WOMEX 2002 saw the first attendance for Garifuna musician Andy Palacio from Belize. By then, he was a star within the Garifuna community and around Central America, but WOMEX was Andy's first big break in the West, and by 2007, he'd released his masterpiece album 'Watiná' and won a WOMEX Award alongside his producer, Ivan Durán.
If you click on the link you can watch Andy playing the track 'Lidan Aban' in 2007 – bonus points for spotting this year's WOMEX Showcase artist Guayo Cedeño on guitar!
(Photo: Tony Rath)
article submitted by:Claudia Budke, Piranha Arts