Honduran music combines elements from African and European nations and creates a style of their own. African culture in particular has influenced a type of music called Punta. Punta was created by the Garifuna and it is very successful because the lyrics are in Spanish. Women generally compose the lyrics and most people say that it is very difficult to dance to. In Spanish, the word Punta means, “point” as in “tip” so it is said that the name might have come from that because the dance is performed on the tips of the dancers toes.
Another popular type of music is Garifuna Music. This music came from the Nigerian slaves who from St. Vincent to Central America when the British conquered the region. The Garifuna kept themselves apart from the social system and they created and distinctive culture for themselves. Their culture included chumba and hunguhungu, a circular dance in the three beat rhythm, which is sometimes combined with Punta.
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The most famous artist in Honduras is Guillermo Anderson. His style is composed of many different styles such as, Afro-Caribbean percussions, contemporary sounds, local rhythms, and folklore of Honduras. His songs tell stories about issues such as the environment and healthcare. The songs also talk about the natural beauty in Honduras, its people, and situations Hondurans face in everyday life.
The music in Honduras is very unique and has a style of its own. The people in Honduras relate to the songs written and it is an important aspect of their life.
•culled from www.blogs.longwood.edu