Honduras-born Aurelio Martinez, is a major figure in Garifuna culture, a fusion of West African and Central American musics. Awarded ‘AfroPop’s Best Newcomer of the Year’, Aurelio has recently worked with Orchestra Baobab.
"This promises to be one of the albums of the year." **** The Guardian (commenting on his album Laru Beya)
Poet, musician, activist and ‘Womex 2010 Artist Award’ winner Danyel Waro hails from Réunion Island where he is a celebrated champion of Creole culture and once banned Maloya – a fusion of Malagasy and African rhythms.
An outspoken voice from Senegal’s hip-hop generation Carlou D brings spiritual roots music straight from Dakar.
Aurelio was featured in 2007 on the album Watina by Andy Palacio and the Garifuna Collective. This album proved to be the international breakthrough project for Garifuna music in general reaching the No. 1 on the world music charts in Europe before going on to win numerous international awards.
A fusion of Malagasy and African rhythms which originated on the sugar plantations, the once-banned Maloya is today regarded as the national sound of Réunion. Continuing tirelessly to raise local and international awareness of Réunions’ unique cultural heritage, Danyel Waro recently collected a WOMEX Artist Award in Copenhagen in 2010.