The King of Belize Brukdown Music , Mr. Wilfred Peters passed away in Belize City on June 9th at age 79 after a brief illness. A Belizean national icon Mr. Peters was one of the country’s best loved musicians. After over 60 years of playing, he defined Belizean Creole culture through his distinctive Brukdown music style.
One of the few remaining Brukdown accordion masters in modern Belize, Mr. Peters learned to play the instrument from his father on the family farm in his home town of Gracie Rock Village near the Sibun River in Belize, where music was the main form of entertainment in his household and when farmers and mahogany loggers gathered.
“We had no radios or cassettes then, only what we could play … and with some white rum and water, people would dance through the night,” Mr. Peters said in an interview.
Performing with accordion and guitar since the age of seven, his reputation grew, and by his early teens he found himself in demand throughout Belize. His popularity never waned, and he and his band continue to be a steady fixture at dances, holiday celebrations and events around Belize.
Mr. Peters toured major music festivals in Mexico, France, Spain, the Caribbean and North America. As a tireless bandleader, Mr. Peters had over the years refined the Boom & Chime Band into what is undoubtedly the most recognizable and dynamic representation of Belizean Creole culture.
In 1997 Queen Elizabeth II awarded him with an MBE for his outstanding work and cultural contributions.
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