The Garifuna people are direct descendants of the survivors of two shipwrecked Nigerian slave ships that landed on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent in 1675. Those survivors inter-married with native Caribbeans; they were exiled by the British to Roatan Island off the coast of Honduras in 1797 and then disbursed across Central America.
Against all odds, this tiny ethnic group has survived three exiles (from Africa, from St. Vincent and from Roatan). There are about 600,000 identifiable Garifuna in the world today, mostly living in Belize, Guatemala and Honduras, with about 100,000 in New York’s Bronx borough.
Aurelio Martinez (pictured above) is the greatest living exponent of Garifuna music, which has had a massive worldwide revival in the last 20 years. You’ll hear a track from Aurelio’s new album Darandi on this week’s program, part of a full set of Garifuna music.
Also this week: Tinariwen’s new album, the pachuco sound of 1950’s Mexican-Americans, and Balkan songs of immigration.
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Bill Lupoletti 96 February 15th, 2017
Posted In: Music Shows