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Julio Zelaya
Influences: North African , Latin American , Caribbean
Genres: african, garifuna, jazz, caribbean, latin, jazz., garifuna.
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About: Yurumen
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About: Ecos de sirenas
Photo by: Julio Zelaya
Julio Zelaya L.Composer, producer, guitarist and arranger.Music studies in Canada and the United States, graduated in the Berklee college of music, Boston, MA/85.My music is the product of a constant search for musical identity. The rhythms, instrumentations and traditions of the garífuna people have been a source of creative inspiration in many of my compositions.The Garífuna people is an Afro Honduran culture. They came to the North coast of Honduras in 1797 from the island of San Vicente in the Caribbean, what they call Yurumen in a very nostalgic way, like a magical place, a lost paradise.My work is a music story about this people, told in a universal language. Their rhythms and instrumentations have been mixed with harmonic and melodic elements from other styles of music that have been an influence in my life, specially samba, bossa, salsa, pop and jazz.For the Garífuna people, their music and rhythms are a very important part of their daily life, the rhythms are present in every celebration of life or death according to the garífuna tradition.The garífuna rhythms are a very important contribution to the music of the world and should be subject of study to every serious musician and music lovers.As many other cultures in the world, the garífuna people live under the constant menace of extinction. The globalization of the present world has a tendency to put us all in some kind of a uniformed mind. The protection of the living cultures of the world is a necessity as a source of creativity and cultural diversity. Besides it’s artistic value, this work as many others in the world are oriented to the protection, diffusion and preservation of this cultures as a patrimony of the world.