Andy Palacio

Andy Vivian Palacio (December 2, 1960 – January 19, 2008) was a Belizean Punta musician and government official. He was also a leading activist for the Garínagu and their culture. Palacio was born and raised in the coastal village of Barranco and worked briefly as a teacher before turning to music. He sang mainly in Garifuna, an Arawakan language with a large number of words borrowed from Carib, French, and Spanish, but also composed English-only songs. He was the first musical artist from Belize to have a music video on international television. He received the award for "Best New Artist" at the Caribbean Music Awards in 1991, and was post-humously awarded the BBC3 Awards for World Music award in the Americas Category, in 2008. On March 14, 2007, Palacio released his last studio album, Watina, which he considered his masterpiece. The album features guest appearances from other prominent Garifuna artists including Paul Nabor and was produced by Ivan Duran at Stonetree Records. On January 17, 2008, " According to a press release from Stonetree Records He died in Belize at 21:00 hours on January 19 of "a massive and extensive stroke to the brain, a heart attack and respiratory failure." Many described him as a national Hero and a champion of the culture of Belize’s Garifuna people.

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