Party and prayer

By BANNING EYRE  |  July 24, 2007

“Weyu Larigi Weyu (Day by Day)” draws on sacred rhythms in a prayer for survival, as does the moody closer, “Amuñegü (In Times To Come).” But the most satisfying songs are more upbeat, like the hook-laden “Miami,” a lively paranda with lyrics decrying the real-estate development that drives Garifuna from their ancestral lands. “Beiba (Go Away)” uses percussion-laden, one-chord Garifuna funk to scold a drunken husband. The album isrich with voices, drums, and acoustic and electric guitars, but never so fussy as to squelch the session’s spontaneity. And the presence of Nabor, a weathered septuagenarian with a reedy voice, offers a living metaphor for the idea of cultural survival.

Andy Palacio and the Garifuna Collective | Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston | August 1, 7:30 pm | 617.369.3306
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