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The music in Belize is a combination of drumming, steel drumming and reggae. There is a variety of music, but there is a lot of drumming.
 
There is popular music, too, and Spanish music is very influential.
 
This is definitely a younger generation that is into DJs that I really do not even know.  We have many local musicians here, but they are just playing your favorites. People are not really craving for new music down here. They just play the songs that they know and love, with their own interpretation. 
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The music of Belize is expressed in voices and instruments ranging from The Benque Viejo Benque Viejo Marching Band in Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingMarching Band (to the right); Belizean Mayan flautist, Pablo Collado (bottom); traditional Belize marimba music played by The Benque House of Culture Marimba Academy; and the Afro-Amerindian world music of The Garifuna Collective spurred on by Ivan Duran of Stonetree Records in Benque Viejo - the beauty of their music is as diversified and unique as the country of Belize.
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Garifuna drummers, Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingBelize has a lot of Caribbean influence, even though we are right in the middle of Central America. We have a lot of fast music of Caribbean influence. We also have a lot of people who listen to Spanish music and we have everything in between. We have country music and western influenced music, such as the music of Beyonce and Shakira, too. There are a lot of different music genres in Belize.  
 
We have a traditional type of music in Belize from the Garifuna, called the "Punta Rock." The Garifuna bring out drums and other instruments and dancing is one way for them to socialize. (Garifuna drummers, pictured.)
 
In Belize, there are so many different types of dancing that go with each song and for each occasion. There is a traditional dance for a funeral ceremony and there is a traditional dance for a wedding ceremony.
Tamrah Lozano of Boris Mannsfeld & Associates – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Belize Garifuna dancers – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe music of Belize is a mix of has a mix of Mestizo, Kriol, Garifuna, and Maya.  Here’s a little about each one: 
  • Mestizo – the tradition of the Cabeza Del Cochino (otherwise known as the “Hog Head”) is held at a festival for a good year, signifying the health and wealth of the family making the offering.
  • Kriol – (otherwise known as “British Creole”) celebrate “bruk down”, which is a type of calypso “broken down”.
  • Garifuna – The musical style associated with the Garifuna is the Punta, in which dancers move their hips back and forth.
  • Maya – The Deer Dance is a pantomime depicting a hunter.

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