Maroon Creole Drum School

Maroon Creole Drum School, Punta Gorda: Address, Phone Number, Maroon Creole Drum School Reviews: 5/5

Maroon Creole Drum School
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At its new location in Punta Gorda, The Maroon Creole Drum School offers classes in Creole and West African drumming, drum making workshops and culture presentations as well as fire hearth cooking classes with traditional recipes. Handmade crafts and art are on sale too. Under the direction of Emmeth Young, one of Belize's most experienced and versatile drummers, the Maroon Drum School aims to educate, share and preserve the music and traditions of the Creole people of Belize. Emmeth is from the small village of Gales Point Manatee, settled by escape, or maroon, slaves in the late 1700's. The Maroon Creole Drum School's project "Drums Not Guns" directly supports local youth mentor-ship and cultural preservation.
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Joe Taylor Creek, Punta Gorda Central America Belize

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Amber
Raleigh, NC16 contributions
Fun experience for all ages! Delicious food!
Mar 2020
I did a nighttime group drum lesson with dinner provided. The food was great and super accommodating to vegetarians and vegans! Be sure to try the cassava in coconut milk sauce and chickpea stew. The drum lesson was such a cool experience and lots of fun! We watched a performance from one of the instructors and some of the kids that are a part of the Drums Not Guns program, with dancers performing as well.
Written 17 March 2020
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Katy A
Fisterra, Spain180 contributions
Fantastic!
May 2019 • Family
Emmeth was great with my little boy, let him try a lot of different drums and taught him some nice rhythms that he'll probably be banging for weeks now on every table or other surface that crosses his way. :D
JIll even picked us up from town and gave us a ride back.
We absolutely don't regret our little day trip to PG, we're glad we got to meet these wonderful people!
Written 20 May 2019
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hm821
8 contributions
Fun drumming and dinner
We had a great time learning how to drum and had a tradional dinner cooked over a hearth. We listened to young people drumming through their drums not guns program. Very inspiring.
Written 18 March 2018
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Jo U
Fairbanks, AK27 contributions
Cultural experience
May 2017 • Friends
We booked a Foodie experience: Creole Fire-Hearth and Drumming" to learn about how locals are cooking Creole food on a fire hearth. My friend and I were the only "guests" that evening. We learned so much about cooking Creole food the local way. Jill, Emmeth and their teenage daughter did the cooking. It tasted great. Emmeth demonstrated his drumming skills and told us about his efforts of teaching local youth how to use "DRUMS INSTEAD OF GUNS." Their teenage daughter is an amazing poet and read us a poem she wrote about student bullying and suicide. So insightful!
Written 27 August 2017
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Jules858
Portland, OR37 contributions
Super fun!
May 2017 • Business
We had a great time with Jill, Emmeth, and the boys of Drums Not Guns. They gave us a great show around the fire and showed us to cook cashews. Afterwards, we had a delicious dinner. Jill and Emmeth are so lovely and they are doing wonderful things in the community.
Written 4 June 2017
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alliedinwiddie
Raleigh, NC14 contributions
Hidden Gem in PG
May 2017 • Friends
Great food and culture experience. Jill and Emmeth are two great people to meet. They showed us (the group I was with) around the traditional Maya hearth kitchen. They talked to us about how to prepare the dishes we would eat and the different herbs and spices included in the meals that can be found in Belize. Emmeth and a few of his students drummed for us and I had a lot of fun dancing with members of our group around the bon fire they had near the dining table. We were also able to experience how cashews are roasted and eat the tasty morsels. Overall a great experience. Loved the atmosphere, people, and food!
Written 4 June 2017
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lrweihe7
Duluth, MN4 contributions
Super energetic and great food
May 2017 • Friends
Love love love Emmeth and Jill. So much great energy while drumming and teaches you in a way that everyone can learn from! So much food was served, but it was fantastic and ethnic.
Written 30 May 2017
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Hollyinlalaland
Portland, OR2 contributions
Culture and gluttony in the jungle!
Mar 2017 • Couples
My partner and I recently travelled to Punta Gorda, Belize and we're lucky enough to spend a few days/nights with Jill and Emmeth. This family welcomed us in with open arms and a hospitality that instantly felt like family. The guest house we stayed in was very authentic, complete with mosquito net and thatch roof. The food was a delicious smorgasbord of diverse Belizian cuisine which was all freshly prepared and cooked over a traditional fire hearth. Jill is a wealth of knowledge and very generous in sharing all her techniques while preparing local cuisine.
The drumming lesson that Emmeth provides is both educational and a booty shakin' good time. The blend of enticing new foods and rich rhythms of the drums was quite intoxicating. We were very sad to have to go. I strongly recommend stopping in to see these guys if you enjoy great people, awesome food and creole culture!
Written 16 March 2017
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aprilapr
Singapore, Singapore15 contributions
Fun night learning drums and yummy food plucked from garden!
Jan 2017 • Couples
Fun night learning drums and yummy food! Jill and Emmeth were very friendly and ready to discuss or chat about the food, culture and so on. We really enjoyed the drum lessons from the very extremely talented Emmeth- it was my first time playing drums. It was very fun! The cooking class was an eye opener for city folk like me. We literally plucked the leave from the garden and cooked it immediately. Jill had a cool kitchen with many improvised utensils!! Good value and fun for the money. Jill was very helpful also in helping us get transportation to and from the place.

I reserved 1 star because we had multiple sand flea bites from the place. It is still itchy......
Written 9 January 2017
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We really had fun with you folks too! So glad you were able to make it. You were fast learners. Sorry about the sandflies! Insects happen in the jungle, lol. I will have to get a can of insect repellent to keep around for those who don't bring. Thanks for the suggestion!
Written 12 January 2017
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Phil H
13 contributions
Emmeth is the best!
Jan 2016 • Couples
We spent a great and groovin' evening with Emmeth and his family! He's not only a great drummer but also knows a lot about music and its history. And the food his wife made was delicious, too!
Written 31 January 2016
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