Garifuna Artist, Aurelio, to tour UK

Aurelio Martinez one of the world's leading Garifuna artists has just announced his 2011 UK tour schedule (see below).

Aurelio, from Honduras, on the Atlantic coast of Central America, is recognised for his powerfully evocative vocals and his talent as a composer, guitarist and percussionist. He is one of the most extraordinary and passionate artists of his generation, and a major tradition-bearer of the Garifuna culture that fuses African and Caribbean roots.

"Laru Beya", Aurelio's latest album (out now on Real World), is a testament to the struggles of the past and hopes for the future of the Garifuna, a community which originated from African slaves ship-wrecked on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. The album was recorded in Honduras, Belize and Senegal, where Aurelio worked with Youssou N'Dour and Orchestra Baobab, who both guest on Laru Beya.

Aurelio and his band performed at WOMAD earlier this year as well as the Barbican and now they return to tour the UK and to promote the new album.

'Laru Beya' - Album out now on Real World Records (CDRW180)
CD/ download, UK distribution by Proper

AURELIO - Live in the UK in November 2011:

06 Nov Colston Hall, Bristol -
08 Nov NCEM, York -
09 Nov The Sage Gateshead, Gateshead -
10 Nov South Street, Reading -
11 Nov Lighthouse, Poole -
12 Nov OCM, Oxford -
14 Nov The Stables, Milton Keynes -
15 Nov The Junction, Cambridge -
16 Nov Union Chapel, London -
17 Nov mac, Birmingham -
18 Nov Band on the Wall, Manchester -
19 Nov Pontardawe Arts Centre, Swansea

The tour is presented in conjunction with Making Tracks, (now in its second successful year), which is a traveling season of concerts presented in partnership with 12 major music venues around the country:

You can also check out Aurelio on YouTube here:

The Laru Beya Sessions (EPK):
Tio Sam (Live performance at the Paléo Festival):
Lubara Wanwa feat. Youssou N'Dour (music video):