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Sep 15, 2005

Maroon Kriols release debut CD

Story PictureYou may have seen them last week at the House of Culture. They’re called the Maroon Kriols and if you liked them live you can now take them home.

Bredda David Obi, Producer, Maroon Kriols
“This is the first time that we record the Sambai Music at this level. The Sambai music is one of the traditional music brought here by the Africans and some of the Africans that refuse to stay in the city that prefer to had gone out in the country, they take this music with them and kept this music for all these years, mainly the people from Gales Point Manatee.”

Jacqueline Woods, Reporting
Today, thanks to the Maroon Kriols, Tribal Productions, and The National Institute of Culture and History, Belizeans on a whole can enjoy songs such as “Painabelly”, “Ah Bway” and “Mi Plantation,” on the convenience of a CD. The album?s producer, Bredda David Obi, says it’s all about preserving a part of our culture.

Jacqueline Woods
“What did you guys fear would have happen if you weren?t able to come together and put together this production?”

Bredda David Obi
“The word “together”, it noh that easy. It should be very easy, but it noh easy fi we come together, so I like how you ask me about that, because I guess that’s why I get assigned to the job to do it, simply because my communication with the musicians from Gales Point, I think dah one of the strongest.”

“More than one person try and record the Maroons before and they refuse, because they are not people who would cooperate with every and anybody, that type of behaviour, protective. So I get assigned the job because of my relationship with the brothers and sisters in Gales Point. Now for any reason if we never get through with it this time, it just usually make it harder, because then the second time people more scared of getting involved with things weh they noh understand.”

The CD is available at record shops countrywide for only fifteen dollars. Jacqueline Woods for News Five.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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