It has been almost 8 years now since the passing of Belizean Musical icon, Andy Palacio. Yesterday, December 2nd, a memorial mass was held in different parts of the country for Andy Palacio including Belize City, Dangriga, Belmopan, Punta Gorda, Seine Bight, Hopkins and Barranco Village, Andy Palacio’s hometown. Palacio, Belize’s foremost Musical ambassador, received the Best New Artist Award at the Caribbean Music Awards in 1991, the prestigious WOMEX Award in the 2007 and the BBC3 Awards for World Music award in the Americas Category in 2008. In addition to a long career of teaching and serving as Deputy Administrator of the National Institute of Culture and History, NICH, Palacio was also named as the UNESCO Artist for Peace. In keeping the culture Palacio left behind, the Wagiya Foundation has partnered with the Andy Palacio Foundation to host the first ever music festival fundraiser in Barranco Village. This festival will be held this Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 2pm to 10 pm. The main event will feature a number of live performances from well known Garifuna musicians.