(Prensa Latina) New York City, USA – Cuban singer Omara Portuondo, internationally known as the Buena Vista Social Club diva, was nominated for a Grammy 2005 for her album Flor de amor, in the best traditional tropical Latin album category.
Released by World Circuit/Discos Corason, this is her second solo album, including 14 tracks ranging from ballads to a wide variety of styles.Produced by British "King Midas" Nick Gold, it includes a select group of Cuban musicians, with Manuel Galbán in rhythm guitar, Irakere guitarist Jorge Chicoy playing the acoustic and electric guitars, and a deluxe percussion section featuring Miguel Anga Diaz.
Flor de amor is tinted of Brazilian and African influences. The experts highlighted the female vocal harmonies which recall Portuondo´s work while she was member of an excellent vocal quartet: Las D’Aida.
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.