Several years ago a friend who lives on the island of Cozumel, Mexico, gave me a tape. The band, The Gilharry Seven, was from Belize and had been touring in the Yucatan."There are a lot of these tapes around," he said. It was the first time I'd heard the music called Punta Rock. And until recently the last. It's hard to find. Punta Rock is dance music that is the both Caribbean and African. It is vibrant, unique and hard to find outside of Belize. It's roots are a mix of the indigenous Mayan people, African slaves and the British. Belize, formerly British Honduras, was slave colony that borders the Yucatan state of Quintana Roo. "Mohobub" is but one example of this music called Punta Rock.
"Mohobub" was purchased in Belize City. The CD from Mohobub Flores is one of series documenting Belize's Punta rockers.
JazzShop USA will be going further into Belize's music. Punta Rock is just part of it.