I’ve told you about my favorite Belize band, Verge of Umbra. They’re the insanely talented group of men who combine rap and reggae to form some of the most unique style of music. Clearly, their sound has its fans, and at the Metal Battle of 2017, held in Guatemala City this past March, they were rewarded for their work when they won the battle itself!

Verge faced bands from Costa Rica (Heresy), El Salvador (Dreamlore), Honduras (G.O.D.), Guatemala (Kramer) and Panama (VoTraster). After intense head-banging, electrifying musical goodness rocked the stage, Verge came out on top, winning the opportunity to represent Central America at Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany.

This is HUGE for Verge of Umbra. Andres Pineda, guitar; Faith Madubuko, drums; Lowell Gillett, bass; Kernelle “Nello Player” Parks, reggae vocals; and Jermaine “Jenko Veli” Jenkins, rap vocals – the men behind some of the coolest music out of Belize, have the opportunity to represent our nation at the world-wide stage! There will be close to 80,000 people in attendance at Wacken, which will take place from August 3rd to the 5th.

#vergetowacken fundraiser

Help us to go play the biggest Heavy Metal Festival in the world!https://www.gofundme.com/vergeofumbra

Posted by Verge Of Umbra on Saturday, June 3, 2017

Of course, getting to Germany from Belize will be QUITE the undertaking. Equipment, travel expenses, lodging and more, for an independent band, means a lot of bills to cover to ensure their presence. But, YOU can help! The boys have put together a GoFundMe account, and every little bit counts. Your contribution could go a long way in ensuring that Belize’s name gets catapulted even further on the world map.

If you are reading this locally, you can make your donations to their Scotia Bank Belama account: 87965 8737052.

Help us show the world that Belize has so much to offer, and that its people are a talented bunch! Thanks from the boys and one giant fan!!

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About the Author: Mary Gonzalez

Mary Gonzalez writes under the pseudonym ‘Tia Chocolate’. Tia Chocolate enjoys writing short stories that focus on her life growing up in the small Maya village of San Antonio, Cayo District, Belize.

Tia loves (and we mean LOVE) eating and writing about her food experiences, often times trying out new recipes to try and recreate the foods of her memories. She also loves to travel, indulging in the culture wherever she is privy to visit.

She is slave to a giant cat named Kitty Boo Boo, and her cooking exploits are enjoyed by her significant other, Pookie.


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