Solo Buenos Aires by Argentine multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer Fernando Otero won the Best Tango Album award at the 18th Latin Grammy Awards.
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 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.
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.
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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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 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
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 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
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
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
“Awake, Arise and Shine” – Callie Bennett
Best Instrumental Recording
“Songs of the Earth” – Vince Redhouse
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
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
Honorary Award of Excellence
Hall of Fame
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
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:
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)
Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year (tie):
Instrumental Recorded Performance:
Emerging Artist Of The Year:
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:
Male Vocalist Of The Year:
Banjo Player Of The Year:
Bass Player Of The Year:
Dobro Player Of The Year:
Fiddle Player Of The Year:
Guitar Player Of The Year:
Mandolin Player of the Year:
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:
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
Bluegrass Print/Media Person Of The Year:
Bluegrass Songwriter Of The Year:
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.