Born on Honduras’ Caribbean coast, Aurelio Martinez grew up steeped in the traditions of the Garifuna people, descendants of shipwrecked slaves who intermarried with locals on the island of St. Vincent and were deported to the Central American coast in the late eighteenth century. Garifuna’s Afro-Caribbean sound includes West African and Latin rhythms, with hints of reggae and calypso. Aurelio says, “I know I must continue the culture of my grandparents, of my ancestors, and find new ways to express it.” Martinez is a tradition bearer for this unique culture, but he is also a ground-breaking modern artist whose projects include collaboration with West African Afropop legend Youssou N’Dour.

Sponsored by IU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Friday, Sept. 19

8:50 – 10:05 pm / Old National Bank • Soma Tent

Saturday, Sept. 20

8:50 – 10:05 pm / Old National Bank • Soma Tent

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