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January 22, 2008 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
Andy Palacio, a singer and guitarist whose critically acclaimed music championed the vanishing language and culture of the Garifuna people of his native Belize and made him a cultural icon in the Central American country, has died. He was 47. Palacio, who also served as an official cultural ambassador of the country, died Saturday in Belize City of respiratory failure after a stroke and heart attack, according to Stonetree Records, which released his album "Watina" early last year.
August 29, 2008 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
Celebrities die every day and pop culture quickly moves on. But for the Garifuna people, descendants of shipwrecked slaves whose culture extends through Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua, world-music sensation Andy Palacio was more than a star. The Belize native, who suffered a fatal heart attack and stroke at the age of 47 in January, was the soul of a culture that many feared had been close to extinction before he committed himself to its rescue and renewal. Palacio will be the subject of a special musical tribute today at California Plaza in downtown Los Angeles, with members of the Garifuna Collective paying homage to his talent as part of the free Grand Performances series.
May 28, 2006 | Reed Johnson, Times Staff Writer
CIVILIZATIONS come and go in this remote Central American outpost: Mayan Indians, British colonizers, African slaves who fled here from neighboring Honduras. As the years pass, monuments turn to ruins. Voices fall silent. But the timeworn music of this unique cultural crossroads stubbornly survives. Once in a while it may even flourish. Whenever that occurs these days, Ivan Duran is likely to be hovering somewhere nearby, microphone in hand, digital recorder at the ready.
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