BELIZE CITY, Wed. Nov. 6, 2019– Students of Wesley College, as part of the activities leading up to Garifuna Settlement Day, will travel to Dangriga to participate in the Battle of the Drums contest, which will be held on Friday, November 8.
Edison Ogaldez, a senior teacher at Wesley College, said that the Battle of the Drums group has been practicing and that they are ready.
The Battle of the Drums competition for high schools will be held at the Stann Creek Ecumenical High School compound, and high schools countrywide will be competing. The Wesley College Battle of the Drums contingent will be led by the school’s principal, Joan Tillett, and Edison Ogaldez.
Ogaldez said that Wesley College will also host a Culture Day on Friday, November 15. On that morning, a re-enactment of the arrival of the Garinagu in Belize will be held in the sea in front of the Bliss Institute on Southern Foreshore, and the crowd will be led by drummers and singers down Albert Street to Wesley Church, where a Garifuna mass will be held.
After the mass, the crowd will again be led by the drummers through the streets of the city to the Yarborough field and basketball court, where an all-day fair, and cultural activities will be held.
Edison Ogaldez congratulates the board of management of Wesley College; the principal of Wesley College, Miss Joan Tillett; all parents and guardians of the Wesley College Battle of the Drums team; and all the faculty and staff of Wesley College for their continued support and participation in the Garifuna Settlement Day activities.
Feature photo: Wesley College drummers and dancers