Thursday, August 16

Born Adrian Martinez, in Georgetown village, Stann Creek District, of the Central American country Belize…Adrian is best known to the world as “The Doc”, a Proud Garifuna, who started his musical career in 1989 as lead singer of the “Forever Band”. Adrian “The Doc” Martinez has worked with various bands throughout the late 80’s, 90’s, in Dangriga, aka “The Culture Capital of Belize”; such as Ugurou Band and Punta Rebels Band. These early collaborations help develop the artistry of some of Belize’s top artist such as Supa G, Lloyd & Reckless, and Job Colemon, to name a few. The pinnacle of “The Doc’s” musical career commenced when he was recruited by the late great Punta King, Andy Palacio, to team up on a new “project” that would musically promote the culture of the Garifuna people.

       Touring and performing throughout the United States, Europe, and Central America, with the Garifuna All-Stars, who later became known as the “Garifuna Collective, was the zenith of The Doc’s career. Boasting a string of major hits of his own like Di Docta di Ya, Heiru (Sadness), Sarahuma (Get up), Laru Beya (Seaside) and Nigatu (My Sister-in-Law), The Doc is probably best known for his collaboration with the legendary Andy Palacio on the hit song Baba (Father) which demonstrates Martinez’s vocal versatility, musical dexterity and astute songwriting skills. The Doc’s involvement with Garifuna Collective not only changed the music industry in Belize, but also established the Garifuna as an authentic cultural ethnic group, complete with Flag, Music, Language, Food, and African inspired garb of their own, and put the Garifuna Paranda and Punta Rock music on the global map of music radiating out of Belize.

      To date, Adrian “The Doc” Martinez has resume his musical career after a hiatus following Andy Palacio’s untimely death, and is now currently a solo artist and lead singer for “Wagerirale Drummers”. As “The Doc” puts it when speaking of Wagerirale Drummers, drumming group consist of ten members: “Wageirale Drummers is totally different from that of our contemporary Punta Rock bands in Belize that utilize a drum machine for beats. From the international travels that I’ve experienced, I certainly see the two as two distinct entities. It’s like looking at Reggae and Dancehall, one group is suited to spread conscious music and the other for what we call bashment”. So The Doc is back with new hit sounds such as Aba Katel (Something) and Anaha (Here I am) demonstrating his ability to fuse traditional Garifuna sounds with contemporary non-genre creole sounds, resulting in a fresh new music with a distinct Garifuna “Flava”

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