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 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 “culture-holic”–she speaks four languages fluently and has lived in Cote d’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. 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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