Album: Aurelio, Laru Beya (Real World)

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Despite reggae being the backbone to much of this Garifuna artist's second album, it has the unmistakably unique flavour of previous releases from this Central American coastal community, such as Andy Palacio's seminal Watina.

By turns swaggering with a carefree carnivalesque joie de vivre, and seemingly channelling a Cape Verde spirit of melancholy that so evokes the disenfranchised human spirit, Lara Beya is a texturally and emotionally involving treasure.