Aurelio Martinez

~ Person

Also performs as: Aurelio


Aurelio Martinez is a Honduran musician and politician who is also a member of the Garifuna community. He is the first black person to become a congressman 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 Real World Records.

Aurelio's latest album, Lándini, was released in the UK/Europe on September 15, 2014 and in the USA on September 16, 2014 by Real World Records. Aurelio stated that his mother was "the sole inspiration for [Lándini]" and "my mother sees herself reflected in me, to a large degree, the only one of the family who could fulfill her dream of singing professionally. She reminds me of songs, and will give me advice on music and the songs. She's the best example I have in my life of what a human being should be, my main consultant and confidante."

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Year Title Rating Releases
2010 Garifuna Afro-Combo 1
Garifuna Soul 1

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