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Havana World Music to celebrate its 7th edition in March 2020

The Havana World Music Festival (HWM) will take place on March 19, 20 and 21, 2020, under the artistic direction of performer and composer Eme Alfonso.

I am super happy to make another edition of Havana World Music and to bring new artists,” said Eme Alfonso. “Once again the music of the world will be celebrated, taking the capital of Cuba as a center of cultural exchange. We are preparing many surprises for Havana World Music 2020. The idea is to continue surprising the public with different styles, languages, cultures and expressions. We believe it is our hallmark and we will continue working on that line.”

True to the values ​​of diversity and creativity that distinguish the event, the organizing committee of HWM will again present in Cuba a particular mix of world music. The festival revealed some of the artists scheduled to perform.

Silvio Rodríguez, founder of the Nueva Trova Movement in Cuba, and one of its greatest exponents, will top the list of Cuban artists. Silvio Rodríguez’s career spans over four decades and about twenty albums. He is considered one of the greatest Spanish-language singer-songwriters. His songs have become classics of Latin American music.

It is a dream for us to be able to receive his music, which I personally admire, “said Eme.  “I think it is a privilege and honor. The rest of the artists we have confirmed are known within world music, love Cuba and are eager to come and play for the Cuban public. ”

Lin Cortés, from Spain, will make his debut in Cuba. Known as the prince of the latest flamenco, he mixes Andalusian poetry, rock, jazz, symphonic elements , funk and soul. Cortés has been helped by some of the most prominent musicians of the genre in Spain, including Antonio Carmona, Rosario Flores, El Pele, Nita (singer of the Fuel Fandango duo), who endorse him as a unique artist. ““Indomable”, his second album mixes his gypsy style with avant-garde sonorities.

The MC and urban music producer Waahli, who accompanied the Nomadic Massive group during their previous presentations at HWM, will return to the Festival. On this occasion, he will come back from Canada with his solo project to launch Black Soap, his latest recording.

The live sound clash between Cuban and Jamaican musicians that is Havana Meets Kingston will also be present in this new edition of the Festival. The project brings together an important cast of world-class performers, who combine the musical traditions of two Caribbean islands, something rarely seen on the same stage.

Percussionist and singer Brenda Navarrete is part of the HWM 2020 lineup. Performing on batá and tumbadora, she stands out in the Cuban music scene, with strong influences from jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms. She will present her first album: “Mi mundo”, a mix of rumba, Latin jazz, timba, son, Indian music, guaguancó and folklore.

As part of the To Mestizar project, the Festival will present Nengón Kiribá, which from a small town in Baracoa, preserving the musical legacy of eastern Cuba.

Another Cuban band will present its fusion of conga, reggae, danzón, funk and other sounds.

More at Havana World Music


Fanfara Station Wins Andrea Parodi 2019 World Music Award

Fanfara Station

Fanfara Station, a band formed by musicians from Tunisia, Italy and the USA won the 12th Andrea Parodi Prize, the only contest in Italy dedicated to world music. The group performed the song “Rahil” in Tunisian. Additionally, Fanfare Station also won the critic’s award and the best arrangement as well. The contest took place October 10-12, 2019 at the Conservatory “Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina” in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. The winners were chosen by three different juries.

The prize for the best lyrics went to Federico Marras Perantoni’s song “Canzona di mari n.2 – Fóggu e fiàra”, in Sardinian language.

The best music award was given to Elliott Morris (United Kingdom) for “The End of The World Blues”, in English.

The best performance prize went to “Suspiro” by Suonno D’Ajere, from Campania, sung in the Neapolitan language.

The award for the best performance of a piece by Andrea Parodi was won by Setak, from Abruzzo.

Togolese band Arsene Duevi’s song “Agamà”, in Ewe language, won the upcoming artist award.

The Andrea Parodi Foundation decided to assign a special mention to Krzikopa (Poland) who performed “Hasiorki” in the Silesian language.

The competition this year featured a large presence of foreign artists, including Acoustic Tarab Alchemy (from Tunisia and Lazio) with the song “Fattouma”, in Arabic; Saly Diarra (Senegal) with “Musow” in the Bambara language; Maribop (Spain) with “Un munnu dintra un munnu” in Sicilian and Basque languages.

The Albo d’oro (Golden) Award went to Daniela Zedda, photographer and photojournalist of international importance.

All the prizes are made by Maria Conte, a Sardinian goldsmith artist renowned throughout the world.

The event also hosted important guests such as Moni Ovadia and AdoRiza (Friday), Simone Cristicchi, Tosca and La Maschera, the winner of last year’s competition (Saturday). On Saturday there was also an extract from the show “Lingua Madre, Pasolini’s songbook”, with Duo Bottasso, Elsa Martin, Davide Ambrogio. This is an original production of the Premio Città di Loano, the Mare e Miniere festival and the Andrea Parodi Prize, an idea by Enrico de Angelis.

Moreover, various artistic lineups from the Cagliari Conservatory performed in all the three evenings, led by artist director Elena Ledda and conducted by Gianmaurizio Foderaro and Ottavio Nieddu.

The festival was created to honor and enhance the art of the talented singer and musician Andrea Parodi, who evolved from making pop with Tazenda to a highly valuable solo career where he recreated traditional roots music, thanks to which he became an international reference for Italian world music.


World Music Expo WOMEX Reveals 2020 Host City: Budapest, Hungary

Piranha Arts, the producers of WOMEX, have announced today that the Hungarian capital, Budapest, will once again host the World Music Expo in 2020. This will be the second edition to be held in Central Eastern Europe. The dates for the 26th WOMEX are Wednesday, October 21 to Sunday, October 25, 2020.

The 2019 edition of WOMEX will be taking place in Tampere, Finland, October 23 – 27, 2019.

Piranha Arts have teamed up with Hangvető, WOMEX’s local partner in Budapest. On partnering for the second time, András Lelkes, CEO of Hangvető, declared: “It’s a great pleasure to welcome WOMEX back to Budapest, made even sweeter by receiving the role of the host from our Finnish sisters and brothers. You will find again the ingredients of the 2015 edition: good weather, great wines, a city rich with musical heritage, the blue Danube and great music. We also plan to open up new horizons, with a special focus on our neighbors; and bring closer the fascinating music of the Balkans.”

Panoramic view of Budapest – Photo by Fanni Szegezdi

WOMEX Director Alex Walter stated: “The WOMEX team is happy to go back to Central Eastern Europe after our successful edition there in 2015, and once again to team up with Hangveto, now a regular partner for other cultural projects in recent years. The city will provide the convenient setting of venues, accessibility, and plenty of accommodation and delicious food options already known to WOMEX delegates!”

More information at WOMEX

headine photo; Budapest chain bridge – Photo by Federico Chiesa, courtesy of


World Music Conference Mundial Montreal Reveals Ninth Edition

Mundial Montreal, a leading North American world music summit, has announced the full program for its 9th edition. The event will take place November 19-22, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. Throughout the conference, over 30 artists from Canada and beyond will showcase their work to the public and professionals as well.

Mundial will open this year with a large show featuring bands from all over the globe. The evening will start with the Korean group Kim Yul-Hee & The Soul Sauce followed by the Swedish duo Sousou & Maher Cissoko, and continue with the Montreal experimental jazz ensemble Bellflower. The New York act Grupo Rebolu, with their Afro-Colombian music, will close the show.  

Kim Yul-Hee & The Soul Sauce

The Indigenous Sounds Series will return for the 8th year,  beginning with a focused meeting of Indigenous music community presenters, artists, agents and stakeholders.

Through the professional panels and activities (Mentor Café, Speed Schmooze, dinners and receptions) there is a round table created to encourage important discussions, create new connections and new opportunities for professional development.

The Idle No More IV panel will include a conversation between artists and organizers that will invite reflection on the relationship between Indigenous arts professionals and the world music community. Panelists include Bear Witness (A Tribe Called Red), Denise Bolduc (CAPACOA, Luminato), and Adrian Sutherland (Midnight Shine). 

Out of all the artists showcasing, a substantial focus is the Indigenous Sounds series, featuring 8 groups: singer-songwriters Murray Porter (Mohawk – Six Nations), Mimi O’Bonsawin (Abenaki – Sudbury), Celeigh Cardinal (Métis – Peace Country, AB), Kym Gouchie (Lheidli T’enneh Nation – Prince George), quartet Flying Mocassins (Wendat – Wendake), plus rock bands Midnight Shine (Cree – Attawapiskat/Moose Factory) and Digawolf (Tlicho – Yellowknife). The series also features an international guest: Vildá (Sami – Finland).

Canada’s diversity is represented this year with over 20 artists from a wide range of backgrounds, including Montrealers La Léa, Caracol, Nazih Borish, and Carine au Micro; Torontonians Kiran Ahluwalia, Zaki Ibrahim, and Moskitto Bar; westerners Tri-Continental and Kelly Bado; plus Vishtèn and The East Pointers from Prince Edward Island.

The international element of the program includes Novalima (Peru), Blick Bassy (Cameroon/France), Sver (Sweden), Rafiki Jazz (UK) and Ember Swift 国子玉。 (China).

The week will end on Friday with a closing night starting off with the premiere of a new show from Montreal singer Mamselle Ruiz, and finishing with the 15th anniversary celebration of legendary Montreal crew Nomadic Massive, with opening act Djely Tapa (2019-20 Révélations ICI Musique)!

Mundial Montreal will also welcome international delegations from Spain, Colombia, the MENA region (Middle-East North Africa), Guadeloupe and Chile. The conference also collaborates with Music BC, Music PEI and KAMS (Korea Arts Management Service).

More information at


Down In Jamaica: 40 Years Of VP Records Boxed Set

Down In Jamaica: 40 Years Of VP Records

The boxed set Down In Jamaica: 40 Years Of VP Records is scheduled to be released October 25, 2019. The reggae and dancehall anthology includes 94-tracks. It is a multi-format limited edition (2,000 run) box with a 24-page booklet and art cards detailing the hits, the rarities, and the history of the world’s largest reggae label.

Down In Jamaica: 40 Years Of VP Records features 101 different artists. It tells the story in detail through a chronological survey of the key recordings that helped define the company, from early singles on obscure sublabels (Roots From The Yard, Jah Guidance, and Love) to the well-known VP Records brand that brought Beenie Man, Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder, and others into the international mainstream.

Compiled by DJ, writer, and VP Records Director of Catalog Development Carter Van Pelt, the set contains four 7-inch singles, four 12-inch singles, and four CDs, the first configuration of its kind for a box set package. The CDs include the chronology of hit songs, and the vinyl pieces bring back rare titles long out of print. The initial release is in the physical format only, with a digital release of the CD portion of the set on all streaming platforms in late November.

The singles format was the dominant vehicle for Jamaican music from its inception, and the collection tells the company’s story almost entirely from singles, taking its name from Red Fox and Naturalee’s 1989 hit.

“The goal is to tell the story of a continually owned and operated family business at the heart of the global growth of reggae, dancehall, and Caribbean music” said Van Pelt. “As a distributor and manufacturer, the company has brought some of reggae and dancehall’s most recognizable hits to the public over 40 years. This set ties that story together with some lost treasures in the form of vinyl rarities.”

Founded by Vincent and Patricia Chin as the US distribution arm of Randy’s Records from Kingston, Jamaica, Randy’s had been at the center of the Jamaican music industry since its inception. The VP chapter began in New York as reggae was on the verge of a major transition from Bob Marley’s era to the dancehall era of Yellowman, Chaka Demus, Shabba Ranks, Ninja Man, Beenie Man, and Bounty Killer.

Highlights from the set include Sean Paul & Sasha’s “I’m Still In Love With You,” Wayne Wonder’s “No Letting Go,” Beenie Man’s “Who Am I” and classics from Yellowman, Barrington Levy, Gregory Isaacs, and Dennis Brown and dozens of others. The vinyl selections include rare sides by Echo Minott, Freddie McKay, Junior Reid, Tenor Saw, and others, most available for the first time since their original pressings.

“We’re excited about the box set and the re-telling of our story,” said Randy Chin, President of VP Records, “It’s a great way to complete our 40th anniversary celebrations.”


Second Círculo Flamenco de Madrid Festival Announced

Second Festival del Círculo Flamenco de Madrid poster by María Artigas

The Second Festival del Círculo Flamenco de Madrid will be held from October 24 to 27, 2019. This year, the festival has come up with a different format, distributing the contents in three days – morning and evening – at several venues, so that each event takes place in an ideal space.

The first day of the festival (October 24) features two unique characters: Antonio El Marsellés and Manuel de los Ríos ‘El Pititi de El Puerto’. Despite not having developed a conventional career, both are part of that elite known as a genuine artists, highly valued by fans who have been fortunate to coincide with them. Diego del Morao will accompany them on guitar. The concert will take place at 21:00 (9 pm) in OFF Latina. General admission: € 30 (at or by booking at Círculo Flamenco de Madrid members: € 25 (at box office).

The second day of the festival (October 25) will begin with a colloquium entitled The album in the 21st century, with Pitingo, José María Velázquez-Gaztelu, Alberto Martínez de la Plaza and José Manuel Gamboa as panelists. The discussion will center on the evolution of the record market and the meaning of the album. It will begin at 12:30 in the Corral de la Morería, an essential tablao (flamenco nightclub) in Madrid throughout the last half century and a model of excellence today. Free admission until seta are filled.

October 25 will conclude with a night dedicated to flamenco dance with Pastora Galván, one of Spain’s most prestigious and unique dancers, who will be joined by special guest José Valencia, a leading singer in the current flamenco scene, and Juan Requena on guitar. It will also take place at El Corral de la Morería, at 22:30 (10:30 pm). General admission: € 25 (at CFM members: € 20 (calling 913 658 446 from Monday to Friday).

The third day (October 26) will begin with a listening session of flamenco recordings ex profeso for that occasion and a subsequent debate, entitled Historical recordings (1899-1936). The panel will feature Miguel Poveda, Víctor Monge ‘Serranito’, José Manuel Gamboa and Carlos Martín Ballester, leading singers and guitarists. They will listen and provide their reflections around the sound recordings. At 12:30 in El Corral de la Morería. Free admission until seats are full.


The evening event that day will be held at 23:00 at Café Berlin, one of the most iconic places in Madrid, and in which the three fundamental expressions of flamenco art will be accommodated: the solo guitar of incomparable Rafael Riqueni; the art of Carmen Ledesma, dance teacher accompanied by Gabriel de la Tomasa and Antonio Moya on guitar; and finally, the great singer Pansequito, accompanied by Diego del Morao. General admission: € 30 (at CFM members: € 25 (early sale on October 10 and 17 at Círculo Flamenco de Madrid events, and at the box office).

On Sunday, October 27, at 12:30, the festival will end at the Corral de la Morería with a master class by Rafael Riqueni, a true privilege for guitarists and fans. It will last 150 minutes (registration: € 60). Information and registration at


Tinariwen’s Amadjar Tops the Transglobal World Music Chart for October 2019

The album Amadjar by Malian desert bliues band Tinariwen is the number one album for October 2019 at the Transglobal World Music Chart. Amadjar was recorded in Mauritania and features Warren Ellis, Noura Mint Seymali, Jeiche Ould Chighaly, Stephen O’Malley, Micah Nelson, Rodophe Burger and Cass McCombs.

  1. Tinariwen – Amadjar – Anti-
  2. Dona Onete – Rebujo – AmpliDiversão / Mais Um
  3. Cimarrón – Orinoco – Cimarrón Music
  4. Lajkó Félix & Vołosi – Lajkó Félix & Vołosi – Fonó
  5. Mara Aranda – Sefarad en el Corazón de Turquía – Mara Aranda
  6. Habib Koité – Kharifa – Contre-Jour
  7. The Garifuna Collective – Aban – Stonetree
  8. Boban Marković Orkestar – Mrak – Fonó
  9. Mah Damba – Hakili Kélé – Buda Musique
  10. Oum – Daba – Lof Music / MDC
  11. Mísia – Pura Vida (Banda Sonora) – Galileo Music Communication
  12. Parno Graszt – Már Nem Szédülök / Rolling Back – Fonó
  13. Otava Yo – Do You Love – ARC Music
  14. Baba Zula – Derin Derin – Glitterbeat
  15. Kayhan Kalhor, Rembrandt Frerichs, Tony Overwater, Vinsent Planjer – It’s Still Autumn – Kepera
  16. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Party – Live at WOMAD 1985 – Real World
  17. V.A. – Just Around the Bend: Survival and Revival in Southern Banjo Sounds – Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  18. Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal, Jesse Paris Smith – Songs from the Bardo – Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  19. Janusz Prusinowski Kompania – Po Śladach / In the Footsteps – Słuchaj Uchem / Buda Musique
  20. Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi – There Is No Other – Nonesuch

Cordas World Music Festival, a Mid-Atlantic Wonderland for World Artists

Remigio Pereira – Photo by Carlos Gouveia

The Cordas (strings) festival took place September 11-15, 2019 in the municipality of Madalena, in Pico Island, Azores (Portugal). Pico Island, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, welcomes string musical instruments and artists from around the world. Venues include a garden, a cave, a volcanic crater, natural pools, dragon-tree sanctuary, center square stage, the museum auditorium that gives you the sensation of being inside a turned-around ship, and the new contemporary auditorium in the town of Madalena.

Artists that performed this year include kora player Braima Galissá (Guinea Bissau), Ricardo Melo (Portugal), Ana Medeiros (Portugal), Andrew Cronshaw (UK), Açores Canta (Portugal), Marcos Fernandez (Spain), guitarist Remígio Pereira (Canada), Victor Castro (Portugal), Pieter Adriaans (Netherlands), Afonso Villasanti (Brazil) and Michel William (Mozambique).

CORDAS World Music Festival from MiratecArts on Vimeo.

Cordas World Music Festival is the winner of various international awards including Top 10 Best New Festival (Iberian Festival Awards 2017) and Global Top 10 Fest (Transglobal World Music Chart Festival Awards 2018).

Some artists that have appeared in past editions include Tcheka (Cape Verde), Lu Yanan (China), Canary Islands timple players Germán López and Beselch Rodriguez (Spain), Iran Zamir (Israel), kantele instrumentalist Maija Kauhanen (Finland), and Portugal´s only-female Portuguese guitar player Marta Pereira da Costa, among many others.

Artist proposals are welcome, including solo, duos, trios and bands that are 100% string instruments and one-person bands that include a unique string instrument. MiratecArts, the founders of Cordas Festival also welcome proposals from artists of other disciplines that wish to present a project within the theme of string-instruments. For example mural paintings, installations and exhibitions.

More at MiratecArts


Carnatic Music Festival in Muscat

All are welcome to the grand nine day Festival of Carnatic Music presented by Ekata – Muscat, in Oman. It’s celebrated as the Navratri festival commemorating the Victory of Good over Evil.

Aditya Madhavan

Navaratri is a Hindu festival that spans nine nights (and ten days) and is celebrated every year in the autumn with great enthusiasm and fervor. It is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian subcontinent. It is the observed in the honor of the divine nine feminine Devis/Deities.

S&S Kumari Sruthi and Sahana

Basically, it brings out the best of the artistic skills of the Ladies in arranging mind boggling Golus, arranging music and dance shows, and interacting within the society and in short Spreading Bonhomie, sweetness and good will.

Deepa Narayanan

In Muscat, the celebration is with the 9 day Music Concerts. Accomplished musicians from within Muscat and from India will perform.

Artist set to perform at Festival of Carnatic Music Muscat

The Indian Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman H E Munu Mahawar is expected to grace the function and inaugurate the festival on September 29, 2019.

Ekta Muscat also awards the Title “Sangeeta Sudha Nidi” to select musicians, music teachers or musicologists in recognition of their significant contribution to Carnatic Music and allied art forms in this region. This year’s award goes to Dr. Saroja Raman and scheduled on the concluding day, October 7, 2019.

Dr. Saroja Raman

Look at the flyer and grace the occasion.

Venue: Al Massa Hall, Ruwi – Muscat
Date: 28th Sep. to 7th Oct. 2019
Time: 07:00 PM to 09:30 PM


The Latin Recording Academy reveals 20th Annual Latin Grammy Awards Nominees – World Music Categories

Rosalía – El Mal Querer

The Latin Recording Academy has announced the nominees for the 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards. The Album Of The Year category is composed of a diverse group of artists including Paula Arenas (Visceral), Rubén Blades (Paraíso Road Gang), Andrés Calamaro (Cargar La Suerte), Fonseca (Agustín), Luis Fonsi (Vida), Rosalía (El Mal Querer), Alejandro Sanz (#ELDISCO), Ximena Sariñana (¿Dónde Bailarán Las Niñas?), Tony Succar (Mas De Mi), and Sebastián Yatra (Fantasía).

Rubén Blades – Paraíso Road Gan

The final round of voting to determine Latin GRAMMY winners will begin Oct. 3. Winners will be revealed by The Latin Recording Academy on Nov. 14 at the 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards’ Premiere and telecast ceremonies. The telecast will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on the Univision Network from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT.

Following is a list of the nominations in the world music-related categories.

Best Salsa Album

  1. CUBA LINDA – Maite Hontelé (Merlín Producciones/Egrem)
  2. 55 ANIVERSARIO – Mario Ortiz All Star Band (All Star Music Productions Inc.)
  3. MI LUZ MAYOR – Eddie Palmieri (Uprising Music)
  4. NUESTRO HOGAR – Quintero’s Salsa Project (Quintero’s Record)
  5. MAS DE MI – Tony Succar (Unity Entertainment)

Best Cumbia/Vallenato Album

  1. CHECO ACOSTA 30 (EN VIVO) – Checo Acosta (Codiscos)
  2. ESTO QUE DICE! – Diego Daza y Carlos Rueda (ONErpm)
  3. PARA MIS MAESTROS CON RESPETO – Juan Piña(Vibra Entertainment S.A.S)
  4. YO ME LLAMO CUMBIA – Puerto Candelaria & Juancho Valencia (Merlín Producciones/Peermusic)
  5. RAÍCES(Varios Artistas) – José Gaviria & Fernando Tobón, producers (Babel Discos)

Best Traditional Tropical Album

  1. ANDRÉS CEPEDA BIG BAND (EN VIVO) – Andrés Cepeda (Sony Music)
  2. VEREDA TROPICAL – Olga Cerpa y Mestisay (Ediciones Mestisay/Egrem)
  3. LO NUESTRO – Yelsy Heredia (Bis Music)
  4. A JOURNEY THROUGH CUBAN MUSIC – Aymée Nuviola (Top Stop Music)
  5. LA LLAVE DEL SON – Septeto Acarey (Septeto Acarey S.A.C)

Best Contemporary/Tropical Fusion Album

  2. CANDELA -Vicente García (Sony Music Entertainment Colombia S.A)
  3. LITERAL – Juan Luis Guerra 4.40 (Universal Music Latino)
  4. TROPICALIA – Ilegales (Dotel Productions Inc)
  5. MILLY & COMPANY – Milly Quezada (Los Vecinos Enterprises, SRL)

Best Instrumental Album

  1. BALANCE – Gustavo Casenave (Fula Records)
  2. SAXOFONES LIVE SESSIONS – Cuban Sax Quintet (Egrem)
  3. FOLIA DE TREIS – Edu Ribeiro, Fábio Peron, Toninho Ferragutti (Blaxtream)
  4. UNBALANCED CONCERTO FOR ENSEMBLE – Moisés P. Sánchez (Uno Música)
  5. YO SOY LA TRADICIÓN – Miguel Zenón Featuring Spektral Quartet (Miel Music)

Best Folk Album

  1. 48 AÑOS DESPUÉS – Eva Ayllon (Aylloncito Producciones)
  2. DE MAR Y RÍO – Canalón De Timbiquí (Llorona Records)
  3. ORINOCO – Cimarrón (Independent)
  4. ¡VA POR MÉXICO! – Luis Cobos Con The Royal Philarmonic Orchestra & El Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlán (Blanco y Negro Music, S.A)
  5. TIEMPO AL TIEMPO – Luis Enrique + C4 Trio (Chazz Music/ Empire Records)

Best Tango Album

  1. MARRÓN Y AZUL – Daniel Binelli y Nick Danielson (Bell Ville)
  2. ROTO – Enrique Campos (Acqua Records)
  3. ATÍPICO – Bernardo Monk (Bernardo Monk)
  4. REVOLUCIONARIO – Quinteto Astor Piazzolla (East 54 Entertainment, Inc.)
  5. RADIOTANGO – Pablo Ziegler Chamber Quartet (Zoho Music)

Best Latin Jazz/Jazz Album

  1. TURNING PAGES – Claudia Acuña (Delfin Records)
  2. ELEMENTAL – Branly, Ruiz & Haslip (Blue Canoe Records)
  3. TERCER VIAJE – Dos Orientales (Montevideo Music Group)
  4. RIO – SÃO PAULO – André Marques (Blaxtream)
  5. JAZZ BATÁ 2 – Chucho Valdés (Mack Avenue Music Group)

Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album

  1. O AMOR NO CAOS – Zeca Baleiro (Onerpm)
  2. CANTA TITO MADI – Nana Caymmi (Biscoito Fino)
  3. TUDO É UM – Zélia Duncan (Biscoito Fino)
  4. TEMPO MÍNIMO – Delia Fischer (Nomad Música)
  5. OK OK OK – Gilberto Gil (Biscoito Fino)
  6. BESTA FERA – Jards Macalé (Zilles Produções)

Best Portuguese Language Roots Album

  1. AJO – Foli Griô Orquestra (Foli Griô Orquestra/Tratore)
  2. MACUMBAS E CATIMBÓS – Alessandra Leão (YB music)
  3. HERMETO PASCOAL E SUA VISÃO ORIGINAL DO FORRÓ – Hermeto Pascoal (Scubidu Music)
  4. O OURO DO PÓ DA ESTRADA – Elba Ramalho (Deckdisc)
  5. REI CAIPIRA – Zé Mulato E Cassiano (VBS Produções)

For the complete list of nominees, visit Latin GRAMMY