Fecha: 18 noviembre 2018
Hora: 12:00 m > 9:00 pm
Lugar: 48th & Hoover
Dirección: 4801 South Hoover Street, Los Angeles, CA 90037, United States

Garifuna Street Fest 2018 – Children 12 and under FREE!! (323) 628-5403
“Dise luwei wageira, mémegi
ragüñu waña luagu wanichigu – Far from our country, still we hold on to our culture – Lejos de nuestro pais, todavia nos aferramos a nuestra cultura”

GAHFU petitioned and has received from the City of Los Angeles’ Mayor Garcetti a Proclamation making Aurelio Martinez Suazo, the International Garifuna Cultural Ambassador! It will be presented to him during the event.

The month of November is significant because Garinagu from Belize, Guatemala, and Nicaragua celebrate their settlement day during this month. Only Honduras observes it on April 12. Also, November is the original Settlement month established by Thomas Vincent Ramos for all Garinagu. In recognition of Garifuna Heritage Month, Gahfu Garifuna will host the Garifuna Street Fest 2018 to celebrate all Garinagu. Mark your calendar and save the date Sunday, November 18, 2018. History will be made again!

Come and celebrate the 2nd annual Garifuna Street Fest 2018 with us, there will be 2 stages, dj music, live bands, dance floor, drum workshop & repair, Garifuna Wanaragua mask, shell knee shakers, & outfit workshop, tight security, video game truck, jumpers, and storytelling for the children. Also, Garifuna gastronomy, arts & crafts, and some of the greatest performers in the diaspora. We are having a block party on the corners of 48th & Hoover Street in South Los Angeles under the approval from the City of Los Angeles’ Special Events. All are welcome to feel the love, enjoy the music, live the culture, and eat the food. Welcome Budari Dance Company from New York and to our Master of Ceremonies (MC) Araceli Allie.

Main Stage Program:
12 – 12:50 pm Budari Dance Co – Blessing of Event
12:50 – 1:30 pm Araceli Allié, Host Intro
1:30 – 2:45 pm Lil June live
2:45 – 3 pm Araceli Allié, Host
3 – 3:45 pm Budari Dance Co
Cultural Drumming Ensemble
3:45 – 4 pm Araceli Allié, Host
4 – 5:30 pm Aziatic live Backed by Garifuna All Star Band
5:30 – 7 pm Aurelio Martinez live Backed by Garifuna All Star Band
7 – 8 pm Budari Dance Co Closing Act

Stage 2 Program:
12 – 2 pm DJ Music (Dance Floor)
2 – 2:30 pm Awahaya Puntarockers Band
2:30 – 3:00 pm Wanaragua International
3:00 – 3:30 pm Libaya Baba Cultural Drummers
3:30 – 4:00 Mundo Wanaragua
4:00 – 4:30 pm Awahaya Puntarockers
4:30 – 5:00 pm DJ Music
5:00 – 5:30 pm Libaya Baba Cultural Drummers
5:30 – 7 pm DJ Music

*Garifuna Drum Making & Repair conducted by Glen Garcia
*Wanaragua Mask, Shells, & Wardrobe conducted by Antonio Norales
*Children’s Storytelling & Learning Garifuna conducted by Georgette Lambey


Hudutu (fish soup with coconut milk and mashed ripe & green plantain), Tapóu (fried fish soup with green banana & vegetable), Búndiga (coconut milk broth with fish and grated banana), Darasa (green banana tamale), Dúkunu (sweet corn tamales), Fried fish, Tamales, Salbutes, Garnaches, Pulali (porridge), Saháü (cassava porridge), Coconut Bread, Boil-Up (ground food with pigtail or fish), Fish Panades (fried corn and fish patties), Counch fritters (fried counch meat in a flour batter), Wángula. There will also be a Lemonade stand, Chidlren snacks, hotdogs & drinks, etc.

*VIP section available with private table, chairs, restroom, 2 drinks, plus souvenir $20 per couple

*Live Broadcast & Official Videography by EditYourVideo.com
*Official photography by Louis Reyes LDR Visions
*Main Stage Hosted by Araceli Allié – Stage 2 Managed by Ali Allié
*Profesional Sound & lights by Omar Sound and Eden Ramos
*Equipment rental and professional sound & lights by Eden Ramos’ Kim’s Party Supply


Singer-songwriter, guitarist and percussionist, Aurelio Martinez aka AURELIO (born 1969), is one of Central America’s most gifted performers. Born in Honduras, the artist is known for his powerful and evocative voice. He is a major tradition-bearer of the Garifuna culture and music and he is considered nowadays as the Cultural Ambassador of the Garifuna nation.

The Garinagu, commonly known as the Garifuna are people of Amerindian and West African descents who live along the coasts of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The original home of the Garifuna is St. Vincent (one of the windward islands in the West Indies) from which they were deported in 1796 by the British government and landed on Roatan island, situated in the Bay Islands of Honduras.

Aurelio grew up in a small Caribbean village called Plaplaya, surrounded by a family of talented musicians. His father was a well-known local troubadour who improvised Paranda songs containing Garifuna roots rhythms and Latin sounds. Following the influence of his uncles and grandfather, he became a brilliant drummer in his early childhood. From his vocally gifted mother, he learned to sing and picked up many songs she crafted. Actually, Aurelio began performing at Garifuna ceremonies when just a boy, even at the most sacred events where children were usually not even allowed. At the age of 14, the young man became a respected musician with a firm grounding in Garifuna rhythms, rituals and songs.

While attending secondary school at the provincial capital of La Ceiba, Aurelio dove into diverse and innovative musical projects that took him outside the traditional sphere of performance. By this time, he played professionally with popular Latin ensembles and refined his musical skills.

In the late 80’s, he created his first group called Lita Ariran, who was one of the first Garifuna traditional music and dance group to appear on the international scene and most specifically in Japan. His first album was produced by his friend Akira Tomita with the Japanese company JVC World Sounds (Grupo Garifuna de Honduras, LITA ARIRAN (JVC Records, 1995). Later, Aurelio received the award for the Best singer of Garifuna music and his group Lita Ariran was rewarded for the Best cultural group of the year at the Garifuna World Music Awards, in New York (1998). The less we could say is that Lita Ariran‘s first and unique album remains most certainly a legendary treasure of the Garifuna music nowadays.

In 1997, Aurelio meets his Belizean friend and fellow musician Andy Palacio. The two artists struck up a decades-long friendship thanks in part to their shared hopes for the future of Garifuna music and culture. Through Palacio, Aurelio met Ivan Duran, the tireless producer behind Belize’s Stonetree Records. The same year, the young artist participated in a paranda project, including the King of Paranda Paul Nabor “Nabi”, Junie Aranda, Jursino Cayetano, Andy Palacio, among others. Critics around the world acknowledge PARANDA: AFRICA IN CENTRAL AMERICA (Stonetree Records, 1999) as being one of the best albums to come out of this part of the world. It is in fact a very rich collection of three generations of paranderos with a depth and range that grows with each listen. From the haunting, bluesy exuberance of Paul Nabor’s “Naguya Nei” to the fresh sounds of Aurelio’s “Africa”, this album takes the listener through the tapestry of feeling and soulful striving that lies at the heart of the Garifuna culture.

In 2007, Aurelio was invited to participate in the album WATINA (Stonetree Records, Cumbancha, 2007) featuring Andy Palacio and The Garifuna Collective who received the prestigious WOMEX Award, a respected acknowledgment from the world music industry. Additionally, the album Watina was declared the Greatest World Music Album of All Times by Amazon.com
in 2010.

Andy Palacio passed away unexpectedly at the young age of 48, leaving the Garifuna community stunned and bereft. ”Aurelio was still a congressman, but he left the congress session to go to Belize for the funeral,” Duran recalls. “He hadn’t been playing guitar for months because of his intense political commitments. But after Andy’s passing, he gave a few concerts and he knew he needed to start recording right away.”

Together with Ivan Duran, several veteran Garifuna musicians, and the occasional local ensemble dropping into the studio, Aurelio began laying down the tracks for this recording in a cabana on the beach. Laru Beya was not only a way of honoring Andy Palacio as a person; it was a means for continuing his mission of uplifting and expanding what it meant to be a Garifuna artist.

By the year 2008, Aurelio was selected worldwide musician by the Afropop legend Youssou N’Dour, within the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Most definitely, this was a major event allowing Aurelio and the Garifuna music to open up for the first time to African famous musicians. With no doubt, this opportunity of sharing was another main step in the artist’s developing career. Aside of exchanging valuable points of view about the former it gave him new ideas about musical technical features as well as an exciting possibility to share the stage with Youssou N’ Dour in places such as Senegal, New York (Nokia Theater) and Vienna (Vienna Jazz Festival). At the end of this journey, Aurelio’s dream of traveling one day to the African continent finally became true.


The renowned, Belizean garifuna artist, Aziatic, has been one of the most dynamic and energetic stars in punta rock and paranda music for over 20 years. With a style that combines the energy of his north American home with the rhythmic, cultural roots of his Belizean birthplace, the young man born as Vince Lewis was not only among the legends that helped bring young people back to the punta rock scene, but is in the studio even now working on his latest project for today, while looking to help mentor and produce the young Belizean talent of tomorrow.

Bursting onto the punta rock scene in 1996 with his debut CD, Jam 96X, Aziatic is recognized by a generation of adoring fans and fellow entertainers as a ground-breaking artist, innovator, entrepreneur, promoter and investor. His story has become one of both courage and inspiration to an entirely new generation of Belizean youth, a journey that began in the coastal village of Hopkins, just south of Dangriga in Belize.

From making homemade instruments with his childhood friends in Hopkins, to being drafted into holiday plays and productions in school, Vince’s natural ability to take the lead in both musical and theatrical shows was clear. But it was young Vince’s first glimpse of Michael Jackson in the music video, Thriller, that first blew him away, and ignited a fire in him for the entertainment aspect of performing that remains burning in him to this day!

Upon moving to California, he again was recruited for plays and singing in church, and by junior high he was already inspired to start producing shows at school assemblies inspired by Michael Jackson videos like Man In The Mirror and The Way You Make Me Feel, for which he was already beginning to make a name for himself. After a brief time back in Belize, Vince and his family moved to New York where he began to learn song writing and professional studio recording, and eventually began to do background vocals, which led to an opportunity to audition for a boy band produced by Jackie Jackson, where he learned about writing and the music business.

After joining a group called Kid Power where he was the lead singer and choreographer, he met such influential people as Barry Fasman (producer of Fame), Billy Blanks Jr. (son of TaeBo creator Billy Blanks Sr.), through whom he got to know Paula Abdul, who offered Vince the opportunity to be a part one of her workout videos.

With all of the exposure to such talent and experience, Vince was determined to take what he had learned back to his community in Belize, in order to “take things to the next level” back home. Soon after, as Aziatic, he dropped his first CD, the now classic Jam96X (to this day, one of the most successful CDs released in Belize), followed by The Rebirth, and then went to Stone Tree Records to produce The Most Wanted, followed by The Scripture, then back to Stone Tree for the CD Crazy For We, with the Griga Boys.

Aziatic has shared the stage with legendary Belizean punta rock artist Andy Palacio, paranda music icon Paul Nabor, and famed garifuna paranda musician Junior Aranda.

As an entrepreneur, promoter, and investor, Aziatic created the first website of its kind dedicated to promoting Belizean artists; and started Sta-tic Productions from which he not only released 11 studio albums of his own, but produced those of other artists as well. As the creator of DaNetwork magazine, the “Best of the Best” punta rock concert series, and Thatch House Records, Aziatic has always been dedicated to featuring, promoting and producing Belizean artists as well as the businesses in the local community.

He is in the studio now working on his latest project that will move to a more mature paranda sound that will showcase Aziatic’s vocal ability, while conveying what’s going on in the culture and social issues that affect the Belizean and garifuna communities.

Today, Aziatic’s journey has come full circle; and after going through all of the ups and downs, the trials and triumphs that are an integral part of where he is today, his mission is on automATIC now. From singing on stage to giving back to his community, it is all automATIC . . . a natural outflow of this new season in his life and career, leaving a legacy of hope and inspiration for the next generation. Ubafu.bz


Junior Jose Alvarez was born on July 25, 1993. He is known by his stage name Lil June – La Punta Chow. He is a Garifuna-American international, Punta Rock singer, songwriter, actor, director, producer, editor, and dancer from Brooklyn, New York. His dedication to music, performing, and touring has made him very popular among a diversity of audiences. The last child of Julia Ramirez and Jose “Yitin” Alvarez, Lil June debuted on the professional music scene in 2004 along with his father’s band, Garifuna Millennium. In 2006, Lil June created his own musical group, Sensation Band. In 2008, he joined Grupo Xcstacy. But it was not until 2009, that he decided to start his solo career. Lil June joined SKM Records at the age of 15. In 2010, Lil June became the first youngest Garifuna artist to tour around the world, gaining even more success and recognition. He was recognized as the Newest Artist of Garifuna Music of the Year and he debuted his first solo album entitled, “Let’s do this!”. He also launched the video “Outro/Jam Session” featuring Yung Pablo. Lil June’s solo debut live album “La Punta Live” Vol. 1 released in 2012. It was the best selling album of his career. He gained more success and popularity giving him the new image as the upcoming Punta Rock artist commanding authority on the stage and making the crowd dance non-stop. The hit single and music video for his song “Do You Wanna Dance” was credited with exposing Punta music to the world. Lil June’s live performances on different stages in the United States from the East to the West and in Central America, including his music videos have helped propel Lil June’s appeal. While on stage, Lil June performs a number of complicated and well-coordinated dance techniques, such as bringing the classic steps and moves to incorporating new steps that have never been used in Punta Rock music dancing before. Lil June is a big inspiration to other youth trying to hold on to their culture, to people in general, and to those who come to enjoy Garifuna music from different cultures. Lil June had always loved music since he was a little kid. He grew up around his father who loved Garifuna music that it helped him to get inspired at an early age. However, Lil June did not want to do Punta music because he was so into R&B, Hip Hop, and other genres. He would entertain himself watching music videos, interviews, and listen to a lot of music. As he went to a party with his parents at the age of 6, the DJ played a Punta record by Aziatic called “Chikkitikola”, and after hearing that record, Lil June fell in love with Punta and that is what made him want to get into Garifuna Punta music. He asked his father to teach him how to play the piano and to learn how to play other instruments as he was growing up. Lil June finally entered the music industry in 2004 as the piano player and director of his father’s group Garifuna Millennium Band. He left in 2006 to pursue other opportunities. He created his own group Sensation band in 2006 alongside musicians such as John Jon, Landito, DJ Primetime, Mateo, Yung Pablo, Tyron, and Tito until 2008. He joined Grupo Xcstacy in 2008 as the conga player and as the keyboard player for 5 months. Things began to pick up when Lil June launched his solo career in 2009. He joined SKM Records where he was able to do the things he wanted to do a long time ago, such as singing his own songs, breakdancing, and basically be different. Lil june is now working on movies, TV shows, and making commercials. He is presently recording his first official debut studio album “The New Chapter”. He continues to tour, to produce albums, to do interviews, and to go to college. He enjoys meeting other famous artists, bands, people from different cultures, and living the life of a upcoming superstar and still aiming for more. Produced by Rony Figueroa Media Management by Cheryl L. Noralez www.garifunaheritagefoundation.org


The elite musicians who were hand selected by Aurelio and Aziatic to back them up are: Drummie Blanco, son of the legendary drummer Pedro Blanco from Labuga. Young P Martinez, an all-around, multi-talented young musician, music produce, and artist, was born in the Bronx, New York from Honduran parents. Marlon Alegria is a well-known musicia whose specialty is playing keyboard. He is the founder and owner of Caribbean Dynamics Band. Yung Chriss Arana is a product of Wagia Kids Band from Los Angeles and son of the most popular bass player Sonny D. Chriss works his magic behind his keyboard. Roy Da Drumma is the mult-talented musician singer, promoter, and producer behind today’s Mr. Garifuna Contest, 501 Band, and many local cultural and social events among Belizeans in Los Angeles. Glen GARCIA “Q” is also the mult-talented musician singer, promoter, and producer behind the early Mr. Garifuna Contest, Umalalistudios, Wadabu Garifuna Kitchen, drum making and repair, and member of Pal’s Ibanyani Band, Punta Cartel, etc. Bernardo Higgins Higinio is the legendary turtle shell player and original member of Pen Cayetano’s Turtle Shell Band. He is now a member of Punta Cartel / Puntamania Band.


Budari Dance Company was born on March 13, 2011 with the mission to help unify the familia Garifuna in the United States. Being away from home in Central America is not easy, but through our culture and traditions, we remain united as one. Budari Dance Company is able to bring together a group young talented artists from the diaspora and they represent who we are today. A united family that portrays a positive message, good vibes, and the wisdom of our Garifuna culture. Throughout our performances, we have been fortunate to be able to share our cultural richness with other peoples, visited places, and learned about other ethnic cultures of the world.

Budari Dance Company has opened its doors to people who are interested in learning about our cultural assets such as dance, drumming, traditional singing, acting, even gastronomy, and arts & crafts. We sacrifice ourselves working hard as good immigrants to provide for our families, and we integrate Budari Dance Company in our daily living in order to maintain our traditions alive and showcase it to the world.

Choreography by Budari Palacios. Budari was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on 13 March. In the 90s, she worked as a member of world-renown Ballet Nacional Folklorico Garifuna de Honduras, under the directorate of Armando Crisanto Melendez (Wayujuru Saravanga), as Dancer and Garifuna y cultural ambassador. In the year 2000, Budari Palacios worked in the Bronx, New York with a group known as Nuwani. In 2009, she brought together Carlos Norales (Bodoma), Felix Gamboa, and other talented Garinagu to form Bodoma and Budari Garifuna Cultural Group. She was the choreographer and dancer, today this group is known as Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of NY.

Co-founder Frank O. Palacios, was born New York on January 24. He was raised in Puerto Barrios and Livingston, Guatemala. In the 80s, he goes back to New York where he started working in talent search. He becomes well-known among the different Garifuna ensembles and he also started promoting social events as a DJ. His goal was to become more familiar with his own culture to be able to promote it and showcase it to the highest level. He wanted his children to have a better understanding of the traditions, music, and culture.


Garifuna Street Fest 2018 welcomes the top cultural drummers Libaña Baba. It is pronounced (Li-ba-ya Ba-ba) and it means “Grandfather’s Grandchildren.” The group consists of three brothers; Jeffrey, Kelsie and Dayton Bernardez plus cousin Shaka Higinio, and Greg Palacio. “Our first influence came from our grandfather, Cyril Antonio and other master drummers of Dangriga, Belize”. After migrating to Los Angeles, California in the late seventies, They felt the need to preserve their indigenous Garifuna culture. Libaya Baba has retained the traditional format of “call and response” in songs to uphold the memory of their ancestors! Their music is accompanied by a pair of Sísira (maracas), one Primero drum (small wooden snare drum), two Segunda drums (mid size & large wooden bass drums), Conch and Turtle shells. The genre of music they play is varied, namely Hüngü-hüngü, Paranda, Punta (Bándigi), Kulióu (slower form of Punta), Wanaragua, Hupi maladi, Wárini (prelude to Wanaragua), Gunjéi, 2 for shilling, Chumba and Chárikanári. To date, Libaya Baba has intrigued audiences locally and throughout the U.S. LIBAYA BABA will be performing in Stage 2 with an ample dance floor under a tent.


Awahaya Punta Rockers is one of Los Angeles newest cultural bands founded by seasoned Dangriga musicians such as the multi-talented Bootsy Rankin, Dua Faltas Nolberto, and Kelsy Bernardez. This amazing cultural band has very talented individuals who have come from other popular bands like Penn Cayetano and The Turtle Shell Band, the Mighty Wagia, and Libaya Baba. The Awahaya Puntarockers Band is under the leadership of Dua (Faltas) Nolberto and Bootsy Rankin, with four other members that play the Shacka (sísira / maracas), Turtleshells, primero and segundo Drums, and the keyboard. Their music is called “Hudutu Music”, Arabu (farm) directly from the roots and culture plantations. AWAHAYA means (We are here). Awahaya punta rockers is a recent creation from the minds of some Dangriga’s most recognizable face in most traditional puntarock music genre. The band has been togather since 2014 playing in different Los Angeles venues, clubs, wedding, birthdays, chugu, and concerts. Awahaya captures the spirit of Dangriga’s original Turtle Shell band in Belize in its early days. AWAHAYA PUNTAROCKERS will be performing in Stage 2 with an ample dance floor under a tent.


Wanaragua International Group of Los Angeles – Chief Flavio Álvarez and Ivan Martinez and Mundo Wanaragua- Jankunú World from Boston – Chief Antonio Norales – The History of the Wanaragua Dance

The origin of this masked dance dates back to the epoch in which the Garífuna inhabited Saint Vincent Island (XVII-XIX century). In those days, the British colonizers infiltrated the island, setting their sight on the huge expansions of land and the local work force, the Black Carib. These Garífuna ancestors resisted imperialist attacks and engaged in armed conflict with the British. This dance readopts the disguise that the Garífuna warrior utilized as a strategic defense against British forces. It is a celebration of their military victories.
According to Garífuna oral tradition, Barauda, the wife of the legendary Garífuna chief, Satuye, insulted her husband for not “being enough of a man” to avenge the British. The British were invading their communities and burning their cassava fields. She says, “Women, we are going to have to dress as men and fight against the British. Meanwhile, men, you had better dress as women. Because the only thing you do is flee each time the British come near our villages.”
In response, Satuye developed a strategy whereby Garífuna men disguised themselves in women’s clothing. The British entered the Garífuna towns unprepared, not expecting male resistance. They assumed that only women were at home in the villages. Dressed as women, the male warriors assaulted the British and took the troops off guard. That is how the Garífuna cleverly deceived the British.

Source: https://www.wilderutopia.com/traditions/caribbean-garifuna-disguised-warriors-dance-wanaragua/


Garifuna Street Fest 2018 Master of Ceremonies Araceli Allié (aka Araceli Nuñez) was born and raised in a remote Island in Honduras named Riotinto. She is the seventh of ten siblings and she refers to herself as the “lucky seven”. Her mother was well rounded in Garifuna culture and worked the land by farming, making and selling casave. She made Garifuna food with everything and anything that yuca produced, including ereba, giju (gihu), aru, morumoruti, farina and dumari. Araceli inherited from her mother the love of cooking Garifuna food and enjoys making hudutu, bimekakule, dani, dugunu / dúkunu, and letu (atol).

Araceli migrated to the United States when she was 14 years old and lived in New York City for over 25 years, where she attended Metropolitan College and Adelphi University, obtaining her master’s degree in Social Work. She earned her credentials as a Licensed Master in Social Work (LMSW) and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has worked in the mental health field for over 15 years, providing individual, family, group, child and adolescent psychotherapy and supportive counseling, as well as evidence-based trauma and depression intervention. She is currently the Center Manager at an Altamed PACE program in Southern California, a program of all-inclusive health care for the elderly.

In the Garifuna community, Araceli has been active in community events as a member of Hondurenos Contra El Sida/ at Casa Yurumein in Bronx, New York and as a sponsor of the Dometila Flavia Ferndandez Essay Contest in conjunction with the Garifuna Coalition. She has hosted the Garifuna Heritage Awards and Cultural Night in New York.

Araceli has had a passion for acting and performing since childhood, participating in plays, comedias and coronaciones since she was four years old. As an adult, she studied at the Steller Adler School of Acting in New York City and the Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio in Hollywood, and also trained at the improv school The Groundlings. She has appeared in a reality show pilot, corporate training videos and as the character “Yanisi” in the feature film “Garifuna in Peril.” She is now writing two scripts and plans to direct her first film soon. In addition to her professional and creative endeavors, Araceli is an avid runner and has competed in multiple 5K and 10K races in Southern California along with her husband, Ali Allié.