Aurelio Martinez

Reputation Dynamics - Elephant Art by Samantha Taylor - Afropop Worldwide 30th Anniversary Gala May 3 - New York

Uvumilivu - Endurance (Swahili)

Watercolor painting


I am proud to be among featured artists at Afropop Worldwide’s 30th Anniversary and Gala on May 3 at City Winery NYC. The event will feature performances by two new Afropop Hall of Fame honorees: Garifuna global ambassador Aurelio Martinez, and Zimbabwe’s international sensation, Mokoomba..  

Afropop’s mission is to reveal the essential music and stories of Africa and the African diaspora, celebrating the roots of the world’s greatest pop music traditions.

'I had always been attracted to and fascinated by elephants, particularly their symbolism, as a child who was re-located to Kenya with her family at the age of 10. The elephant represents wisdom, maternal strength, and longevity. As a symbol of wisdom, the elephant is said to attain old age and the animal is highly revered for its strength and emotional intelligence. There are several lessons we can learn from the lucky elephant, loyalty to its family and role in community. We need to embrace them now and for the future. Yet, man continues to destroy them.'

In the early 20th century, there were around 3-5 million African elephants. Today, there are approximately 415,000.

My T-shirts, paintings and greetings cards advocate support for and raises awareness about a broad range of causes including poverty, empowering women and girls, youth education, wildlife preservation, arts and culture.

About Afropop: Afropop Worldwide is a Peabody award-winning radio program and online magazine dedicated to music from Africa and the African diaspora. Hosted by one of Africa’s best-loved broadcast personalities, Georges Collinet, and produced by Sean Barlow, the radio show is currently distributed by PRI Public Radio International to over 100 stations in the U.S., as well as stations in Europe and Africa.

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By Sam Taylor, President of Reputation Dynamics and Founder of Elephant Art Shop.