“Priest and Poet” – Paul Nabor

Paul Nabor hailed from Punta Gorda, a sleepy, coastal town of 6,000 in southern Belize. This parandero, or old master of the Paranda musical style, is also a buyei, a spirit medium and healer who attends to his congregation at a Garifuna temple he built in Punta Gorda.

Record producer Ivan Duran was introduced to Nabor’s music by Punta Rocker Andy Palacio and recorded him for inclusion on the album Paranda, which showcases an endangered style of music performed by Garifuna men from Honduras, Guatemala and Belize in their 60s, 70s, even up into their 90s

On a 2004 visit to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, he was declared a distinguished guest of the city. Nabor was visiting Tegucigalpa for the Honduran release of Garifuna Soul, an album by fellow paranda musician, Aurelio Martinez.

On 22 October 2014, Nabor died at Punta Gorda Hospital, following a stroke the week before. He is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Punta Gorda.

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