bredda David: The Real Story (Part 1)!
by Bilal Morris
No other Belizean artist in the entire scope of Belizean music history has done what the legendary Belizean musical icon, bredda David has done for music in Belize. bredda David has become the quintessential Belizean artist whose migration out of Belize in the 1960's to the United States to established a credible musical accomplishment, and later returned to Belize after many years to developed a pulsating Afro-Belizean style of music called Cungo.
In this Belizean Legend expose, the talented Belizean artist explores the realms of Cungo music with Belizean Legends host, Bilal Morris, and takes his viewers through memory lane of the Afro-Belizean struggle to survive slavery and colonialism into the British Mahogany Camps in the former British Honduras where the music of Sambai created by runaway slaves were established in a village called Gales Point Manatee. bredda David makes a striking distinction between the music of Belize's other Afro-Belizean people, the Garinagu, and that of the Afro-Belizean people the Creoles whom have become the originators of the Sambai that later merged into the Brukdong. He credits the renowned Belizean Brukdong artist, Mr. Peters, whom he worked with on his repatriation back to Belize, for assisting him in the development of the Cungo sound, and being the Father of Afro-Belizean (Creoles) music.
A prolific guitar player that developed a unique style through studying the work of the legendary African-American guitarist, Jimmy Hendrix, and the lyrical composition of Jamaican artists, Peter Tosh and Bob Marley, bredda David became an outstanding musician in the Los Angeles Belizean Community in the 1970's playing Rock & Roll, but later switched to his Caribbean roots of playing reggae, forming the band Unity with his son, Ricky on drums, Raymond Barrow on bass, and Lesmond Sosa on guitar. Throughout his musical sojourn in the U.S., performing at many popular venues and reggae clubs in Southern California, bredda David & Unity recorded the epic Belizean reggae album called No Fear, that included classic tracks like Experience, Dancing, and Land of The Free Belize, along the with its hit single, Cungo Music, that became the musical style of bredda David.
The acclaimed Belizean artist has performed around the world, gracing many world beat venues, and becoming an ambassador for Belize through his music and activism for the Afro-Belizean people, The Creoles. He has received many outstanding awards in Belize for his work, and is recognized in Belizean society as truly an advocate for the rights of the Afro-Belizean people both Creoles and Garinagu. He helped established the foundation of the renowned Belizean Garveyite, Isiah Morter Harmbee Monument, which can be seen in Belize City in what was historically known as Ibo Town, a place in the vicinity of the Yarborough area that was historically the settlement of the Afro-Belizean people (Creoles). His work in establishing the significance of the Afro-Belizean people and their contribution to Belizean society today has been well documented and visibly accredited by Belize's establishment.
bredda David's work, both musical, cultural and social, speaks volumes for any student of Belizean history as it marks the contribution of the Belizean Diaspora in the development of Belize that is unquestionable today. His was the epitome of a Belizean who lived in the diaspora, but who repatriated to contribute significantly to the musical, cultural, and social life of Belize and Belizeans.
We here at Belizean Legends honor the work of this outstanding Belizean citizen, statesman, and musical legend bredda David. As we would say in the Afro-Belizean