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Brooklyn, New York — Garifuna Music Star AURELIO MARTINEZ will perform an intimate concert featuring selections in the Garifuna music style of Paranda in a farewell performance in Brooklyn on SUNDAY, February 16th 2014.
According to recent statements posted by Mr. Aurelio Martinez on Facebook, this concert apparently will be a farewell concert as his statements on Facebook suggest that he is moving back to his native Honduras.
On Wednesday, February 12th 2014. He posted:
In Spanish, Mr. Aurelio Martinez wrote that he going to,
“return to Honduras and live there because my muse, my music and my soul are there. My people are my inspiration.” — Aurelio Martinez on Facebook.
That same day, he posted notice about this special PARANDA concert.
In second post on February 12th 2014, he explained that there will be a a Paranda concert at Flaco’s Place in Brooklyn and that his ‘farewell’ will take place on Sunday, February 16th 2014 at 8pm. Admission to this special concert will be $15.
Flaco’s Place is located in the basement of a residential home in the East New York section of Brooklyn. It is located at:
506 Sheffield Avenue (corner of Livonia Avenue)
Brooklyn, New York 11207
SUBWAY: 3 Train to Pennsylvania Avenue Subway Stop.
According to the liner notes of the Paranda album released by StoneTree Records as written by Dan Rosenberg, “Paranda is both a Garifuna rhythm and a genre of music. The basic rhythm can be heard in Garifuna traditional drumming styles that date all the way back to St. Vincent and West Africa. Paranda became a genre itself in the 19th century, shortly after the Garifuna arrived in Honduras. It was there where they first encountered Latin music, and incorporated the acoustic guitar and a touch of Latin and Spanish rhythms into the music. Paranda reached its prominence in the early part of the 20th century, and has changed little since. Its instrumentation is totally acoustic, “Garifuna Unplugged”: large wooden Garifuna drums called ‘Primero’ and ‘Segunda’, shakers, scrapers, turtle shell, percussion and acoustic guitar.”
You could probably say that Paranda (or traditional Garifuna music, PERIOD) is equivalent to the Blues genre of music in America.
Garifuna Singer Musician Aurelio Martinez was born in the Garifuna village of Plaplaya, Honduras and is arguably a Garifuna musical artist with the highest profile internationally.
He is the first black person to become a deputy in the National Congress of Honduras.
His 2004 album Garifuna Soul was released internationally by Stonetree Records and won wide acclaim in world music circles. Afropop Worldwide named it a Top 10 Album of 2004 and named Martinez, “newcomer of the year.”
In 2011, he released an album entitled Laru Beya, which included collaboration with Youssou N’Dour and Orchestra Baobab members and a tribute to Martinez’s friend, the late Andy Palacio. It was produced by Ivan Duran and released on StoneTree Records.
In 2010, Aurelio Martinez performed at the Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Festival. In 2011, he performed at Carnegie Hall, as far as I know, he is the first Garifuna musical artist to headline a concert at that prestigious venue. In 2013, he performed as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn Summer Outdoor Concert Series at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.