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Albuquerque Convention Center Ballroom
401 2nd St. NW
Albuquerque NM 87102
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Tickets are $17 in advance, $22 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available through Hold My Ticket (112 2nd St SW), 505-886-1251, Monday to Friday 9 AM - 6 PM, Sat & Sun 11 AM - 6 PM.
This concert is being held as part of La Cosecha Dual Language Conference and will help raise money for Dual Language Education of New Mexico's scholarship fund. There are a limited amount of tickets available to the general public.
Born in the tiny coastal hamlet of Plaplaya on Honduras' Caribbean coast, Aurelio [website | Amazon.com] may be one of the last generations to grow up steeped in Garifuna tradition. These traditions encompass the African and Caribbean Indian roots of his ancestors, a group of shipwrecked slaves who intermarried with local natives on the island of St. Vincent, only to be deported to the Central American coast in the late eighteenth century.
Aurelio recalls his humble but highly musical beginnings in his remote hometown. "In the village I was born, there is still no electricity," he told Afropop Worldwide. "When I was a child, I had very natural toys. My first toy was a guitar I built for myself from wood taken from a fishing rod. So that's how I played my first chords."
Aurelio credits his mother Maria, who dreamed of being a professional singer, with introducing him to the basics of Garifuna songcraft. Like many Garifuna, she composed her own songs based on community events and her personal experience. She would teach the verse and chorus of the songs to her son, who would then go on to build on the tale by adding another verse, in traditional Garifuna style.
A consummate singer, percussionist, and guitarist, Aurelio's passion flows not only from his love of music, but also from his commitment to the cause of raising awareness and appreciation for Garifuna music and culture, both at home in Garifuna communities and internationally. "We're not going to let this culture die," says Aurelio. "I know I must continue the culture of my grandparents, of my ancestors, and find new ways to express it. Few people know about it, but I adore it, and it's something I must share with the world."
Ivon Ulibarri is a pioneer of salsa music in New Mexico. An award winning vocalist and song writer, Ivon has been entertaining audiences for over 30 years! Ivon's band Café Mocha is one of Albuquerque's hottest Salsa bands, brewing an exciting blend of son, cha-cha, merengue, cumbia, and other Latin styles. Ivon Ulibarri & Café Mocha are a spicy mix of Latin musical influences that span the globe from New Mexico to the Caribbean and points between. Their sizzling music uplifts the dancers, enchants the listeners, and captivates their spirit, exalting their soul. Ivon's distinctive voice and verve creates the band's signature sound.
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