The Musical Ambassador for a Traditional Caribbean Culture

June 3, 2017
Downtown Providence*

“one of the great artists of Latin America.”
–London Evening Standard

The Garifuna are the descendants of West African and Amerindian peoples living along the Caribbean coast of Central America, and Aurelio Martinez is one of their cultural standard bearers. One of Honduras’ most gifted performers, he has been bringing the musical traditions of his native culture to the world for nearly 30 years. Aurelio is a singer-songwriter known for his powerful and evocative voice, as well as a brilliant guitarist and percussionist. He has been performing since childhood and formed his first band in the late 1980s. In 2006, Aurelio released his debut solo album, Garifuna Soul, mixing his rich musical traditions with modern sounds – and earning the title of Afropop Worldwide’s “Newcomer of the Year.” He has recorded with legends of world music such as Youssou N’Dour and Orchestra Baobab. Also active in politics, Aurelio represented the Garifuna people as the first black member of Honduras’ National Congress.

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Produced by the City of Providence
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