Garifuna star Aurelio kicks off UK tour at Warwick Arts Centre (31 Jan 2017)

Aurelio Martinez

Aurelio Martinez

31 January 2017, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
New album, Darandi, out now

Future Sounds: The Best Pop and Rock of 2017 – The Guardian

“Aurelio is a master” – LatinoLife

“An irresistible testament to the musical heritage of Honduras delivered by an emerging superstar of world music” – fRoots

“Superb” – Songlines

Aurelio Martinez is the greatest living interpreter of Garifuna music – a unique blend of influences from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Aurelio began performing at Garifuna ceremonies when just a boy, growing up in the village of Plaplaya, on a narrow spit of land that arcs into the Caribbean off the coast of Honduras. By the time he left Plaplaya to attend school at 14, he was a respected musician with a firm grounding in Garifuna rhythms, rituals, and songs.

In the years that followed, he pursued a diverse range of projects: performed with popular Latin ensembles, wrote music for theatre and pop groups, founded seminal Garifuna ensemble Lita Ariran, worked with Belizean musician Andy Palacio, and with Senegalese Afropop great Youssou N’Dour.

In 2004, Aurelio branched out to release his first solo album – Garifuna Soul – earning him the Newcomer Of The Year title from syndicated radio show and online magazine AfroPop Worldwide.

Aurelio’s latest release, his fourth solo album, is Darandi (out Jan 2017 on Realworld). The follow up to 2014’s lauded Landini (which featured in The Sunday Times, fRoots and Songlines end of year critics polls), it’s a collection of his favourite songs from his 30-plus year career that aims to capture his incendiary live performances.


Tuesday 31 January 2017
Aurelio Martinez
Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL
Tickets £17.50
Box Office: 024 7652 4524


Interview: OkayAfrica – Aurelio discusses Garifuna culture and his music…

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