In 1635, Africans brought to the New World to be sold into slavery were shipwrecked off the coast of St Vincent in the eastern Caribbean. They were absorbed into the indigenous Carib Indian population creating a unique culture that four centuries later was recognized by UNESCO as a “Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.”
Honduran singer-songwriter, guitarist, and percussionist Aurelio Martinez is a cultural warrior for the Garifuna people of the Caribbean Coast of Central America. Influenced by his West African and Amerindian ancestry, Aurelio’s sound is firmly rooted in surging rhythms, driven by the spirited thumping of traditional drums alongside hypnotic melodies. On stage with his Garifuna Soul Band, Aurelio’s passion for Garifuna culture is equally matched by his joyful spirit, powerful voice, and guitar solos.
“With his talent, vision, charisma and searing voice, Aurelio is a big part of the reason (Garifuna music) has achieved outsize recognition internationally”—NPR.
“Rising stars of world music”—The Times (UK).
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