Acclaimed as a “Punta Rock Jewel” Dayaan “Nuru” Ellis is a Garifuna Punta Rocker and Parandero from the legendary Garifuna city of Dangriga in the heart of Belize in Central America. His charismatic, nonchalant and professional demeanor has earned him the respect from the music industry not only in Central America but also around the world. In his twenty-one years in the music industry, Nuru has taken his career as an institution where he has combined what he has learned from the many aspects of music and its pundits to incorporate it in all his musical works. His albums to date are: The History of our Roots, Reality-Realidad, D experiment, Punta Cartel Mete Y Saca and Believe, and he has also produced the albums Lidan Dan by Ideal and Lufuluri Papa and Garifuna by Georgette Lambey.
Nuru began his career with an all-guitar band called Belizean Adventures. He then moved to play with Sound City Band, and made history when he joined the Punta Rock magnet band of the 90’s Garifuna Kids, Garifuna Legacy. He has played with bands such as New Generation, Ibayani, Punta Cartel and Griga boys. In addition, Nuru has collaborated with Garifuna artists like Andy Palacio, James Lovell, Mimi and Mohabob Flores, Titiman Flores, Ivy Queen, Aziatic, Bella Carib, Chico Ramos, Adrian “Doc” Martinez and Paula Castillo.
Known for his electrifying on-stage performance in the U.S. and around the world, Nuru has staged performances in Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Cari-Festa in Trinidad and Tobago, Afro-Caribbean Festival in Veracruz Mexico and Belizean Summer Park Festival in New York. His musical talent landed him on the same stage with international musical characters like El Rookie Junior Ranks and Aurelio Martinez.
Recognized as a hard worker, Nuru pursues a solo career where he intends to promote and maintain the wealth and richness of the Garifuna culture through his music, lyrics and electrifying performance that has won the hearts of thousands around the globe. His belief in educating people about the Garifuna culture and music is essential to maintain the strength of the culture.