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Belizean icon, Pen Cayetano to visit Chaa Creek

25 October 2011 2 Comments

Belizean icon Pen Cayetano at Chaa Creek, Belize

Chaa Creek is proud to offer its last event of the summer – Art Gecko Rules and the Belizean icon, Pen Cayetano‘s work will be featured at the function which is scheduled for Saturday October 29, 2011. Pen Cayetano is a world renowned painter, singer, songwriter, percussionist, guitarist, leading cultural revivalist and ambassador for Belize’s Garinagu.

Born in 1954 in Southern Belize, Pen Cayetano grew up in Dangriga, Stann Creek – the place known as the cultural capital of the Garinagu of Belize. As a child he was passionate about art and music that he self-taught himself how to paint, sing, write songs and play the percussion. Along his list of accomplishments, his paintings of everyday life in Belize have been featured in art galleries and museums across the world and he is also credited for popularizing Punta Rock, the Belizean music that combines the sounds of modern elements with the traditional Garifuna melody.

Pen Cayetano is a very gifted Belizean and Belize is thankful for his amazing work in music and art – let’s all give him a round of applause.


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  • Mark said:

    Wow! Wish I could be there. Pen is a national treasure, a Garinagu icon, and I can’t think of a better place to absorb his art that at Chaa Creek. To see an exhibition of his work in one place (there are examples scattered all over Belize, especially in the south), and in such beautiful surroundings… that’s a rare and wonderful opportunity. A leisurely stroll amidst his work, a chilled cashew wine while listening to his music – my idea of creative heaven…
    Great stuff, Chaa Creek, and a fine lead-in to Garifuna Settlement Day.
    As always, thanks for promoting Belizean art in the bush, and keep up the good work

  • Singing to Save Garifuna | Belize Travel Blog said:

    [...] Creole. He didn’t think much about Garifuna until the day he heard the music of a local artist Pen Cayetano and his Turtleshell [...]

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