NICH comments on the Passing Away of Giovanni Chi Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 August 2011 00:00

The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) through the Institute of Creative Arts (ICA) is deeply saddened by the announcement of the death of Giovanni Chi, self taught guitarist, musician and a true aficionado for the promotion of all things Belizean.

Chi’s success as a musician is epitomized by the truth contained in the mantra: “practice makes perfect.” Throughout his musical career, Mr. Chi has played with some of Belize’s renowned cultural groups both locally and internationally.

He was an active member of the Garifuna Collective with the late Cultural Ambassador and UNESCO Artist for Peace Recipient, Andy Palacio. Mr. Chi’s musical accomplishments include performing with now Minister of Culture of Costa Rica Manuel Obregon in La Orquestra de la Papaya and his membership in the prominent Ugundani Dance Group of Belize City.   He worked with Belizean Caberet, Stone Tree Records and many Belizean artists.

All of these affiliations enabled Giovanni to travel the world to showcase his talent as a musician. And while his musical journey placed him on the path of legends, Chi - being the cultural enthusiast he was- to this date, would still boast that one of the accomplishments he’s proudest of is the revival of the Jankanu dancers in Belize City that performs during the Christmas season.

Up to his untimely death, Giovanni Chi performed with the Larubeya Boys for the BTB & NICH for the Belizean Beats Project at the Phillip S.W.Goldson International Airport welcoming tourists and Belizeans with the unique sound of Belizean Music.

The National Institute of Culture and History extends its sincerest condolences to the Chi Family, the Garifuna Community and to all musicians and artists who were closely affiliated with Mr. Giovanni Chi.