Poetic tribute by Adele Ramos (2008)
The skins of the primero and segunda resound
Rising in a rapid crescendo
Thundering that hip-swaying punta beat
Feet doing a fancy, seemingly effortless shuffle
Oh how the foreigners envy
The Belizean couple as they dance skillfully!
Celebrating the intangible heritage of our Garifuna culture!
They dance to his compositions:
Punta Medley, Ereba
And now the world knows Wátina!
Knows Belize in Central America!
His rhythmic guitar strums sweet sounds
Resonating melodies of the soulful Paranda
Oh, like Bob Marley – the great!
He was a redemption singer
Singing of Balisi, Yurumein, Africa
In signature style he sings
So powerfully the sound waves
Warm wintry hearts
The verve in his voice
Leaves one no choice but to listen…
You know whom I’m talking about
It’s Andy Palacio!
(Drums playing, dancing)
“Do you want me to take it slow, or do you want me to stop?”
And they reply: ‘til da mawnin! Let us listen, ‘til da mawnin!
Oh, Nanigi! We refuse to bid you farewell
But only whisper to you a soft…goodnight
The drums fade into deafening silence
As he departs peacefully, yet so suddenly
His heart—which gave us so much love—beats its last beat
He lungs—which chanted such sweet songs—took its last breath
And now in a mournful procession they go
United they go…Back to Barranco, they go
To replant the seed of our legacy
Our dearly beloved brother and friend, Andy P
We shall remember you!
Belize mourns you
Rest in peace, brother, icon and friend!
|(Dec. 2, 1960- Jan.19, 2008)|