The late Andy Palacio's band performs soul-stirring melodies and unstoppable Afro-Caribbean grooves. Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective's 2007 album Wátina is one of the most praised world music albums ever released, and was selected by amazon.com as the Greatest World Music Album of All Time (beating out Buena Vista Social Club, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti and other worthy contenders). On the cusp of tremendous fame, Andy passed away suddenly a year after Wátina was released, leaving the world to wonder just how big he could have become. His band has continued where Andy left off, and with Wátina producer Ivan Duran of Stonetree back at the helm, have produced the album Ayó, a soul-stirring collection of songs inspired by their unique Afro-Amerindian cultural heritage. With a lineup that consists of the best musicians in the fertile Garifuna music scene of Belize, Honduras and Guatemala, The Garifuna Collective promises to carry the torch of cultural preservation and promotion passed on by Andy Palacio far into the future. The Garifuna Collective's songs of heartbreak, hope and joy will move your body and your soul.
On this tour, The Garifuna Collective are joined by Canadian singer-songwriter Danny Michel, whose new album Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me was recorded in Belize with The Garifuna Collective. The album has received tremendous acclaim in Canada, including being nominated for a Juno (the Canaian equivalent of the GRAMMY) and the prestigious Polaris Prize. Together on stage, Danny Michel and The Garifuna Collective offer a powerful and appealing blend that brings out the best of two worlds. "The rootsy pop of prolific Canadian singer-songwriter Danny Michel has earned him a large and loyal following. He takes a significant stylistic detour on this, his tenth studio album, with superb results. [The Garifuna Collective] are a group of musicians from Belize, and the album was recorded on their home turf. The resulting fusion of Western pop and world music brings Paul Simon's Graceland to mind. For those us who can't afford a winter vacation in Central America, this gem is a lovely musical substitute." - Exclaim. "Blackbirds Are Dancing Over Me is one of the finest musical works of our time." - Larry Leblanc