Postcards from Belize: Grupo Kese-Kese at Costa Maya Festival 2011

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚


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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning, Ethiopian-American travel writer, photographer and author of several Caribbean guidebooks for Moon Travel Guides, including Moon Belize, Moon Belize Cayes, and Moon Dominican Republic (October 2016). Her work focuses on Caribbean culture and adventure, and has been published in AFAR, CNN Travel, BBC, Delta Sky, The Guardian, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, and Every Day With Rachael Ray, among many others. Lily is also the 2016 recipient of the Marcia Vickery Wallace Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism for her Caribbean coverage, from the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Lily calls herself a โ€œculture-holicโ€โ€“she speaks four languages fluently and has lived in Cote dโ€™Ivoire, England, Jamaica, Belize, the Dominican Republic and traveled to some 30+ countries around the world. Last but not least, she is a former corporate attorney who ditched her Washington DC office for the road in 2009 to pursue her dream of becoming a storyteller. Lily holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish (summa cum laude) from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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  1. Yaffa 8 August, 2011 at 7:54 PM #

    Awesome trip to Belize, and your photos are exceptional. Waiting with great anticipation for more posts!!


  2. Marilyn Cutkelvin 8 August, 2011 at 8:28 PM #

    wow!… wish I was there to see that… cool indeed… I’m sure they were impressive!

  3. Julie 8 August, 2011 at 10:33 PM #

    That’s fantastic! I’d never heard of this group. Do you know if there’s any place where we can learn more about them and their music? Love the photos!

  4. Lebawit Lily Girma 8 August, 2011 at 10:53 PM #

    @ Yaffa, thank you!! Will be sharing lots more, thanks for following! ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Marilyn, you would’ve loved them… I was mesmerized! In fact all these cultural groups were SO fantastic.

    @Julie, thanks!! I hadn’t either, it was such a surprise, I think everyone in the audience was surprised actually! I wanted to talk to them but by time I got backstage they’d already changed and left!! (: I assumed I’d find them online but have not found even a website…I’ll see if I can find out from one of the festival organizers here.

  5. Rapo Green 10 August, 2011 at 1:26 AM #

    Hello Lily! How are you? ๐Ÿ™‚ My name is Rapo Green and I play with Kese Kese! : D your pictures are amazing! I love them! the dancer stolen camera! haha or not as we say in English haha
    You do not have other pictures where you see the power of the drums? oh yeah! haha
    Unfortunately we have no website but we remain connected by facebook. If you are offered something:
    My facebook is
    or look for me as Rapo Green
    Greetings and hope to return soon to San Pedro! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Rapo Green of Kese Kese

  6. Lebawit Lily Girma 10 August, 2011 at 9:21 AM #

    Hi Rapo! Thanks for getting in touch ! ๐Ÿ™‚ I will send you a message on FB. And oh yes I definitely have the power of the drum in my photos, I will be posting all photos from Costa Maya soon and will share some on your page as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep playing that great African sound!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Rapo Green 10 August, 2011 at 3:48 PM #

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Sounds like a good idea, because I loved your photos, your style, are great. See you soon:)
    And we will continue rocking the afro power.
    Many greetings! ๐Ÿ™‚

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