisha Pollard, Keera Ford and Delonie Flores

The September celebrations are next month, and as part of the activities scheduled to take place this year to commemorate 10thSeptember, the Queen of the Bay pageant is scheduled to take place on Friday, September 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Belize City Center.

The team for this year?s celebration is ?Diverse people, diverse views, one goal; betterment for all,? which was submitted by Gena Thompson, and chosen by the September Celebration Committee.

 

Learn and Earn

?I want to continue?? ?Griga youths say

Learn and earn. The concept of teaching single mothers and young people a trade from which they can earn a living is the foundation of a month-long program that is being held at the Buyei Juan Lambey Institute.

Since July 18, over 20 participants have been learning to make a variety of crafts, including drums and cups from bamboo, shakas and cups from calabash, miniature matas from mahogany, graters (egi in Garifuna), and small boats from teak hardwood.

1st Annual Belize Jazz Festival a smashing success!

?The show has, indeed, gotten rave reviews from many of those who attended.?

Belize?s most renowned saxophonists, John Moody, Pablo Clarke and his son Ronnie Clarke, Chris Bradshaw, and Norman Ysaguirre, as well as trombone player Lucio Enriquez, blew away the audience with their soul-touching performances at the 1stAnnual Belize Jazz Festival, held at the Bliss on Friday night, July 28, 2005.

The debut festival lasted nearly four hours and saw the performances of a wide array of artistes, male and female, veteran and new, young and not so young. Among them were Frankie Rhys on keyboards and his wife, singing sensation Diana Rhys; the flashy songbird, Jeanette Dyer; the soft-spoken diva, Jenny Lovell; the symphonic duo - Sam Hamilton and Zoila Clarke; and the soulful nightingales - Ernestine Carballo and Tanya Carter.

 

1st Annual Belize Jazz Festival a smashing success!

?The show has, indeed, gotten rave reviews from many of those who attended.?

Belize?s most renowned saxophonists, John Moody, Pablo Clarke and his son Ronnie Clarke, Chris Bradshaw, and Norman Ysaguirre, as well as trombone player Lucio Enriquez, blew away the audience with their soul-touching performances at the 1stAnnual Belize Jazz Festival, held at the Bliss on Friday night, July 28, 2005.

Reconnecting ? the Cayetanos visit from Germany

?My music had roots which I?d dug up from my own childhood, musical roots buried in the darkest soil.?
?Ray Charles

A tree cannot survive if its roots aren?t buried in the right kind of soil. It is this eternal truth that has brought back the entire Pen Cayetano family to Belize to reinvigorate the connection of the Cayetano children?Beni, Mali and Ibo?with their native country Belize.

The Germany-based family arrived in Belize on Monday, July 27, 2005, and are due to leave on August 19.

 

 

Pioneer getting ready for new adventures

91-year-old Jack Guild, and his nephew, Emerson Guild, of Zericote Street, Belize City, say that they are working to revive an old tug boat, preparing it to fish in offshore Belize under a new project targeted at 30 youths.

Guild pointed out that the boat is painted red, green and black, in the colors of Marcus Garvey?s Black Star Line. The symbolism in this is that the steamship line was Garvey?s vision, though a failed one, for returning Blacks to economic independence.

Changing the Coat of Arms

Today, most versions of the Coat of Arms have a fair-skinned and a Black man. Still others have eliminated the Black man altogether, putting in his place two fair-skinned men.

For the benefit of our readers, and especially the young generation, we reproduce the original rendition of the Coat of Arms, one of the national symbols of Belize, and explain its original meaning.

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