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Laru Beya

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Lubara Wanwa
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Laru Beya
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Yange
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Wéibayuwa
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Yurumei
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Ineweyu
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Bisien nu
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Mayahuabá
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Tio Sam
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Wamada
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Nuwaruguma
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Ereba
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 48:12

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Chris Nickson lives in Leeds, England, the city where he was born. He moved back to the UK in 2005 after spending 30 years in the US, where he freelanced for nu...more »

01.14.11
Remembering exactly where he came from
2011 | Label: Sub Pop Records

There are moments on this disc, such as on the opening cut "Lubara Wanwa," where Aurelio comes across as Manu Chao's laid-back cousin from Honduras. Instead of the Frenchman's ska on speed, Aurelio prefers a slow, lazy Caribbean skank. It's dripping with sunshine, but it's just one weapon in his musical arsenal. His songs draw on several local traditions of his people, the Garifuna descendants of slaves shipwrecked on the Central American coast. This… read more »

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The Garifuna people have their cultural origins in the wreck of a slave ship bound from West Africa. Abandoned on the Caribbean coast of Honduras, they intermingled with the Arawak and Carib tribes and the music of the resulting community reflects just the blend of elements one might expect, along with some that might be surprising. On this album from Garifuna artist Aurelio, you’ll hear Brazilian-style percussion patterns, lyrics in French and in the Garifuna language, grooves derived from reggae and rocksteady, and gorgeously layered call-and-response harmony vocals. This is music simultaneously joyful and sad; notice, in particular, the bouncy and percolating groove that buoys “Yange” above its undertow of regret and sorrow, and the strangely goofy guitar sounds that add a layer of whimsy over the moody minor-key chord progression of “Bisien Nu.” The title track is built on the rubber-band beat of vintage rocksteady, but counterbalances the rhythm’s lightness with a rich density of horns and voices. And the album’s closing track, the utterly sumptuous “Ereba,” inhabits a strange borderland somewhere between samba and township jive. Listen to this album three or four times in quick succession and you’ll hear something different each time; it’s difficult to imagine growing tired of it. – Rick Anderson

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