Aban Wagia (We are One)
Aban Wagia (We are One) by Clayton Williams, is his fresh, new single that speaks about bringing his Garifuna people together. With Garinagu all over the world, Clayton wants to connect them with his music. "No matter what country we in, we are still one people, Garinagu". Clayton Williams.
- Aban Wagia!!!!
Musician, singer, songwriter, percussionist and guitarist, Clayton Williams, 28 years old, is the new voice of Garifuna Music, and the youngest Parandero. As a member of the Millennial Generation, he represents the present and future of Garifuna Music. His goal is to preserve the Garifuna culture's unique language and extraordinary sound, while moving Garifuna Music forward. The Garifuna are an ethnic group of mixed ancestry–descendants of Carib, Arawak and African people living along the Caribbean Coast in Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Clayton’s debut album “GarifunaNuguya” (I am Garifuna), took top honors for Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Best New Artist, and Best Music Video at the 2016 Garifuna Music Awards in New York City. Clayton was born in the Garifuna village of Hopkins, Belize, which according to the UNESCO Candidature Standard Form for Proclamation of masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity, is the only village in Belize, where young children still learn the Garifuna Language as their native language. Clayton’s fluency in the Garifuna Language, drums and the Garifuna stories that make up the lyrics to his songs, are a living testament to that assertion.
He began his music career at the age of 7, playing Garifuna drums at the Lebeha Drumming Center in Hopkins, Belize. At the age of 13, he was featured in the Lebeha Drumming Compact Disk (available on the Innova Label, an independent record label of the non-profit American Composers Forum based in St. Paul, Minnesota)–Traditional Garifuna Music Played by Youths from Hopkins Village, which was a finalist for the 2006 Grammy Awards, Traditional Music Category. Clayton follows in the footsteps of the renowned Paranderos of the Caribbean Coast of Central America, including his great grandfather, the legendary Gabaga Williams, author and composer of the classic Garifuna song, Malati Isieni (Worthless Love), perhaps the most well-known Garifuna composition and has been described as one of the greatest Garifuna composers of all time. Clayton has lived most of his life in Hopkins, teaching and promoting the Garifuna Culture to tourists and children. He has been featured in Tropic Air Belize’s and Belize Tourism Board’s television and online commercials and has not only performed around the country of Belize, but in Canada and in the United States of America.