2014 Concert World Tour Dates for GARIFUNA Singer Songwriter AURELIO MARTINEZ

 

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Brooklyn, New York — Ever since I was forwarded a copy of the biography of Garifuna Singer Songwriter Aurelio Martinez last Fall 2014 by his people; I’ve thought a lot about his legacy and the significance of career as a professional Garifuna musician.  1

Most musicians of Garifuna descent, despite their talent and devotion to their craft are unable to become full-time musicians.  Often, they find it necessary to find other means of employment simply to make a living.  In the tough world of show business and the arts, the fact that Aurelio Martinez is still standing, still relevant and remains a fountain of musical creativity is worth noting.  I try to keep that in mind when I write about Mr. Aurelio Martinez’s musical career.

Cities and Towns that Garifuna Singer Songwriter Aurelio Martinez performed in in the Year 2014.

Cities and Towns that Garifuna Singer Songwriter Aurelio Martinez performed in in the Year 2014.

As a courtesy, I’ve tried to detail tour dates for Garifuna Singer Songwriter Aurelio Martinez in the year 2014.  I have tried to include the names of venues, dates and cities /towns of each date.  If I have missed any locations, dates, etc.  Please write to me and let me know.

Aurelio Martinez 2014 Tour Dates 

February 16th 2014 – Flaco’s Place — Brooklyn, New York

April 2nd 2014 – Social Gathering Palace Corp – Bronx, New York
April 17th 2014 – Parque de Livingston / Obra Del Alcalde Chente Interiano — Livingston, Guatemala
April19th 2014 – Rose Party Hall — Houston, Texas

May 24th 2014 — Social Gathering Palaca Corp – Bronx, New York

August 9th 2014 — Feria Patronal — Rio Esteban, Honduras
August 23rd 2014 — San Juan, Honduras

September 12th 2014 – Madison World Music Festival Global Union – Madison, Wisconsin
September 13th -14th 2014 – World Music Festival — Chicago, Illinois

September 19th-20th 2014 – Lotus World Music and Arts Festival — Bloomington, Indiana

October 16th 2014 – Wiener Konzerthaus (Jeunesse) — Vienna Austria
October 17th 2014 — Jazz Dock in Prague, Czech Republic
October 18th 2014 – Trelbhaus — Innsbruck, Austria
October 19th 2014 –  Church of The Cross, Weltmusik In Der Kreuzkirche — Kassel, Germany

October 21st 2014 – Internationales Kultur Centrum ufaFabrik — Berlin
October 24th 2014 — Global CHP — Copenhagen, Denmark

November 14th 2014 – Puffin Cultural Forum, Teaneck, NJ
November 18th 2014 – Elmira College, Elmira, New York
November 22nd 2014 – Symphony Space, NY, NY
November 23rd 2014 – The Rotunda – Philadelphia, PA
November 28th 2014 – Bongos Sport and Cafe — Houston, Texas
November 29th 2014 – Casa Honduras — New Orleans, Louisiana

December 3rd 2014  – ArtPower Festival at UC San Diego — Price Center East Ballroom– San Diego, California
December 12th 2014 –  Bliss Performing Arts Center, Belize City, Belize
December 13th 2014 – Banquitas House of Culture — Orange Walk, Belize

December 30th 2014 — Seattle, Washington , Triple Door
Also In-studio session with KEXP in Seattle

December 31th 2014 – Portland, Oregon — Beloved Festival Inspired Truth New Year’s Eve Celebration  — Portland Art Museum

2015

January 09th 2015 — DROM — NY, NY
January 10th 2015 — Joe’s Pub — NY, NY

February 13th 2015 –  Artisphere — Arlington, Virginia (Washington D.C.)

February 14th 2015 – Houston, Texas

ABOUT The Garifuna People


The Garifuna people are people of African descent (in other words, Black people) whose ancestry can be traced to Africans mixing with Carib Indians and Arawak Indians on the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent.  From this fusion of race and ethnicities in St. Vincent Island, a distinct culture and language arose.  They are noted for being one of the few (only?) peoples of African descent (again, in other words, Black people) in the Americas to have maintained aspects of their ancestral culture and full use of their ancestral language for everyday use over the course of hundreds of years.

After being defeated in war with the British on St. Vincent in 1796; 1004 men, 1779 women and 1,555 children for a total of 4,338 people (mostly Black Caribs, as the Garifuna people were then known) were captured and taken to Baliceaux, a small island, a rock, basically, off the coast of St. Vincent.  This took place from July 1796 through February/March 1797.  About 2,000 Garifunas died of a mysterious and very infectious fever while living on Baliceaux awaiting their fate.   2

In early March 1797, the remaining Garifunas were loaded onto the HMS Experiment and other ships.  Once they were rounded up, the convoy were taken to a Bequia, which is another island off the coast of St. Vincent. They proceeded to go to Grenada to get water, then Jamaica for refueling, then finally Roatan, Honduras, arriving on April 12th 1797.

Finding much of Roatan unliveable, the Garifuna people petitioned officials representing Spain and it’s government (which controlled much of Central America at the time) to be allowed to move to the Honduran mainland.  Upon being allowed to move to the Honduran mainland, namely the port town of Trujillo, Honduras in May 1797; the Garifunas settled many towns and villages along the Caribean coast of Honduras.  They also migrated to the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize (then known as British Honduras) and Nicaragua over the years.  Finally, Garifuna People have also migrated to the United States of America where generations have settled in cities like New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.

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Cities and Towns that Garifuna Singer Songwriter Aurelio Martinez performed in the Year 2014.

Cities and Towns that Garifuna Singer Songwriter Aurelio Martinez performed in the Year 2014.

Notes:

  1. http://beinggarifuna.com/?p=2373
  2. Nancie L. Gonzalez, “Sojourners of the Caribbean: Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Garifuna” pg. 21

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