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Warasa Garifuna Drum School

New Road, Punta Gorda, Belize
+501 632-7701
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Family Fun Indigenous Garifuna Drumming Lesson
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Full Day Garifuna Cultural Experience
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Owner & musician Ronald Raymond McDonald provides a hands-on way to learn about Garifuna drumming and culture. Experience the rich history and heritage of the Garifuna whilst learning the different traditional drumbeats & dance rhythms that influence music throughout Belize and Central America. Located in the peaceful coastal town of Punta Gorda, Belize, Warasa and its local founder Ray, provide lessons and performances to suit any individual or group requirements; whether you are looking to build your own drum to take home, dance to the Punta rhythms or simply learn some basic Garifuna drum beats we can meet your desires. Along with this, half-day packages and group performance by the Warasa Garifuna drum group are also available.
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
New Road, Punta Gorda, Belize
+501 632-7701
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Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Found this by accident while visiting friends in the area. Highlight of our trip. Even with a broken arm (my 15 year old) & a mom with little coordination we experienced this amazing cultural activity of learning, listening, and participating. It was EPIC. So much...More

Thank Heather E
WarasaDrumming, Owner at Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2017

Dear Heather - I'm glad you came across us and hope you make it back one day!

Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

My girlfriend and I unexpectedly found ourselves with a day or two to spare in Punta Gorda while we waited for hurricane Earl to blow over, so dropped an email to Ray at the Garifuna drumming school to arrange an email for the next day....More

Thank Arthur L
Reviewed 31 July 2016

One of the highlights of our trip to Punta Gorda was learning about Garifuna culture and learning to play Garifuna drums from Ray McDonald at the Warasa Drum School. Ray is a wonderful and patient teacher in addition to being a superb drummer and singer....More

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Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

We had a great morning today with Ray and his family. Loved learning about the culture and helping to make the drums. Ray is so cute and fun to be around and his energy is just an added bonus. Don't miss this if you are...More

1  Thank deborah s
Reviewed 29 March 2016

I say this because I was here over Easter weekend 2016, and into the following week, and the Chocolate Factory has been closed the entire time! Emory, on the other hand, responded to my e-mail for a lesson, and came to the hostel to pick...More

Thank Crystal N
Reviewed 22 March 2016

It was a fun experience, and really fantastic food! I feel like I learned a lot about the Garifuna culture.

Thank KelsGaud
Reviewed 13 March 2016

I was lucky enough to experience drumming while on the Toledo Culture trail. For one and half hours I was mesmerized by Ronald and his family. When I arrived, a large group had to cancel, so I had a private lesson. Never in my wildest...More

Thank cutie39
ruthalicesherratt, Manager at Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2016

Thank you so much for such a glowing review! I think this is our favourite review of all time - you're not our first and certainly won't be our last grandparent at Warasa (we had a 72 year old grandmother and her 14 yr old...More

Reviewed 5 March 2016 via mobile

Ray McDonald's Warasa Garifuna drummers came to Cotton Tree Lodge while my boyfriend and I were staying there for a night of drumming and dancing. We had an absolute blast learning about the Garifuna culture, listening to the drumming and singing, and learning some dance...More

Thank Priscilla M
ruthalicesherratt, Manager at Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2016

Dear Priscilla - thank you so much for the great review - we're glad you loved the performance at Cotton Tree and hope you make it back to Toledo one day and visit us at our beautiful traditional thatch palapa for another performance or a...More

Reviewed 25 February 2016

this is an excellent school. Learn to make a drum and how to play some basic patterns. I recomment this highly

Thank david s
Reviewed 11 January 2016

Ray, Ivan and their father were absolutely fantastic! I really enjoyed learning more about the history of the Garifuna people, and we had a great time learning the different rhythms and dances (they were so patient with us!!!). We chose the drum and dance lesson...More

Thank DawnMR
ruthalicesherratt, Manager at Warasa Garifuna Drum School, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2016

Dear Dawn - thanks so much for the lovely review - it really means a lot to us a small family business. We hope you come back again and try out some other activities! Please spread the word about Warasa - all the best, Ray,...More

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