The influential world music magazine, <em>Songlines</em>, has chosen the album <em>Darandi</em>, released in 2017 by Honduras-born Rolex music protégé Aurelio Martínez, as one of the editors’ 10 favourite albums
of the year. “With their lilting, soulful melodies, drums and guitars, the <em>paranda</em> songs of the Garifuna people are one of the world’s great musical traditions,” the January/February 2018 issue of British-based
<em>Songlines</em> declares. “Since the death of the great Andy Palacio, it has been left to his former colleague Aurelio Martínez to promote this glorious, compelling music on the international stage… Well worth checking
out, even if you own all his earlier albums.”
The <em>Guardian</em> newspaper in the UK described <em>Darandi</em> as Martínez’s best album yet. A collection of Martínez's favourite songs from throughout his career, the recordings aim to capture the liveliness
of his vibrant public performances. As well as the intense musicality of his work, Martínez's songs have another dimension, as he defends in his lyrics the Garifuna people who face many challenges in their homelands, Honduras, Belize,
Guatemala and Nicaragua. He has described his latest album as the closure of a cycle in his career, the culmination of 30 years of composing and performing <em>emparanda</em> music.
Aurelio Martínez was music protégé, mentored by Youssou N’Dour, in the 2008 - 2009 Rolex Arts Initiative.
<b>Listen to <em>Yalifu</em>, the second track of <em>Darandi</em> above.</b>