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R.I.P. Mr Peters – Boom & Chime

10 June 2010 7 Comments

-by Lorenzo Gonzalez

One of Belize’s best loved Musicians has sadly passed away at age 79, Mr. Wilfred Peter. He is a Belizean Legend, Mr. Peters and the Boom & Chime Band are notoriously renowned throughout the country and internationally. The band is popular for its distinctive “brukdown” music style and he is recognized to be the best-known performer and innovator of this genre.

Brukdown is a kind of Creole music played on the guitar, banjo, accordion, steel drums, jawbone of a donkey and even turtle shells. The lyrics usually reflect ‘good times’ spent with friends or catchy choruses making fun of people. We will miss you Mr. Peters, you will be remembered in our hearts and in Belizean history.

He was very gifted with his signature accordion which can be seen in many of his photos.

Photo courtesy of Travelpod – Amy&Rob

And was well known to have all the “sweet” moves… as seen on the video below.

Mr Peters performing (Run fu yu life) 2006, The Lord Rhayburn Music Award in Belize.


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  • CayoBuay said:

    A very good article to remember the wonderful person and representative Mr. Peters was to Belize, it’s culture and it’s people. I always enjoyed his music, they always reminded me of when I was a little boy growing up in San Ignacio.

    I have a page as well dedicated to Mr. Peters if you want to read and contribute…

    http://fiwebelize.com/wiki/index.php/People:wilfredpeters

    RIP Mr. Peters..

  • Travel Insurance said:

    Hey, I am Mark Peterson, I always read your blogs something everyday because I like your thought and I get many advice after read you article. I tell to my other friends about this site & its’s blog. I hope you will read my this comment and you will remember me. i want you to always make new articles like this.I appreciate this.Thanks a lot.
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    mark01

  • maralyn peters said:

    I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU TO ALL OF HIS FANS COMING FROM THE PETERS FAMILY WE ARE VERY GREATFUL FOR EVERYTHING.

  • greg haggard said:

    Hello. I visited Mr. Peters several times in 2007. we played accordion together at his home with his family there. He was a wonderful man. I just learned that he had passed away. My condolences to his beautiful family. I am so sorry we have lost such a lovely man and talented musician.
    Thank you, Mr Peters!

    Greg Haggard

  • Marilyn Pitts said:

    I am so sorry Belize lost a legend like Wilfred Peters. The good ones always go first.

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  • juan rios said:

    well there he goes one of Belize`s best. to me he is a hero because he made the entire world to know that Belize does have talent. keep up the good work and i hope to see more talented guys around the world promoting their culture. showing motivation for a better future is my dream.

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