Songs of a True Patriot
Evan Belize was born in what then was the British Honduras, and now is Belize, to Gwendolyn Fortune and Benel Trapp. His grandmother was from Gales Point Manatee, a little peninsula, connected to Dangriga. When he was a child, Evan's mother would take him there for frequent visits. Evan's early world was packed with a lot of true stories told by those great poets: Song, Dance, Rhythm and Vision. Evan attended church with his grandmother, a Seventh-Day Adventist, his mother, a Catholic, and sometimes with his mother, sometimes on his own, he attended what was called a Jump-Up Church, the Church of God in Christ. That is where the music in him was uncovered. A combination of black Women, Jamaican, Belizean, and American, put those rhythms together, and he got hypnotized. There was no turning back. Because of that church, he got a chance to perform in many plays early in his childhood.He remembers playing Joseph, and also little Moses. He remembers playing a child who was baptized. And, he has continued to enjoy acting. Many years later, he played Moses again, here, in the United States. Evan has been a magician, a story teller, a tap dancer, an artist, a builder of boats.... Evan got serious about his music in 1973, when he got his first guitar from an old garbage collector by the name of Mr. Posse. Evan was living with his grandmother at the time. He stopped Mr. Posse as he was passing the house on his way to work. 'If you see any guitars in the dump,' he told him, 'I would like to have one'. By the next week Mr Posse appeared at the door, ' I found one son. But it will cost you 9 bucks..' This was a lot of money for young Evan. So his grandmother gave him the money. And Evan, the musician, was born.....