Lugua Centeno

Lugua Centeno

Evangilisto Centeno, better known as Lugua, grew up in a small village on the coast of Honduras and in a household where the daily pulse beat to the rhythm and lyrics of traditional Garifuna music. Lugua carried this birthright to new areas, developing his own style playing with friends on traditional drums and old buckets. By age 12 he was recognized as having unusual talent.


In 1988 and 1989 he was asked to perform with the Honduras' Ballet Folclorico Garifuna and traveled to France and Spain. Upon returning to Honduras, he and his sister moved north to Belize, where he established himself as a singer and drummer. Starting in a small percussion-based group (the Larubeya Drummers) with Garifuna drums mixed with turtle and conch shells, he came to the attention of popular musician Bredda David, whom he toured with throughout Belize in the early '90's. In 1998 he recorded his impressive debut album Bumari and in 1999 he participated in the legendary Paranda recording sessions with some of the genre's greatest exponents.