The Garifuna are an ethnic minority of African-Amerindians living in Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, and Belize. Their music, parranda, is rooted in the sacred practices of spirit-possession and showcases dense percussive range and vocal artistry.

Singer and guitarist Aurelio Martinez was born in 1976 into a family with a long and distinguished musical tradition in the small Garifuna community of Plaplaya in Honduras. He has followed in the footsteps of the legendary parranderos of the Caribbean coast of Central America. He has helped to both preserve and modernize parranda and is recognized for his distinctive, penetrating vocals and his talent as a composer.

Martinez has toured Europe, the United States, Mexico and Central America. He entered politics in 2005, becoming the first black senator in the Honduran congress.

Making up the rest of Garifuna Soul is Rolando "Chichiman" Sosa (back-up vocals, percussion), Emilio Alvarez (bass, back-vocals), Eduardo "Guayo" Cedeno (lead guitar, back-up vocals), Carlos "Bodoma" Norales (Garifuna drum, back-up vocals), and Onan "Sambo" Castillo (lead Garifuna drum).

SCHEDULE: Saturday, JFK Plaza, 3 p.m., Boarding House Park, 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, Boarding House Park, 5 p.m.