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Aurelio Martínez & the Garifuna People: A History of African Resistance in the Americas - 2016 - Feature Article

 

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The finest living exponent of the music of the Garifuna people
— fRoots
Not only the leading figure of Garifuna music but one of the great artists of Latin America.
— London Evening Standard

darandi Real world Records / Stonetree Records  - 2017

The Garifuna have a history of escaping slavery … That experience informs the indomitable spirit and characteristic joie de vivre of their music, expressed via the paranda, a unique uptempo rhythm and melodies that are as listenable as they are danceable to. *****
— Morning Star
This is his best album to date … Recording with his band “as live” in the studio, he brings new energy and emotion to favourites that range from the charming and slinky Laru Beya to the lament Yange, or a fresh version of Dondo, a paranda classic driven on by tremolo electric guitar lines from Guayo Cedeño. ****
— The Guardian

German Critics Award “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik”; category Folk & Singer/Songwriter, Weltmusik & traditionelle ethnische Musik - 2017

IIn den sonnigen Klängen von Aurelio Martinez steckt eine lange Erfahrung kultureller Selbstbehauptung: Der spanischen Versklavung entkommene Schiffbrüchige aus Westafrika verbanden sich im 17. Jahrhundert mit indianischen Volksgruppen der Karibikinsel St. Vincent, wurden von Engländern auf andere Inseln deportiert und besiedelten schließlich die Küsten Zentralamerikas. Die heutige Musik dieses verstreut lebenden Garifuna-Volkes führt westafrikanische und karibische Traditionslinien eigenständig weiter, Aurelio Martinez ist der derzeit wichtigste Botschafter dieser Kultur und des Paranda-Stils. Sein Album „Darandi“ bietet vor allem hinreißend frische Interpretationen von Klassikern, das schön gemachte CD-Büchlein erzählt ausführlich die Geschichte dazu. (Für die Jury: Jürgen Frey) 

English translation:

In the sunny sounds of Aurelio Martinez a long experience of cultural self-assertion: the Spanish enslaved escaped shipwrecked from West Africa in the 17th century with Indian folk groups of the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, were deported from English to other islands and finally settled the coasts of Central America. The contemporary music of this scattered Garifuna folk continues independently from West African and Caribbean traditions, Aurelio Martinez is currently the most important ambassador of this culture and Paranda style. His album "Darandi" offers above all delightfully fresh interpretations of classics, the beautifully made CD booklet tells the story in detail. (For the jury: Jürgen Frey)

Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik is an independent association of currently 156 music critics and journalists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

 

 

 

LANDINI Real World Records / Stonetree Records – 2014

No. 1 - Songlines 50 Greatest World Music Albums of the Last Five Years 2015

No. 3 fRoots Critic’s Poll New Albums of 2014

Songlines 10 Best Albums of the Year 2014

No. 3 - The Sunday Times Culture Best 100 Records of 2014

No. 2 World Music Central Best World Music Albums 2014

Top Ten fRoots Best of the Best Albums 1986-2015

 

Afropop (USA)

Landini is a splendid new entry in an important series of Garifuna recordings from Stonetree. If one day, the worst should come and Garifuna culture is reduced to a whisper and a memory, these records will attest to the fierceness, vitality and creativity with which Aurelio and his peers fought to save it.

"Aurelio raises the standard for Garifuna pop to a new plateau.”

 

Songlines Magazine (UK)

“Still representing Garifuna culture on the world stage. Superb... Landini is imbued with melancholy, memory and celebration ... rich in variety ... wonderful.” Read more.

Songlines 10 Best Albums of the Year 2014

No. 1 - Songlines 50 Greatest World Music Albums of the Last Five Years 2015

 

The Times (UK)

“Rising stars of world music”

 

NPR All Things Considered (USA)

"With his talent, vision, charisma and searing voice, Aurelio is a big part of the reason (Garifuna music) has achieved outsize recognition internationally.”

 

Worldmusic.co.uk (Live review from Mac, Birmingham) (UK)

“Powerful and energetic … Having settled in with this first number they put their pedal to the metal and drove off into a storming piece, fast, powerful and energetic. I was struck by the sound of the band: only six musicians but a full, rich sonic landscape.

If you get the chance, go and see this band. Aurelio is a highly talented musician, conscious composer and passionate performer with an excellent band behind him...”

 

Folk Roots Magazine (UK)

“An irresistible testament to the musical heritage of Honduras delivered by an emerging superstar of world music. Landini is a well-produced and authentic album full of deft musicianship and Aurelio's rich vocals...”

 

The Observer (UK)

"His role as cultural ambassador for Honduras's coastal Garifuna people led Aurelio Martinez to Senegal for 2011's superb fusion album, Laru Beya. Here, he returns to his roots, to songs and folk tunes learned from his mother (who gets a co-writing credit). Despite its simplicity, Lándini is an elegant creation, its easy, swaying rhythms overlaid (at times contradicted) by Aurelio's impassioned vocals. Its subjects run from celebration to tragedy: (Milagrossa concerns a ferry sinking) there's a ruminative, melancholic undertow throughout and some deft surf-guitar work. Smell the salt air."

 

The Sunday Times (UK)

“Think of it, if you like, as the new-world version of Cape Verdean cool. This singer-guitarist's celebration of Garifuna heritage yields a patchwork of melody.”

No. 3 - The Sunday Times Culture Best 100 Records of 2014

 

Worldmusiccentral.org (USA)

“The Alluring Garifuna Sounds of Aurelio. Lándini is a captivating album with irresistible rhythms outstanding musicianship and fascinating depictions of Garifuna life and history.” read more

No. 2 World Music Central Best World Music Albums 2014

 

Curious Animal (UK)

“I don't know how many great albums have been written by a musician and his mum...but for Aurelio, it has worked. ... Nostalgic and melancholy in Aurelio's voice, despite the pounding of drums on tracks like Durugubei Mani. He shows off his guitar chops on songs like the stripped back acoustic Nitu. ...there are big memorable melodies across the album ...” read more

 

Libération (France)

‘’Une réverbération de guitare digne de Dick Dale sur des rythmiques africaines : d’où vient une musique aussi vivifiante, séduisante dès la première écoute ? (...) Certains titres évoquent Calexico, d’autres l’Angolais Bonga, on ne sait pas où on se trouve, sinon dans un état de plaisir constant.’’

 

Courrier International (France)

‘’Dans la famille Garifuna, je vous présente le fils, Aurelio, auteur du sublime Landini (« Landing » en anglais), album parfait au groove imparable. Mais il s’agit la de bien d’autre chose, d’une musique nonchalante et racée au service d’une noble cause ; la préservation d’une culture en passe de disparaître, celle des Garifunas d’Amérique Centrale.’’

 

Le Télégramme (France)

“Les rythmes (guitare et percussions) sont le plus souvent enjoués mais c’est un parfum de mélancolie que l’on ressent à l’écoute de l’ambassadeur du peuple Garifuna dont la musique est un mélange original et subtil des Caraïbes, d’Amérique du Sud et d’Afrique de l’Ouest’’.

 

LARU BEYA Real World Records / SUBPOP / Stonetree Records – 2011

One of Songlines Top 10 best albums of the Year 2011

Songlines 50 Greatest World Music Albums of the Last Five Years

No. 4 The Sunday Times Top 100 World Albums of the Year

No. 7 Best Albums 2011 – The Guardian Critics Choice

 

BBC Music Magazine (UK)

“ Lots of long, gracefully winding lines. Martinez's Garifuna soul hasn't been drowned out or diluted. It's still firmly rooted in surging local rhythms, with the odd digression into reggae, and mostly driven by the fibrous thumping of Garifuna drums ... He still sings his songs in sweet Garifuna, which means lots of long, gracefully winding lines. Performance 5 stars - Recording 5 stars.”

 

Jazzwise (UK)

“Laru Beya is an evocative...Multi-textured ride that begins on the Honduran coast and finishes up in Senegal. Forget expensive timepieces, rhythms here are soon come, reggae tinged. Gritty Garifuna beats...Martinez's rich tenor and Garifuna-language lyrics tackle big topics ...”

 

Echoes (UK)

“Aurelio is an extremely important Central American singer/songwriter, he is a figurehead for the Garifuna community... An album to immerse yourself in ... And look forward to Aurelio's performance at WOMAD this summer!”

 

Limelight (Australia)

“Light and optimistic … Its rhythms marked by gentle lilt, Honduran Aurelio Martinez's music blends Caribbean and African Sounds. ... To the listeners ears Aurelio has the edge, aided by guest vocals Youssou N'Dour.”

 

Boras Tidning (SE) Sweden

“Hypnotic melodies and rhythms and wonderful drive. Beautiful songs...”

 

LIVE

The Irish Time (Live from WOMAD Charlton Park Festival)

"Our choice of late-night viewing was another highlight. Aurelio is cultural ambassador for the Garifuna people of the Caribbean coast of Central America. His lovely warm-hearted rhythms find space between an Afro percussion sound and the Latin lilts of his homeplace, and a guitarist who crafted one beautifully jaw-dropping solo after another accompanied him. A fitting end to the day."

 

Extra! Extra! (Live from Union Chapel, London)

“It was truly, sublime, in every sense of the word! Aurelio, in as distinctively emotive voice and vibrant personality as ever, led his hard working band as they bounced their varying sounds off his, with all ending up inspired, including the audience. ... With one stunner after another exuberantly hurled at us, meant we couldn't help dancing more or less non-stop throughout."

 

Worldmusic.co.uk (Live review from Mac, Birmingham)

“Powerful and energetic. Having settled in with this first number they put their pedal to the metal and drove off into a storming piece, fast, powerful and energetic. I was struck by the sound of the band: only six musicians but a full, rich sonic landscape. If you get the chance, go and see this band. Aurelio is a highly talented musician, conscious composer and passionate performer with an excellent band behind him..."

 

Morning Star Online (Live review of Aurelio at The Barbican)

"This is life-affirming music... We are in the presence of a sextet of master musicians on an inspiring night."