Pen Cayetano, a self-taught painter and musician, is regarded by many as the "King" of Punta Rock music. Cayetano and the Turtle Shell Band introduced Punta Rock to the world in the early 1980s when they fused traditional Garifuna instrumentation (including the garawon (drum), rattles, and turtle shells) with modern electronic instruments. The creation of Punta Rock was Cayetano’s way of contributing to the revival and preservation of Garifuna music amongst the younger generation. Cayetano’s lasting legacy, however, lies in his lyrics, which gives the political, social and economic issues of the Belizean Garifuna people a global platform, and along the way inspires a new generation to apply their talents to their own ancestral forms and unique concerns.
As an Ambassador of Belizean Art and Music, Cayetano is also a highly esteemed and internationally renowned painter (primarily creating works that depict the Garifuna culture), who has had his paintings exhibited and sold to private and public collections throughout the world, including Austria, England, Germany, Hong Kong, Switzerland, and the United States. Pen Cayetano Studio Gallery opened in 2009 in Dangriga, the “culture capital” of Belize, and is currently operated by Pen and his wife Ingrid.