Aurelio Martinez presents the latest urban variations of Caribbean-African Garifuna culture in the form of Punta Rock and Garifuna Soul. About two hundred years ago, Caribs and escaped slaves joined forces and intermarried on the island of St. Vincent.
After decades of deportation and migration, the Garifunas now live along the Atlantic coast of Central America, mainly in Belize, Honduras and Nicaragua. The charismatic singer-songwriter Andy Palacio made their music world famous but died in 2008, just as his career was really taking off. Aurelio, who played in Palacio’s band, is now regarded as his legitimate heir. He has also made a name for himself in West Africa – Youssou N’Dour and the Orchestra Baobab made guest appearances on his latest album.
Traffic restrictions From 23 July, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee is closed to motorized traffic between Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Spreeweg. The Haus is still accessible to drivers coming from the direction of the Reichstag but parking is severely restricted. The 100 Bus route will be diverted to Straße des 17. Juni and there is a provisional bus stop “Haus der Kulturen der Welt”. More...