(Prensa Latina) Havana, Cuba – Cuba´s National Music Award was granted in Havana to Cuban singer-songwriters Cesar Portillo de la Luz and Silvio Rodriguez, famous for their works of great international repercussion. Both shared the award with pianist Jorge Luis Prats, poet and improviser Adolfo (Alfonso) Fernández, and composer and conductor Alfredo Diez Nieto. While making the announcement, the jury’s president, musicologist Harold Gramatges (Tomas Luis de Victoria Award laureate in 1996) stated the list
included 10 nominees this year, although he did not mention names.
The award, granted for fourth time, acknowledge a wide range of Cuban music
heritage, from Nueva Trova (New Song) up to Cuban country and classical
music, including Feeling and an eternal genre: bolero.
Musicians such as
Valdés, Leo Brouwer, Juan Formell, Richard Egues,
Esther Borja, Luis Carbonell, Celina González and Lázaro Ross, including
other prestigious artists, have previously received it.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.