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Spain Forever Wins Best Instrumental Album Latin Grammy Award

Michel Camilo and Tomatito – Spain Forever

Spain Forever, the most recent collaboration between Dominican jazz piano master Michel Camilo and legendary flamenco guitarist Tomatito won the Best Instrumental Album at the 18th Latin Grammy Awards.

The album includes an original composition by Camilo and recreations of classics by Egberto Gismonti, Charlie Haden, Astor Piazzola, Erik Satie, Ennio Morricone, Django Reindhart, Luiz Bonfá and Chick Corea.

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To Beny Moré With Love Wins Best Traditional Tropical Album Latin Grammy Award

Jon Secada and The Charlie Sepúlveda Big Band – To Beny Moré With Love

To Beny Moré With Love by Cuban-American singer Jon Secada and The Charlie Sepúlveda Big Band won the Best Traditional Tropical Album award at the 18th Latin Grammy Awards. The arrangements are by Ray Santos, who worked with Beny Moré in the 1950s.

Beny Moré was a legendary Cuban singer and bandleader who influenced Latin music in the United States and abroad.

The album combines Secada’s vocals with Beny Moré’s original vocals (who passed away in 1963) and was criticized by some members of the Moré family.

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Venezuelan Band Guaco Wins Best Contemporary Tropical Latin Grammy Award

Guaco – Bidimensional

Bidimensional, the album by acclaimed Venezuelan salsa band Guaco, has won the Best Contemporary Tropical Grammy award at the 18th Latin Grammy Awards. On half of the album Guaco collaborates with the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela (OSSBV), conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

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Jorge Celedón y Sergio Luis Rodríguez Win Best Cumbia/Vallenato Latin Grammy

Jorge Celedón y Sergio Luis Rodríguez – Ni Un Paso Atrás

Ni Un Paso Atrás, a collaboration featuring two of the leadfing vallenato musicians Jorge Celedón y Sergio Luis Rodríguez, is the winner of the Cumbia/Vallenato album at the 18th Latin Grammy Awards.

The winning album features various romantic pop songs combined with Colombian folk music genres including paseo, son, merengue and puya.

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Rubén Blades Con Roberto Delgado & Orquesta Wins Latin Grammy

Rubén Blades – Salsa Big Band

The album Salsa Big Band by Rubén Blades Con Roberto Delgado & Orquesta (Rubén Blades Productions) is the winner of Best Salsa Album at the 18th Latin Grammy Awards.

Salsa Big Band featured Panamanian band Roberto Delgado & Orquesta, one of the finest salsa acts in the current Latin music scene.

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Carmen Linares, Flamenco Legend 2017

Carmen Pacheco Rodríguez, better known as Carmen Linares, has received the 6th Flamenco Legend Award. The award is bestowed by Venta de Vargas, La Fragua magazine and Flamenco de La Isla. The jury includes flamenco experts and enthusiasts.

Carmen Línares will be the first woman to receive this award. Previous winners include, Alonso Núñez “Rancapino”, Antonio Fernández “Fosforito”, Paco Cepero, Juan Peña “El Lebrijano” and Curro Malena.

The award ceremony will take place November 16th, “International Flamenco Day” in the courtyard of Venta de Vargas in San Fernando (Cádiz).

headline photo: Carmen Linares – photo by Paco Manzano

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Winners of The 17th Annual Native American Music Awards Announced

Newtown Singers

 

The 17th Annual Native American Music Awards were held on Saturday, October 14th at the Events Center at Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, New York. The Seneca Nation’s traditional female vocal group, Newtown Singers opened the award ceremony.

Next came the award-winning powwow drum group, Northern Cree, who delivered a vibrant vocal and hand drum performance.

 

Northern Cree

 

Northern Cree was later joined by DJ Shub and his dubstep-influenced dance and electronica which took the entire segment from traditional into the future. Northern Cree won for Best Powwow Recording and shared their second win with DJ Shub for Best Music Video for the song, “Indomitable’ which was presented remotely by MTV’s Downtown Julie Brown.

 

 

Mickie James was inducted into the Native American Music Hall of Fame by actor Arthur Redcloud who appeared in the movie, The Revenant, with Leonardo DiCaprio. She also won for Single of the Year for “Shooting Blanks” and performed live three songs including her hit “Somebody’s Gonna Pay.”

Native American Music Awards 2017 Winners

Artist of the Year

Josh Halverson – “Year of the Thunderbird”

Debut Artist of the Year

Lucas Ciliberti – “Rainmaker”

Debut Group of the Year

Black Bear Brothers – “Songs from Cheyenne Creek”

Best Female Artist

Kelly Derrickson – “I Am”

Flutist of the Year

Randy McGinnis – “The Journey – hi a vi si i”

Group of the Year

The Cody Blackbird Band – “Live From Chicago”

Best Male Artist

Conrad Benally – “Always And Forever”

Record of the Year

Hoka” – Nahko and Medicine For The People

Nahko and Medicine For The People – Hoka

 

Song of the Year

“Shooting Blanks” – Mickie James

Best Music Video

“Indomitable” – DJ Shub & Northern Cree Singers

Best Music Video For A Performance

“Ascension” – Jan Michael Looking Wolf Band

 

Best Music Video For A Narrative

“Never Give Up” – Artson, Supaman & Quese Imc

Native Heart

Bearheart Kokopelli – “Native Heart”

Best Country Recording

“You’ve Got to Go Back the Way That You Came” – Danielle Egnew

Best Folk Recording

“Year of the Thunderbird” – Josh Halverson

Best Gospel/Inspirational

“Awake, Arise and Shine” – Callie Bennett

Best Instrumental Recording

Songs of the Earth” – Vince Redhouse

Vince Redhouse – Songs of the Earth

 

Best Native American Church Recording

“Simplicity” – Cheevers Toppah

Best Pop Recording

“Celebration” – Cherokee National Youth Choir

Best Pow Wow Recording

It’s A Cree Thing” – Northern Cree

Northern Cree – It’s A Cree Thing

 

Best Rap/Hip Hop/R&B Recording

“The 7th Generation Prophecy” – Sten Joddi

Best Rock / Best Blues Recording

“Take Me Back” – Levi Platero

Best Traditional Recording

“Before America” – James Edmund Greeley

Best Waila Recording

“Creed and Culture” – Native Creed

Lifetime Achievement Award

Gary Farmer

Honorary Award of Excellence

Arthur Redcloud

Hall of Fame

Mickie James

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globalFEST Announces a Series of World Music Awards

globalFEST, the world music showcase held annually in New York City, has announced the creation of a series of awards that acknowledge leaders of professional and artistic excellence in the small but crucial global music field, who too often receive little recognition.

The Trouble Worldwide Award will be given in its first year posthumously to Alexandra Nova, for whom it was named. In future years, it will be part of the open nomination process to an industry professional. Nominees will exemplify Alex’s “generous spirit, which was artist centered, innovative, and risk-taking,” said the press release.

The Artist Award for sustained achievement will be given to an artist or group who has made an indelible mark with their music.

The Impact Award will go to an artist/group or professional/organization for their outstanding commitment to the field.

This year, in addition to launching the awards, for its 15th anniversary, globalFEST’s showcase night is moving to the heart of Manhattan, to Times Square. The venues include BB King’s Blues Club, its sister venue Lucille’s and the historic Liberty Theater.

More information: www.globalFEST.org

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Winners of the 28th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards Announced

The Earls of Leicester, winners of the Entertainer Of The Year category at the 2017 International Bluegrass Music Awards

The winners of the International Bluegrass Music Awards, hosted by Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, were announced yesterday evening, September 28, 2017. The Earls of Leicester won the prestigious “Entertainer of the Year” for the third year in a row. Awards were also presented to many first time recipients, including Molly Tuttle, the first female to win “Guitar Player of the Year.”

The award ceremony took place at the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. Awards were voted on by the professional membership of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA).

The recipients of the 2017 International Bluegrass Music Awards are listed below:

Entertainer Of The Year:

The Earls of Leicester

Vocal Group Of The Year:
Flatt Lonesome

Instrumental Group Of The Year:

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Song Of The Year:

I Am A Drifter” – Volume Five (artist), Donna Ulisse/Marc Rossi (writers)

Album Of The Year:

Mountain Voodoo – Balsam Range (artist), Balsam Range (producer), Mountain Home Records (label)

Balsam Range – Mountain Voodoo

 

Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year (tie):

I Found a Church Today” – The Gibson Brothers (artist), Eric Gibson/Leigh Gibson (writers), In The Ground (album), Eric Gibson, Leigh Gibson, and Mike Barber (producers), Rounder Records (label)

Sacred Memories” – Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers with Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White Skaggs (artist), Dolly Parton (writer), Sacred Memories (album), Joe Mullins (producer), Rebel Records (label)

Instrumental Recorded Performance:

Fiddler’s Dream” – Michael Cleveland (artist), Arthur Smith (writer), Fiddler’s Dream (album), Jeff White and Michael Cleveland (producers), Compass Records (label)

Emerging Artist Of The Year:

Volume Five

Recorded Event Of The Year:

I’ve Gotta Get a Message To You” – Bobby Osborne with Sierra Hull, Alison Brown, Rob Ickes, Stuart Duncan, Trey Hensley, Todd Phillips, Kenny Malone, Claire Lynch, and Bryan McDowell (artists), Original (album), Alison Brown (producer), Compass Records (label)

Female Vocalist Of The Year:

Brooke Aldridge

Male Vocalist Of The Year:

Shawn Camp

Banjo Player Of The Year:

Noam Pikelny

Bass Player Of The Year:

Alan Bartram

Dobro Player Of The Year:

Josh Swift

 

Fiddle Player Of The Year:

Patrick McAvinue

Guitar Player Of The Year:

Molly Tuttle

 

Mandolin Player of the Year:

Sierra Hull

 

Previously announced inductees into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame – pioneering bluegrass artists Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, master fiddler Bobby Hicks, and Roland White, whose impressive career includes contributions to several seminal bands – were honored at the show.

At the Special Awards Luncheon held earlier in the day, the recipients of the following awards were also announced:

Bluegrass Broadcaster of the Year:

Cindy Baucom

Bluegrass Event Of The Year:

Pickin’ in Parsons; Parsons, West Virginia

Best Liner Notes For A Recorded Project:

Bill Nowlin; J.D.Crowe and the New South (40th Anniversary Edition)

Best Graphic Design For A Recorded Project:

Casey Campbell; Mandolin Duets: Volume One

Casey Campbell – Mandolin Duets: Volume One

Bluegrass Print/Media Person Of The Year:

John Lawless

Bluegrass Songwriter Of The Year:

Tim Stafford

The previously announced 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award recipients – Norman Blake, Bluegrass Today, Louisa Branscomb, Fletcher Bright, and Silver Dollar City – were also honored at September 28th’s luncheon.

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