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AURELIO
Artist
Honduras
Influences: Caribbean , Latin American , African
Genres: garifuna music
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Photo by: AURELIO
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Photo by: AURELIO
Photo by: AURELIO
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ABOUT
Singer-songwriter, guitarist and percusionist, Aurelio Martinez aka AURELIO is one of Central America's most gifted performers. Born in Honduras, the artist is known for his powerful and evocative voice. He is a major tradition-bearer and represents the Garifuna Nation worldwide trough his music. Aurelio is the Garifuna superstar and he is considered nowadays as the Cultural Ambassador of the Garifuna nation.

The Garinagu, commonly known as the Garifuna are people of Amerindian and West African descents who live along the coasts of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The original home of the Garifuna is St. Vincent (one of the windward islands in the West Indies) from which they were deported in 1796 by the British government and landed on Roatan island situated in the Bay Islands of Honduras.

Aurelio released 4 albums : Lita Ariran (1995), Garifuna Soul (2004), Laru Beya (2011) and Landini (2014) and participated in two others Garifuna albums Paranda (1999) y Watina (2007).

His lastest album LANDINI (Stonetree Records, Real World Records) was named to multiple 2014 year-end critics : #3 The Sunday Times Ten Best World Music Albums of 2014, #3 fRoots Critic's Poll New Albums of 2014, #2 World Music Central, Best World Music Albums 2014, Songlines 10 Best Albums of the Year 2014, Cuirous Animal Best Albums of 2014, #1 Songlines 50 Greatest World Music Albums of the Last Five Years

In 2015, he celebrates the 30th anniversary of his career.

Aurelio launches his new album in January 17 'DARANDI', a collection of Aurelio's favorite songs from his career recorded to capture the sound of his incendiary live performances accompanied by some of the Garifuna wolrd's brightest musical talents.

"We are not going to let this culture die. I must continue my ancestor's legacy and find new ways to express it. Few people know about it, but i adore it, and it's something I must share with the world".