Monday, May 12, 2008
The Andy Palacio Tribute Tour finished it’s North American run on a high note last week with a free concert to an enthusiastic audience at Lisner Auditorium in Washington DC. The tour was a celebration of the life and work of Andy Palacio, a tireless advocate for the music, language and culture of his Garifuna people, an Afro-Amerindian culture based in Central America. Palacio, who was experiencing a wave of critical acclaim for his 2007 album Wátina, died suddenly on January 19, 2008.
The tour featured members of the all-star, multi-generational Garifuna Collective, as well as singers from Umalali: The Garifuna Women’s Project along with special guests Aurelio Martinez, Lloyd Augustine and Paul Nabor. Throughout the tour, concert-goers recognized the significance of Andy’s work and experienced the strong foundation he set for Garifuna music on the world stage. The Tribute Tour continues in Europe this July with dates in Spain, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands and Austria.
Reviews of the tour have been unanimous in their praise. “The joyousness and spirit of community was palpable and it's hard to imagine that Palacio would have wanted it to be any other way,” wrote Tom Pryor of National Geographic Music in his piece on the tour’s opening date at Symphony Space in New York City. Brent Hallenback of the Burlington Free Press wrote of his deep sadness in the loss of Andy Palacio, however when the band came to the Burlington, Vermont nightclub Higher Ground, “riding the wave of Andy Palacio’s music, joy crushed sadness.”
Read Tom Pryor's review
Read Brent Hallenback's review
The Garifuna Collective and Umalali will be back in the states for a series of west coast performances beginning with Grand Performances in Los Angeles on August 29th. For regular news and current tour dates, visit www.cumbancha.com