Aurelio grew up as a prodigy of percussion. He’s managed to parlay all of it into a spectacular career, one that will bring him to the Duke City as part of ¡Globalquerque! this weekend. He will perform at 10:30 tonight.
Aurelio performs Garifuna music – a genre found in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The music is heavy on drums.
Aurelio is ready to return to the Land of Enchantment for a show.
“I have performed in Santa Fe, and returning to New Mexico is a great joy for me because the public is very open to Garifuna music (my genre of music),” he says. “I hope to establish a place in the hearts of the people attending my concert and leave them with the spirit of the Garifuna people through our music.”
The musician began performing as a teenager and he says there were a number of factors in him becoming a professional musician.
“For me, music is my third mother tongue or maybe the second,” he says. “I do not know when I learned music. My entire life I have always loved making music. I did decide to take it as a serious career in 1997, on the bicentennial of the arrival of the Garifuna to Honduras. It was a conscious decision: As part of this celebration and recognition of the Garifuna people, after being in such a marginalized state. At this time, I felt a new awakening for the Garifuna people.”
Since 1995, Aurelio has released six albums, with his latest being “Lándini” in 2014.
He says the music of the Garifuna people has traditionally been about daily experiences.
“With time, I have managed to develop my songwriting to address social problems from the perspective of the community to a global orientation,” he says. “I write my songs for the soul, heart and mind.”