(VIDEO) of Garifuna Singer Songwriter AURELIO MARTINEZ’s Intimate Concert Performance and Interview on KEXP 90.3FM In SEATTLE on TUESDAY December 30th 2014

 

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Seattle, Washington — Public Radio Station KEXP 90.3 FM in Seattle, Washington has finally released video of the intimate performance and interview of Garifuna Singer Songwriter Aurelio Martinez on it’s Wo’ Pop Radio Show with Host Darek Mazzone which took place on Tuesday, December 30th 2014.

Garifuna Singer Songwriter at KEXP 90.3 FM in Seattle on Tuesday, December 30th 2014.

Garifuna Singer Songwriter at KEXP 90.3 FM in Seattle on Tuesday, December 30th 2014.

This performance was a short preview of Mr. Aurelio Martinez’s show which took place later that evening at The Triple Door in Seattle.  The Triple Door is a dinner theater, lounge and music venue which was founded in 2003.  This venue often has concerts for independent music artists, folk singers and world music artists.

In an article in the Seattle Weekly which previewed Mr. Aurelio Martinez’s show in Seattle, Not only did Writer Devon Leger put Aurelio’s concert in context, Devon Leger also gave  readers some insight on Garifuna people in the Seattle.  It was interesting to read that an estimated 1,500 people of Garifuna descent reside in Seattle and it was also nice to see figures like Garifuna musician Ricardo Guity Blanco quoted and helping to explain the significance of Mr. Aurelio Martinez’s concert in Seattle and his touring overall.  1

Aurelio Martinez – Lead Vocals, Guitar

Tony Peñalva – Guitar

Day Bernardez (from Los Angeles Garifuna Musical Group Libaya Baba) – Claves

Denton Figueroa – Maracas

Songs performed (all from the new Aurelio Martinez “Landini” album) during this intimate concert on KEXP 90.3 FM include:

“Nari Golu” (“My Golden Tooth” in the Garifuna Language).

“Landini” (“Landing / Landing Place” in the Garifuna Language).

“Funa Tugudirugu”  (“New Born Child” in the Garifuna Language).

“Nando” (“Leonardo” in the Garifuna Language).

In between some of the songs, Wo’ Pop Host Darek Mazzone interviewed Aurelio Martinez. Below is video of the entire Performance and Interview.

The Wo Pop Radio show is a weekly three hour show which exclusively focuses on Modern Global Music.  It airs every Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm, PST.  2

KEKP 90.3 FM is a public radio station based in Seattle which specializes in Indie rock and  alternative music.  3

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.   4

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 Caribbean 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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Garifuna Singer Songwriter Aurelio Martinez in an intimate performance on KEXP 90.3 FM in Seattle on TUESDAY, December 30th 2014.

Garifuna Singer Songwriter Aurelio Martinez in an intimate performance on KEXP 90.3 FM in Seattle on TUESDAY, December 30th 2014.

 

 

Notes:

  1. http://www.seattleweekly.com/home/955983-129/aurelio-martinezs-music-of-home
  2. https://www.kexp.org/programs/WoPop
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KEXP-FM
  4. Nancie L. Gonzalez, “Sojourners of the Caribbean: Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Garifuna” pg. 21

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