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Punta is a Garifuna music and dance style performed at celebrations and festive occasions. (Garifuna music and dance was created by the Garifuna people of present-day St. Vincent and Dominica.)

The best-known traditional dance in Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and parts of Nicaragua is Punta (called banguity, before the arrival of the Garifuna people in Punta Gorda, Roatan, Honduras on April 12, 1797. The first album of recorded traditional punta music was released originally in 1955 in Honduras. Sambunango was made famous by Gatos Bravos of Honduras with a song released in 1987; it's known as the first commercially produced punta music song from Honduras. The most famous song of punta music is Sopa De Caracol, made famous by Banda Blanca. The song was originally written by Belizean singer Hernan "Chico" Ramos, and translated into Spanish by Banda Blanca. It is most popular in its native Honduras.

The diaspora of Garinagu people, commonly called the "Garifuna Nation", dates back to the amalgamation of West African slaves and the Arawak and Carib Amerindians. Punta is used to reaffirm and express the struggle felt by the indigenous population's common heritage through cultural art forms, such as dance and music, and to highlight their strong sense of endurance. Besides Belize, punta also has a following in Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Southern Mexico and the United States.

Lyrics may be in Garifuna, Kriol, English or Spanish. However, most songs are performed in the indigenous Awarak and Carib-based languages of the Garinagu and are often simply contemporary adaptations of traditional Garifuna songs. Being the most popular dance in Garifuna culture, punta can be performed at wakes, holidays, parties, ancestral celebrations, and other social events. Punta is iconic of Garifuna ethnicity and modernity, and can be seen as a poetic folk art that connects older cultures and rhythms with new sounds. Chumba and hunguhungu, circular dances in triple rhythm, are often combined with punta.

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