Moderated by Jessica Swanston Baker (Music, University of Chicago)
Aurelio Martínez, singer-songwriter, guitarist and percussionist, is a master of Garifuna music from Honduras and Central America. One of the most extraordinary and passionate Central American artists of his generation, Aurelio is champion of Paranda music and the International Ambassador of the Garifuna culture, a threatened African Amerindian ethnic minority living primarily along the Caribbean coasts of Belize and Honduras, but also Guatemala and Nicaragua. Hailing from the small community of Plaplaya in Honduras, he grew up immersed in Garifuna rhythms, rituals and songs. With his powerfully evocative vocals, his charisma and his talent as a composer, guitarist and percussionist, Aurelio is a central figure in the perpetuation and innovation of this unique musical tradition.
Cosponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, UChicago Presents, and the Global Voices Lecture Series of International House. With support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest.
This event will be live captioned.
A concert stream of Aurelio Martínez and the Garifuna Soul Band will be available April 23–25 via UChicago Presents. Tickets are $15; free for UChicago students. More info: