About Warasa Garifuna Drum School

About Warasa Garifuna Drum School

About Warasa Garifuna Drum School

About Ray

Warasa Garifuna Drum School is the dream of its founder and master drummer and teacher, Ronald Raymond McDonald.

Ronald, or Ray, learned drums by watching his family group from early childhood. He practiced on his mother’s pots and pans, school desks, buckets, chairs – anything he could find!  By the time he was a teenager he was already regularly playing along with his family’s group, called Umalali.  His talents were soon spotted, and as a young adult he was recruited to be a drummer, dancer and singer for the Belize National Dance Company.  He left after a couple of years when he found full-time employment as a security guard with the government, but resigned in 2011 so that he could focus on the drum school.  He has performed all over Belize and much of Central America, and has also played along with his wife Ruth at the renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2016.

About Warasa Garifuna Drum School

Ray is passionate about his culture, and for many years his dream was to start a drumming schoool and teach others about his culture.

With the help of his wife Ruth, Warasa (which means “our culture”), was started in 2010.  The business began with drums borrowed from his dad and lessons from a spare bedroom in a rented house.    Ray then learned how to make his own drums with the help of his uncle.  Then, Warasa received a grant from the Sustainable Tourism Project. The grant helped to build a beautiful thatch palapa, make more drums, design souvenirs and more!  We now have over 20 drums at any one time and can host up to 30 guests .  We work with both locals and visitor to promote the Garifuna culture and music, and educate others about the unique history.

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