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 childhood. He is a former drummer, dancer and singer for the Belize National Dance Company. He has performed all over Belize and much of Central America.

About Ruth

Ruth is originally from Scotland and ended up moving to Belize in 2007, to volunteer for a local health charity. Originally she planned to stay for just a few months, but then she met Ray when he was playing drums at the 2008 Toledo Cacao Festival (now known as the Chocolate Festival of Belize), and the rest is history! She has continued to work in the health and development sector, and also makes Garifuna themed souvenirs and also beautiful sea glass jewellery – all available to buy from the Etsy links on this website or direct from her Etsy store!

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 begun in 2010.  The School has grown from borrowed drums and a rented house, to more than 20 of our own drums at our beautiful thatch palapa.

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Below are some Garifuna items and jewellery pieces made by us from sea glass collected in Belize.