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The Canadian indie-rocker Danny Michel fell in love with Belize, and in particular with the music of the Afro-Amerindian Garifuna.

This album sets his well-meaning songs (“People turn green with envy, black with hate/Why can’t we all just communicate?”) in a relaxed Garifunan sound world.

At his best, Michel comes over as a Caribbean version of Graceland-era Paul Simon; at his worst, like Aldous Snow.

Danny Michel and the Garifuna Collective

Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me

(Stonetree/Cumbancha)

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