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In Celebration of Garifuna Heritage Month

03/14/05
By: Jerry Castro
In Celebration of Garifuna Heritage Month

Why and How Garifuna News spread (Aba parte –Part 1)

Lachamuru Jerry Castro

In 2005, you may consider that the availability of Garifuna News and information is beginning to reach its peak, thanks to the works of websites and message boards .

But how did all this begin and why is the question you may ask yourself today? Frankly, the revolution the Garifuna community has engaged itself in today consists on the works of the many who paved the way to ensure that the future generation won’t go through the hardship our ancestors faced.

When I began to write news stories about Garifuna events and issues affecting the community early of the millennium, not many believed that the power of information and a computer will reach our communities as far as the Persian Gulf, Europe and remote places Garinagu reside in the world. This effort, however, was done due to the lack substance of information regarding the Garifuna community, what we faced and how we felt about decisions being made on our behalf in the decision making process without our presence. Today, that has changed. With the surge of new websites and information portals, the dissemination of news to our community and those who want to learn first hand about the Garifuna community has become a bit more essential as well as important for our development and evaluation of the future.

Writing news and editorials about the Garifuna community in the United States and around the world was not an easy task nor did I accomplish it alone. In fact, what influenced me to such was my interest on how the community felt about the results of the 2000 elections, let’s say and the growing concerns of immigration as well as the spread of AIDS within our communities. But most importantly, it was to promote the
values and the struggle of entertainment venue.

Since 1978, Pen Cayetano created and originated what we know today as Punta Rock.
Yes, many have disputed that claim, saying that it was the group known as “Goubana” who played Punta rhythm-like in parties in the late 60’s. That may be true, but the lack of documentation regarding their performances and how they identify their music is what lead to believe that the band may have been a “multi-rhythm” band playing meringue, salsa, calypso, etc. But it was the Turtle Shell Band composed of Punta Rock Gods like Pen Cayetano, Mohabob Flores, Myme and Faltas who created and blessed this movement as Punta Rock.

This my friends, it was what lead me to begin a process to which I hope we can continue to further nurture, empower and feed our future generation about the current accounts we are currently facing today.

Today Garifunas are powerbrokers in society in the many different fields of sports, finance, education, government, entertainment and clergy. Having the ability to distribute and create news about their agenda and how it affects and benefits our community…is the ultimate Garifuna experience.

Aba Isieni,


About the author:
Jerry Castro is the person known for his signature introduction of
“Lachamuru/Lafanseja – Written by” in his award winning articles on Garinet.com and many Garifuna websites. He was born in Livingston, Guatemala and has lived in the United States for the past 15 years. A college graduate, Mr. Castro’s involvement with his community has been praised by the international community.

Regarded as the “Mastermind” of Garifuna story telling, Mr. Castro now resides now in the US Capitol of the United States in Washington, DC and works with a non-profit organization as a Director of Community Relations in helping low-income families obtain jobs, healthcare and housing among other services.



SOUDIGUI * SOUDIGUI
STAY TUNED.
"Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Garifunaness"
Lidani Garifuna Times Magazine * Garifuna University * . 1998 - 2004, All Rights Reserved.

Other Articles By Jerry Castro
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04/27/05 Garifuna Web sites increasing the importance of news
04/19/05 Garifuna Heritage Events a success
04/19/05 Remembering Jimmy Suaso: A Punta Rock Lord
04/18/05 Friends, Fans and Family around the globe remembers Jimmy Suazo
03/29/05 The Lords of Punta Rock: Jimmy Suazo
03/22/05 Lidani Garifuna Times interviews Dr. Joseph Palacio
03/22/05 The Beginning of Punta Rock
03/18/05 How safe are we, the Garifuna, 50 years from now?
02/14/05 Valentine's with a Long Distance Connection and a Local Affect
05/13/04 Garifuna Soccer in Center Stage at the Asian Champ League
04/18/04 Punta Rock Loses One of its Artists: Jimmy Suazo
03/26/04 April 12 is a Garifuna Holiday, and Garifumericans are getting ready (Part 1)
03/20/04 Garifuna All Stars in the Bronx
03/19/04 Family passing in Guatemala...
01/27/04 How proud & Garifuna are you? Find out here...
12/10/03 BRONX COURT ORDERS GARIFUNA TRANSLATION TO A GARIFUNA DEFENDANT
11/27/03 Legendary composer, Polo Martinez, rests in peace
11/21/03 Tomas Brooks Is Strong And Fearless
11/17/03 LIVING IN THE STATES, MIND BACK IN LABUGA
11/07/03 CELEO ALVAREZ TAKES THE BRONX BY STORM: Why you should attend this important event!
10/27/03 ONECA Conference to go on: Celeo to meet Garinagu in November-Lamiselu II
10/25/03 Garifuna Coalition USA divorces ONECA
10/13/03 Garifuna community in New York and Borough President, Adolfo Carrion, Jr.
10/06/03 GARIFUNA MUSICAL REVOLUTION: BROOKLYN, NY - 10 YEARS AGO
09/09/03 Garifuna Collections of Jerry Castro: Essay 1 of 1
08/23/03 Garifuna Resident in the Bronx and his dreams of...
07/22/03 GARINAGU IN SEARCH OF A HEALTH CENTER IN LIVINGSTON
07/20/03 VILO GETS HOME AS A SUSPECT IS BEING HELD....






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