Acclaimed for both his preservation and modernization of the Paranda musical tradition, Aurelio's virtuosity is found in his distinctive, penetrating vocals and his talent as a composer. Aurelio was born into a family possessing a long and distinguished musical tradition in the small Garifuna community of Plaplaya in Honduras. Aurelio began playing guitar as soon as he was old enough to hold the instrument. By the age of six he was regularly playing drums at social gatherings. Inspired by his grandmother and his father, Aurelio gathered a vast repertoire, which later enabled him to develop his own style.
Garifuna Soul features the musical talents of Rolando Sosa, Lugua Centeno, Chela Torres, Justo Miranda, Andy Palacio, and others. Garifuna Soul was recorded by Ivan Duran and Gil Abarbanel in a relaxed atmosphere at Sandy Beach Resort in beautiful Hopkins village. The result is a natural sound that captures Aurelio’s spontaneous character and intensity.
Following in the footsteps of the legendary Parranderos from the Caribbean coast of Central America, with an enchanting blend of African and Latin acoustic roots, Aurelio emerges as one of the most exceptional Garifuna artists of his generation.
This new album, a mix of original and traditional compositions, includes 12 selections, comprising a rich blend of acoustic instruments and soulful vocals. With the stage set for an emotive fusion of traditional and modern, Garifuna Soul has revolutionized, with fresh elegance, the tradition of Paranda music.
Aurelio’s collaboration with Stonetree Records dates back to 1997, when he contributed to the now famous Paranda recording sessions, delivering three masterful performances, including his well-known composition: “Africa” and an inspiring duet with Andy Palacio. Aurelio is an original member of the Garifuna All Star Band and has taken his Paranda music to stages in France, Japan, USA, Mexico and neighboring Central American countries.
released August 29, 2006
Aurelio Martinez: Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, and Garifuna Drums
Justo Miranda: Garifuna Drums
Ivan Solano: Garifuna Drums
Rolando 'Chichiman' Sosa: Acoustic Guitar, Back Vocals, Bass, Garifuna Drums, Congas, Tenor Sax, Percussion
Andy Palacio: Lead Vocals on Lumalali Limaniga
Al Ovando: Bass, Acoustic Guitar
Chella Torres: Lead Vocals on Mala Mujer
Rohjani Periott: Back Vocals
Lugua Centeno: Lead Vocals on Santo Negro and Deme Nowen, Shakas, Turtle Shells
Alantl Molina: Jarana
Ivan Duran: Electric Guitar, Guitarron, Maya K'ekchi' Guitar
Emmeth Young: Percussion on Lumalali Limaniga
Produced By Ivan Duran
Original recording sessions engineered and co-produced by Gil Abarbanel at Sandy Beach Resort, Hopkins Village, Belize
Additional recordings by Ivan Duran at the Stonetree Studio, Benque Viejo, Belize and OBG's Studio, Dangriga, Belize
Mixed and Mastered by Al Ovando at the Stonetree Lab
Album photography by Katia Paradis
Back cover photo by Mina Barcenas
Lyrics transcribed and translated by Aurelio Martinez and Andy Palacio
Graphic Design by Tim O'Malley / YQ
It's so hard to choose a favorite song- the whole album is such a jam! This CD lives in my car CD player, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm even picking up some Garifuna, reading the lyrics and listening to the songs constantly. katcatalano
Beautiful songs of sorrow and hope from the descends of african slaves that have become the Garifuna people out of the old sugar colonies. It is caribbean and then its not. More melancholy and more non-friendly but in a good way.