Several music and dance groups from Belize and other Central American countries performed at the Costa Maya Festival in San Pedro this past weekend.
The best surprise for me at the festival, other than the Belize Dance Company: Kese-Kese.
Kese-Kese is a percussion group from Mexico. Except: their clothes are African and so are their instruments.
Mid-performance, the main drummer paused to introduce the group to the audience. He explained, in Spanish, how Kese Kese’s music is African-inspired. Then, he went on to thank the African continent for its huge contribution to music, and for being a constant source of inspiration to the group. How cool is that?!
The highlight of Kese-Kese: their dancer. I have much respect for her – it takes some serious courage and talent to get up there and dance like an African.