Garifuna Drum-Making

Garifuna drum-making lessons at Warasa show you the basics of making a Garifuna drum. Help us with some of the key steps: chisel, plane and sand a solid log into shape, prepare the ropes, jungle vine rings or wooden pins that fix the  deerskin hide and fix to the drum.  Add the bass or snare wires, and enjoy a quick demonstration of how a finished drum sounds.

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It is an intensive and time-consuming process to make a drum from start to finish.  Book a longer lesson if you want to learn more of the steps.

1005291_589282644466036_1265463871_nWe will show you how Garifuna drum-making is done the traditional way.  Prepare yourself to use or watch your teacher using power tools and get dusty!   You can simply watch or get hands-on.

Prices per person for a 1.5 hour lesson:

2-3 people: $45USD/$90Bz per person

4-8 people: $37.50USD/$75Bz per person

Please note if you are interested in making a quality, playable drum (not a poor quality and sounding imitation) from start to finish you will need to contact us several weeks in advance so we can do our best to secure a suitable log, deerskin and all the other materials, and you will need to be in the area for at least a week to allow time for the deer skin to be properly fitted, dried, the drum to be varnished several times etc.

Garifuna Drumming Lessons

Garifuna Drumming lessons can be booked for couples or small to medium size groups.  Each participant gets their own drum to play on. Your instructor Ray will make sure that everybody is having fun!

Garifuna drumming lessons begin with your instructor giving a brief background to Garifuna culture and music, including giving you a quick look at the structure of your drum. You’ll then learn how to hold and strike your large bass “Segunda” drum.  He will show you a basic rhythm, then he will play alongside you on the smaller Primero drum.  He will also sing a traditional Garifuna song while you play.  If you are lucky you will also have another Warasa instructor playing maracas and singing along! You will learn many rhythms, including Paranda, Punta, Chumba and more. Lessons are adapted to guests’ ability and are suitable for ages 5 – 105  and for complete beginners to experienced percussionists.

Price per hour per person:

2-3 people: $35USD/$70BZD per person

4-7 people: $25USD/$50Bz per person

8-11 people: $22.50USD/$45Bz per person

12-14 people: $20USD/$40BZD per person

15-20 people: $17..50USD/$35BZD per person

We have been teaching drumming lessons to guests from across the world for over 10 years now, and have even taught lessons in LA in the USA and in Brighton and Edinburgh in the UK! We can teach in English and Spanish.

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Garifuna Cultural Activities in Belize

Garifuna cultural activities at Warasa appeal to a wide range of guests. From interactive Garifuna drumming, dancing or drum-making lessons, to simply sitting back and enjoying a traditional performance, we can arrange it all! You can book your activity on our Reservation page or on the individual activity pages linked below.  If you have any problems booking through our website, email us or call us on +501 632 7701 or 628-2337 (both WhatsApp preferred).

Garifuna cultural activities

Enjoy an authentic, interactive drumming lesson as your instructor sings and plays along with you.  Or get stuck in with a drum-making session. Learn the traditional and modern ways of making our drums using solid wood logs, jungle vines, deerskin.  Learn about the plants and seeds used to make our maracas.  Move your hips and learn the traditional Garifuna dances.  Learn to make the traditional Garifuna lunch of “hudut”.  Or, just sit back and enjoy a traditional meal and professional group performance.

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