Rising world-music star Aurelio Martínez jets into Cape Town on 5 April for one exclusive concert in the Baxter Concert Hall in collaboration with local composer and musician Neo Muyanga as part of the Rolex Mentors & Protégés Arts Initiative weekend.
Aurelio Martínez hails from Honduras and is regarded as one of the most important figures in the preservation of Garifuna culture, which is a fusion of African and Caribbean-Indian roots. The Garifuna community are the descendants of escaped slaves from Africa who intermarried with the indigenous people of St Vincent, and are now scattered across Central America.
Martínez’s influence extends beyond music as he works tirelessly to preserve and promote Garifuna culture. He is also the first black person to become a deputy in the National Congress of Honduras, which is the legislative branch of the Honduran Government.
His debut album in 2004, Garifuna Soul, was critically acclaimed and the influential New York radio show Afropop Worldwide rated it in the Top 10 albums of the year and proclaimed Martínez to be newcomer of the year.
At the same time, Neo Muyanga has developed a style of Mzansi music, which draws heavily on the melodies of Sotho and Zulu music. Muyanga burst onto the national stage with his first band, Blk Sonshine, which delivered an intoxicating mix of pop and soul to a country hungry for a crossover, unifying sound. Their hit song Born In A Taxi was the soundtrack to South African life in the late 90s.
On stage together for the first time, Muyanga and Martínez will deliver a heady cocktail of never-before-heard cross-cultural musical delights which ties in perfectly with the values of the Rolex programme. Every two years, Rolex brings artistic masters together with talented young artists for a year of creative collaboration in a one-to-one mentoring relationship in the fields of dance, film, literature, music, theatre, visual arts and – as of 2012 – architecture.
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