The Story Of An Apolitical Music In Honduras

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Tikita Tikita: The story of an apolitical music in a politically charged time Punta is upbeat music with lyrics that are mostly about having a good time. What was happening in the country to necessitate this musical distraction? Time between the late 1960s up until 1990 were eventful times in Honduras in which the country was going through cultural, economic and political changes. The question being was that punta an escape for its listeners, as escape from the unstable affairs of Honduras.
Honduras, a central American nation, the home of Punta/Garifuna music. During this time the people that lived in the northern Caribbean coast of Honduras otherwise known as the Garifuna began to play, popularize, and spread their own music known as Punta. As the music began to spread and
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Vincent Dominica. The Garifuna people were exiled by the British from St. Vincent and Dominica, then shipped off to Central America and some of these people landed in Roatan, an island off the Caribbean coast of Honduras. Garifuna people and culture soon spread to mainland Honduras landing in Tela, La Ceiba and Trujillo and this occurred in the early nineteenth century while the Spanish were still in control of Honduras. The name “Punta” is what the Honduran people call the music but what the Garifuna people call the music is banguity which to them means “new life.” During Garifuna wakes the people will play and dance their traditional music so as to celebrate the life and have one last party in the name of the recently deceased so as to a cheerful send-off. As said by Fausto Miguel Alvarez, a teacher from the town of Cristales in Honduras, “People dance, because even though this one Garífuna has died, another thousand will be born." Here new life is understood to be the new life created in the wee hours of the morning after people go home.” These are a people who are in touch with their

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