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Tanya Joanne Carter was born in Belize City, Belize and being of English, African, Indian and Mexican descent she was born a unique beauty. From the tender age of two, Ms. Carter has been belting out notes and rhymes, though sometimes unintelligible. At the budding age of five, she was performing on stage with her church choir, as most musical talents start out, but in true Tanya Carter fashion it was impossible to not take center stage, especially now when it was obvious that she was made for it. After commandeering the choir as her own, it was clear to everyone that this talent must be nurtured, and so it was.

ELJAI was born Lloyd Carlton Mcfarlane Jr. in Belize City, Belize. Soon after, his family moved to the countryside where most of his early years were spent. ELJAI has always been known for his humble and kind ways, joyous laughter and his spiritual enlightening conversations. At the age of five, ELAJI’s family moved back to Belize City where he attended the Ebenezer Primary School Here he met new friends and discovered his hidden musical talent. Soon ELJAI was singing at school rallies and contests. His talent developed rapidly and he was encouraged by his friends and family to pursue his career in music. In the late 1980’s ELAJI moved to Los Angeles, California knowing exactly what he wanted to do and ready to focus on his career

Award winning Belizean Reggae/Dancehall Artist, RAS INDIO, continues to represent putting Belizeans on the International musical map. Spreading positive vibes worldwide with his unique lyrical delivery combined with anenergetic stage presence, guaranteed to light up every stage and ignite any crowd. His musical style is one oftraditional African elements mixed with the hardcore sound of Roots Reggae—lyrically filled with Inspirational messages of truth and righteousness. RAS INDIO, aka David Cynque Obi, was born in Los Angeles, California on September 23, 1976 to Belizean parents, Bredda David Obi and Ms. Beaulah Heusner. His creativity is evident in his musical lineage, as his father is a well-known Belizean musician, and the innovator of Belizean Kungo Music.As a youth, Ras Indio relocated to Belize learning the keyboards with the guidance of his father. He started performing at local events throughout Belize at age 12 as the keyboardist in his father’s band, “TRIBAL VIBES”. 

The Afro-Caribbean Garifuna people originated with the arrival of West African slaves who washed ashore on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent around 1635 while likely on their way to New World mines and plantations.  Today, the global population of Garifunas stands at upwards of 300,000 people, many of whom live in the U.S. and Canada.  Garifuna communities along the Caribbean Sea live mostly in coastal towns and villages in the Central American countries of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

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