Punta rock

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Punta rock
Stylistic origins Punta, calypso, soca music.
Cultural origins Honduras, Belize, and Guatemala
Regional scenes
Belize, (Popular across the Central America, etc)
Other topics
Garifuna

Punta rock or Belizean punta is a form of the traditional punta rhythm of the Garifuna people of Honduras, Belize, and Guatemala. Although most artist and bands are exclusively Garifuna, songs are usually in Kriol or Garifuna and rarely in Spanish, or English.

Origins[edit]

Punta rock was created by Pen Cayetano in Belize in 1978. Punta, as a genre, is the music of the Garifuna people who came from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica exiled by the British into Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras. Garifuna then spread out to Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Belize.

While this style is unique, calypso and soca have had slight influences on it. Like calypso and soca, Belizean punta was used for both social commentary and risqué humor, though the initial wave of punta acts eschewed the former. Lord Rhaburn and the Cross Culture Band were integral in the acceptance of punta by Belizeans (namely Kriols) by actually doing calypso songs about punta such as "Gumagrugu Watah" and "Punta Rock Eena Babylon".

Punta rock was brought to the U.S by Ideal Castillo. Ideal had learned punta rock with Chukupen Paulino and played with the original Larunihati Band (featured in the movie "The Mosquito Coast"). Ideal later met up with Pen Cayetano and Mohobub Flores in Dangriga and for awhile was the youngest member of the Pen Cayetano's Turtle Shell Band. When Ideal came to the United States, he introduced Punta Rock to the Garifuna people living in the Bronx.He formed the legendary punta rock band Isanigu Punta Rock Soul-Jahs.

Notable Artists and Bands[edit]

Belizean

  • Aziatic
  • Mohobub Flores
  • Titiman Flores
  • Andy Palacio
  • Pen Cayetano
  • Paul Nabor
  • Sound City Band
  • Caribbean Dynamics
  • Cross Culture Band
  • Chico Ramos
  • Nuru
  • Lova Boy
  • Punta Rebels
  • Griga Boyz
  • Lloyd
  • Reckless
  • Super G
  • Aziatic
  • Remnance Band
  • Ugurau
  • Mime
  • Garif (Tony Enriquez)
  • Rhodee
  • Adrian "Doc" Martinez
  • Guwie Possie
  • New Rebels

Punta Rebels

Guatemalan

  • Black Fever
  • La Buga Boys
  • Paula Castillo
  • Garifuna Stars Band
  • Ervin Arzu
  • GNG Band
  • Ideal Castillo

Honduran

  • Alagany
  • Banda Blanca
  • Kazzabe
  • Guillermo Anderson
  • Figaga
  • Grupo Sambat
  • La Fuerza Brava
  • Los Professionales
  • Los Roland's
  • Los Satellites
  • Los Sea Boys
  • Los Hitsong
  • Zona Kaliente
  • Grupo Santa Fe
  • La Tribu Lenca
  • Los Hermanos Arriola
  • Los Silver Star
  • Los Gatos Bravos
  • Aurelio Martinez
  • Chicas Roland's
  • Estrellas Ubou
  • Fernandez Band
  • Kaligar Band
  • Jimmy Suazo Y La Nychada Banda Show
  • La Runy Hati Band
  • Grupo H
  • Gobana
  • Guiriga Impacto
  • La Gran Banda
  • Lil June
  • Big Junior
  • Young Gari
  • Juventud Garifuna
  • Garifuna Outlawz
  • Emilio Nunez
  • Hengu Garingu
  • Libana Maraza

Multiple Nationalities

  • Punta Cartel
  • Garifuna Kids
  • Garifuna Legacy
  • Legacy Gifted
  • Xcstacy
  • Gx Team
  • Cultural Legends

Hit songs[edit]

Some punta songs that have become worldwide hits:

  • "One, Two, Three" - Guiriga Impacto
  • "Mi Tradicion" - Kazzabe
  • "Sopa De Caracol" - Banda Blanca (3 million records sold. Originally recorded by Chico Ramos as 'Conch Soup'.)
  • "Punta Legacy" - Garifuna Legacy
  • "4 Men" - Super G
  • "Prym Tyme 69X" - Aziatic
  • "Flirting Vibe" - Aziatic jk
  • "Chatty Chatty" - Aziatic
  • "Go!" - Aziatic
  • "Punta Fever" - GX Team
  • "Suavecito" - Garifuna Legacy
  • "Bounile" - Punta Cartel
  • "Hoo La Hoo" - Juventud Garifuna
  • "Leh tu To" - Garif
  • "Ti Boom Boom" - Reckless
  • "Flour Lob" - Mime
  • "On Fire" - Punta Rebels
  • "Dance With Me" - Punta Rebels
  • "Party" - Punta Rebels
  • "Wala Wine" - Super G
  • "Rapist" - Super G
  • "Nanigi" - Super G
  • "Ital Food" - Mohobub Flores
  • "Laluda Beyu" - Chicas Roland's
  • "Va Canon" - Los Silverstar
  • "Paty" - Marcony Star
  • "Duby" - Xcstacy
  • "Noche De Sexo" - Eddy GNG
  • "Sara Sara" - Garifuna Kids
  • "Garinagu Waguya"- Los Seaboys
  • "Watina" - Eduardo Ballesteros
  • "Suba" -La Runy Hati Band
  • "Chulugua" - Fernandez Band
  • "Asa Tura" - Fernandez Band
  • "Cabanichiga Bu" - Eduardo Ballestero
  • "Manadi" - Estrellas Ubou
  • "Envidia" - Jimmy Suazo

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