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Punta rock or Belizean punta is a form of the traditional punta rhythm of the Garifuna people of Belize.

Punta rock is distinctive from traditional punta in that the language and concepts are more adapted to the general Belizean identity. Although most artist and bands are exclusively Garifuna, songs are usually in Kriol or Garifuna and rarely in Spanish, or English. 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".

Notable Artists and Bands

- Belizean -

  • Aziatic
  • Mohobub Flores
  • Titiman Flores
  • Andy Palacio
  • Pen Cayetano
  • Paul Nabor
  • Sound City Band
  • Cross Culture Band
  • Chico Ramos
  • Nuru
  • Punta Rebels
  • Griga Boyz
  • Lloyd
  • Reckless
  • Super G
  • Aziatic
  • Ugurau
  • Mime
  • Garif
  • Rhodee
  • Adrian "Doc" Martinez
  • Guwie Possie

- Guatemalan -

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

- Honduran -

  • Banda Blanca
  • Kazzabe
  • Figaga
  • Grupo Sambat
  • Los Professionales
  • Los Roland's
  • Los Silverstar
  • Los Gatos Bravos
  • Aurelio Martinez
  • Chicas Roland's
  • Fernandez Band
  • Kaligar Band
  • Jimmy Suazo
  • Guiriga Impacto
  • La Gran Banda
  • Big Junior
  • Juventud Garifuna
  • Garifuna Outlawz

- Multiple Nationalities -

  • Punta Cartel
  • Garifuna Kids
  • Garifuna Legacy
  • Legacy Gifted
  • GX Team
  • Xcstacy

Hit songs

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

See also

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