My Article on Belizean Music on National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel Blog

I’m happy to report that my article, “The Music of Belize,” originally published on the Matador Network, was selected and included this week in National Geographic Intelligent Travel Blog’s “The Radar feature.

Discovering the diverse music of Belize was one of the most unexpected and fun highlights of my three-month journey there, from July through September.

I was lucky to experience several concerts, fairs and carnivals around the country – all part of the pre-celebrations for Belize’s 30th Independence this year.

Here are a few more of my posts on Belizean music:

Weekend Fun at Sir Barry’s Belikin Bash

Drumming in Hopkins, Belize

Carnival in Belize

Belize Independence Fever: Pan Yaad at the Belize House of Culture

A video I captured from my meeting with Belizean artist, national hero and greatest “Parandero” in the world, Paul Nabor:


And finally, Pen Cayetano’s latest song and video, as sent to me by his wife, Mrs. Ingrid Cayetano:

Pen Cayetano is the creator of Belize’s Punta Rock genre. He’s also a talented painter. I was invited to meet the couple after I wrote the piece on Belizean music, and really hope to get the chance to visit them in the near future.


For more on Belize in general, feel free to browse my Archives or use the “search” feature at the bottom of this page.


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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma has contributed writing and photography to CNN Travel, New York Magazine, AFAR, The Guardian, The Travel Channel, BBC Travel, and more. She is the author of MOON BELIZE, and MOON BELIZE CAYES for Moon Travel Guides. Lily is also currently writing a brand new edition of MOON DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (release Fall 2016). Lily is also AFAR's Jamaica Expert, and author of the AFAR Jamaica Country Guide. A serial expat, she's lived and studied on three continents, including Africa–from her native Ethiopia to Côte d'Ivoire–and Europe, and is fluent in four languages. A former attorney who ditched the office for the road in 2009, she favors all things culture, adventure and storytelling, and escapes Washington DC’s winters every year.

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  1. Alex Evans 16 October, 2011 at 4:40 PM #

    Great Videos! Paul Nabor is a living legend and right now we need as much video and audio documentation of his craft as possible.

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