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National Endowment For The Arts Announces the 2004 Recipients of the Nation\’s Highest Honor in the Folk and Traditional Arts

Washington, D.C., USA – The National Endowment for the Arts
today announced the 2004 recipients of the NEA National Heritage Fellowships,
the country’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Ten fellowships,
which include a one-time award of $20,000 each, are presented to honorees from
ten states. Twelve awardees were chosen for their artistic excellence, cultural
authenticity, and contributions to their field. Two of the fellowships will be
shared by husband and wife teams.

Chum Ngek will receive the Bess Lomax Hawes award for service to the folk and
traditional arts field as a whole in acknowledgement of his long history of
teaching Cambodian music and culture. National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia said, “The work of these
awardees is a testament to the diversity and exceptional quality of America’s
artistic resources. The cultures and artistic forms represented here speak to
traditions, both ancient and contemporary and to artistic achievements that are

In its 23rd year, the NEA National Heritage Fellowship program features many
first-time awards this year including honoring a female blues singer, Kathak
dancer, Irish-American button accordionist, and gospel steel guitarist.

2004 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Recipients:

Anjani Ambegaokar, North Indian Kathak dancer (Diamond Bar, CA)
Charles “Chuck” T. Campbell, gospel steel guitar player (Rochester, NY)
Joe Derrane, Irish-American button accordionist (Randolph, MA)
Jerry Douglas, Dobro player (Nashville, TN)
Gerald “Subiyay” Miller, Skokomish oral tradition bearer, carver, basket maker
(Shelton, WA)
Milan Opacich, Tamburitza instrument maker (Shererville, IN)
Eliseo and Paula Rodriguez, straw appliqué artists (Santa Fe, NM)
Koko Taylor, Blues musician (Country Club Hills, IL)
Yuqin Wang and Zhengli Xu, Chinese rod puppeteers (Aloha, OR)

2004 Bess Lomax Hawes Award:

Chum Ngek, Cambodian musician and teacher (Gaithersburg, MD)

These honorees join the ranks of previous Heritage Fellows,
including bluesman B.B. King, Irish stepdancer Michael Flatley, cowboy poet
Wally McRae and acclaimed performers Shirley Caesar, Doc Watson, and Bill
Monroe. Since 1982, the Endowment has awarded more than 282 National Heritage
Fellowships. Recipients are nominated, often by members of their own
communities, and then judged by a panel on the basis of their continuing
artistic accomplishments and contributions as practitioners or teachers. Fellows
must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or U.S. territory.

The 2004 awardees will travel to Washington D.C. in September for a series of
events including an awards presentation on Capitol Hill and a concert at Lisner
Auditorium at George Washington University on Friday, October 1. Cracker Barrel
Old Country Store of Lebanon, Tennessee, will underwrite the costs of the
ceremony and related activities.

[Photos: 1 – Jerry Douglas, 2 – Anjani Ambegaokar, 3- Chum Ngek. All photos
courtesy of National Endowment for the Arts].


Reggae Icon Marcia Griffiths Wins UN Award

New York, USA – The United Nations awarded its prestigious Great Esteem Award to the veteran Jamaican singer Marcia Griffiths. The prize was awarded for her outstanding musical contribution during the last 40 years. Marcia Griffiths is the only Jamaican woman who has had successes in each decade since her debut as an adolescent in 1964. She has recorded duets with Tony Gregory, Desmond Dekker, Bob Marley, Bob Andy, Free I (Jeff Dixon), Freddie McGregor, Cutty Ranks, Tony Rebel, Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Shaggy and Beres Hammond, among others. Marcia Griffiths has also had hits
covering different styles such as ska, rock steady, reggae and dancehall. Listen
Mi Niña, taken from her collaboration with
Spanish reggae band Cañaman.


Charanga Habanera and Leo Brouwer, EGREM 2003 Awards

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha)
Havana, Cuba – Cuban popular band La Charanga Habanera and orchestra director Leo
Brouwer were awarded at the annual contest of EGREM recording company to the
best productions of 2003 in Cuba. La Charanga Habanera´s album Soy cubano, soy
earned them the sensational recording of the year award. Guitarist,
composer and orchestra director Brouwer received a similar award for an
anthology album evidence of his virtuosity on the guitar. In fusion, the awards
went to the young members of Triángulo Oscuro for their album with the song "A
Moverse", presentation for a Cuban TV show. Pupy y Los que Son Son
orchestra received an award in the best album with dance melodies category and
in the most outstanding recording of the year, while the duet Buena Fe won the
best pop music album. The album Chanchaneando, where Elíades Ochoa and his Patria
Quartet show the work of various generations of traditional Cuban followers, was
awarded as best selling disc production abroad in 2003.


Tanzanian “Oya Theatre Group” wins 5th Interregional Music Crossroads Festival

Brussels, Belgium – For the second year running Dar Es Salaam, the bustling
Tanzanian seaport by the Indian Ocean, hosted the Music Crossroads Interregional
Festival – the fifth annual showcase of Southern Africa’s best young bands that
took place from 22-25th January 2004.

The festival kicked off with the national Tanzanian finals on 22nd and 23rd
January, followed by the actual competition on 24th January on the “Mnazi Mmoja”
grounds, and a grand finale open-air concert on the “Slipway” beachfront on 25th
January. Parallel to the competition, the musicians attended workshops specially
catered for their interests, on Communication and Emotions, Voice Warm-up,
Instruments and HIV/AIDS. Bands full of talent and energy from Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania and,
for the first time, from Zambia, all previously selected through national
finals, competed for the prizes that included tours, live performances on the
radio, studio time and musical instruments. The Oya Theatre Group (photo) from
Tanzania won first prize – a European tour and the opportunity to take part in
the Sounds of Wisdom Swahili Music Festival in Zanzibar that took place from
13th-15th February. Oya is an acronym for “Opportunities for Young Artists”, and
the band’s very visual act is based on traditional Swahili rhythms and dance.
Traditional drums, steel pan drums, marimbas and shakers are the ingredients of
their music, however more instruments will be added for the European tour. The
jury was impressed by their outstanding energetic performance. Stig Asp, Music
Crossroads Project Director, said: “They really explode on stage!” The
members of the band, five boys and two girls, are aged between 17 and 21.

The three-piece hip-hop act Man Nok Man Kill, also from Tanzania, was another
favorite of the jury. They won recording software and the chance to make a
professional demo recording. Individual prizes (instruments) were rewarded to
members of Gwindingwi Rine Shumba (Zimbabwe), the Crucial Lions (Zambia) and the
Rare Roses (Zambia). Exceptional band members from Gwindingwi Rine Shumba and
the DCMA Taarab Orchestra (Zanzibar, Tanzania) will take part in the Swedish
Ethno camp.

After previous Interregional festivals in Harare (ZIM), Maputo (MOZ) and Dar es
Salaam (TZ), JMI has decided to hold next year’s event in Malawi in January

Dag Franzén, Secretary General of JMI, commented “We tend to be modest within
the Jeunesses Musicales network but after hearing from independent sources that
Music Crossroads is not only the largest youth empowerment project in Africa,
but probably in the world, I must say that I’m very proud of the success of this
fantastic project


World Music Artist Wins ISC Grand Prize

The International Songwriting
(ISC) announced this week the winners for the 2003 annual
competition. ISC received over 11,000 entries from 60 countries in
its second year. ISC prizes include more than $100,000 (USD) in cash and
merchandise and are shared by 68 winners in 13 categories.

Winning the 2003 overall Grand Prize is
Moana Maniapoto
of Auckland, New
Zealand for her world music song “Moko.”  Described as the “diva of Maori
music,” Moana Maniapoto has consistently pushed the boundaries of Maori
music with her unique blend of traditional Maori musical elements and
contemporary western grooves. Her band Moana and the Tribe tour throughout
the world and are one of the most successful indigenous bands to emerge
from New Zealand. The winning song  “Moko,” is a compelling fusion of
smooth world music and an urban sound with earthy, international beats
.” The First Place winner in the World category is Ishay Amir from Tel Aviv,
Israel for his song “Forbidden Love”. An award-winning songwriter & record
producer, Ishay’s music combines contemporary music with folk and world

Taking Second Place honors is Toti from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for his song
“Bifurcacoes”. A saxophonist and flutist, Toti works with renowned
Brazilian artist Zé Ramalho. Entering the ISC was Toti’s first investment
in his career as a solo artist.

Other songwriters who placed in the world music category include: Auktyon  (Russia), Honorable Mention – “Victory Day”
Tony Battle/George Umbulo/Steffon (Western Springs, Auckland, New Zealand),
Honorable Mention – “Under African Skies”
Dejan Pejovic (Beograd, Srbija, Serbia & Monteneg), Honorable Mention –
Dembo Jobarteh (Bakau, The Gambia), Runner Up – “Bunja Muta”
Justo D. Otongo (Baltimore, MD, USA), Runner Up – “Godly Love”
Cristina Abaroa (Sherman Oaks, CA, USA), Semi-finalist – “Pajaro Solitario”
Tony  Battle/George Umbulo (W. Springs, Auckland, New Zealand ), Semi-
finalist – “All I See Is Pain”
Niurka Curbelo/Hal S. Batt/Juliana Barrios (Miami, FL, USA), Semi-finalist
– “La Ruleta”
Alain Nkossi Konda (Immendstadt, Bavaria, Germany), Semi-finalist – “Foot
of the Hill”
Moana Maniapoto/Simon Halloway/ Hirini Melbourne (Grey Lynn, Auckland, New
Zealand), Semi-fianlist – “Te Po”
Patje (Studio City, CA, USA), Semi-finalist – “Baila Fever”
Dan Reiser (Fairview, NC, USA), Semi-finalist – “Umbyabo”
Henry Richards aka Djate (Steamboat Springs, CO, USA), Semi-finalist –
“Wanna Be Love”
Cesar Santino de la Tore aka Santino (Los Angeles, CA, USA), Semi-finalist
– “Sonrie”
Felicite Tchaco (San Francisco, CA, USA), Semi-finalist – “Mobali Naga”

The ISC panel of judges included top executives, songwriters, and producers
in the music industry:

Pat Metheny; Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20); B.B. King; Phil Vassar; Dan
Haseltine (Jars Of Clay); Vanessa Carlton; Bebe Winans; Guru (Gang Starr);
Paul Oakenfold; Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace); Nile Rodgers; Monte Lipman
(President, Universal Records); Arif Mardin (VP/GM, Manhattan Records);
Bruce Lundvall (CEO/President, Capitol Jazz/Classics); Michael Gudinski
(Chairman, Mushroom Group Of Companies);  Frank Callari  (Artist Manager);
Tina Davis (Sr. VP A&R, Def Jam/Def Soul); Rose Noone  (Sr. VP A&R, Epic
Records); Jimmy Bralower (Producer); Kim Stephens (VP A&R/Promotion, Lava
Records); Tara Griggs-Magee (Executive VP, Gospel & Urban Music, Sony Music
Entertainment); and Robert Beeson (President, Essential Records).

ISC is sponsored by Xytar Digital Systems, Epiphone Guitars, Sam
Ash Music Stores, iRiver, Primera Technology, Inc., Berklee College Of
Music, FYE -For Your Entertainment,,  MasterWriter, Planetary
Group,, Ernie Ball Music Man, L.R. Baggs, Sonicbids,
Cakewalk, The Intellitouch Tuner, Disc Makers, Alphabet Arm Design, The
Orchard,  M Works, Onlinegigs,, and Sennheiser USA.

For more information and a complete list of winners, please go to


46th Grammy Awards

Los Angeles, USA – The 46th Grammy Awards winners were announced Sunday, February 8th, 2004. The award for best traditional world music album went to Sacred Tibetan Chant by The Monks Of Sherab Ling Monastery (Naxos World), while the contemporary world music award went to Voz D’Amor (Bluebird) by Cape Verdean singer Cesaria Evora.

The Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album went to Buenos Hermanosby Cuban musician Ibrahim Ferrer (Nonesuch Records) and the Best Salsa/Merengue Album went to Regalo del Alma by the late Celia Cruz (Sony Discos).

Other awards of interest to the world music audience include:

Best Latin Pop Album

  • No Es Lo Mismo
    Alejandro Sanz (WEA International)

    Best Latin
    Rock/Alternative Album

    • Cuatro Caminos
      Café Tacuba (MCA Records)

    Mexican/Mexican-American Album

    • Afortunado

      by Joan Sebastian

    Best Tejano

    • Si Me Faltas Tu
      Jimmy González y El Grupo Mazz (Freddie Records)

    Traditional Blues Album

    • Blues Singer

      by Buddy Guy
      (Silvertone Records)

    Contemporary Blues Album

    • Let’s Roll

      by Etta James
      (Private Music)

    Traditional Folk Album

    • Wildwood Flower
      June Carter Cash (Dualtone Music Group)

    Contemporary Folk Album

    • The Wind

      by Warren Zevon
      (Artemis Records)

    Best Native
    American Music Album

    Best Reggae

    Best Polka

    For the
    complete list of winners, go to:


Pamyua Wins Big for Alaska Natives

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA – The Anchorage-based quartet Pamyua took top honors Saturday night at the
Native American Music Awards in Albuquerque, New Mexico, when a live album they
recorded at the 4th Avenue Theatre in 2002, called Caught in the Act, was
named record of the year.

The win took the musicians by surprise. In fact, they were so sure they’d been
passed over for the honor that brothers Phillip and Stephen Blanchett weren’t
even in their auditorium seats. They were in the lobby, negotiating a future gig,
when they got word.

I opened the door and saw Karina (Moeller) and Ossie (Kairaiuak) on stage,
and everyone was laughing
,” Phillip Blanchett said of his band mates. “I
did our seal call — Woohoo! Woohoo! — and ran up, flapping my arms like a bird

The award is the first Nammy for Pamyua (pronounced BUM-yo-ah) and the first for
an Alaska artist in the six years of the award. More than 140 recordings were
submitted for 2003 Nammy consideration. Finalists were announced in October.

Caught in the Act was nominated for three 2003 Nammys — best duo/group,
best pop/rock recording, and record of the year — but the group didn’t think
they had a chance at winning any of them when they arrived at Saturday’s event.

But before the group could polish the “It’s an honor just to be nominated
routine, Pamyua was called to the stage and the joke was on them.

I saw (NAMA director) Donald Kelly backstage, and he said ‘I gotcha!’ ”
Stephen Blanchett said, laughing. “He said, ‘You didn’t think you’d win, did you?’
I didn’t

Caught in the Act was released in April. Pamyua’s CD debut was Mengluni in 1998. The title is Yup’ik for “the beginning.” Pamyua’s second
album, Verses, was released in late 2000 and earned the group a 2001
Nammy nomination for best world music recording.

Pamyua formed eight years ago as a Blanchett duo but was a foursome within a
year. The group has since grown popular in Alaska and on the world music
festival circuits with its blend of traditional Native song, drum and dance
performance, Yup’ik storytelling and contemporary world music. The group also
has heavy influences in R&B, funk, jazz, doo-wop and gospel.

That musical diversity and Pamyua’s vibrant performance energy are showcased on
the aptly titled Caught in the Act.

We really wanted to show people the evolution of the music we were making,”
Stephen Blanchett said. “And it really captured what we do onstage. I think
people still remember that night

It’s amazing. We went out of there feeling like we won the award,”
Phillip Blanchett said. “We just accomplished something that is at the very
top. We are so honored to have our names in the record book


Cuban Guitar Player wins award in Granada, Spain

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Granada, Spain – Cuban musician Martin Tamayo won second prize at the 20th International Andres Segovia Classic Guitar Contest, sharing it with his Bosnian colleague Alen Garagic, in a contest that concluded with a non-awarded first prize. Twenty six guitar players from 14 countries competed for the prize in La Herradura, in southern Spain, which became the adoptive homeland of the famous guitar player. This was the seventh time they do not award the first prize of the contest that was named after the most important classical guitar player of the 20th Century, who proved the Spanish guitar’s worth at a time when it was underestimated and limited to the gypsy world.


Recording Academy® Announces 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award And Trustees Award Recipients

Santa Mónica, USA – Recipients of the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award and
Trustees Award were announced today by the Recording Academy®. Recording artists
Van Cliburn, The Funk Brothers, Ella Jenkins, Sonny Rollins, Artie Shaw and Doc
Watson will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards. Jazz producer Orrin Keepnews,
songwriting team Gerry Goffin and Carole King, and pianist/radio host Marian
McPartland will be honored with Trustees Awards. Formal acknowledgment of the
awards will be made in conjunction with the 46th Annual GRAMMY® Awards ceremony,
which will be held at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 8, 2004.
The show will be a prime-time television special on the CBS Television Network.”The Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Awards recognize music people who have
made the greatest impact on our culture
,” said Neil Portnow, President of
the Academy. “These recipients are being honored as legendary performers,
cultural ambassadors, archetypal musicians and profoundly inspiring figures.
Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a
timeless legacy that has positively affected multiple generations, and will
continue to influence generations to come

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors lifelong artistic contributions to the
recording medium while the Trustees Award recognizes outstanding contributions
to the industry in a non-performing capacity. Both special merit awards are
decided by vote of the Recording Academy’s National Trustees. The recipients
will be officially acknowledged in a ceremony during GRAMMY Week in Los Angeles,
which culminates with the GRAMMY Awards.


A two-time GRAMMY® Award winner, Van Cliburn has arguably become the best-known
classical musician in history since he won the First International Tchaikovsky
Competition in Moscow in 1958 at the height of the Cold War. In his illustrious
career, Cliburn has performed with every major orchestra and conductor, and has
performed for every U.S. president since Harry Truman (and for royalty and heads
of state in Europe, Asia and South America). Cliburn’s recording of
Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto was the first classical recording ever to
sell enough copies to be certified platinum. In 2001 he was inducted into the
American Classical Hall of Fame. In 2002 he was presented with the Recording
Academy President’s Merit Award, and received honors from the Kennedy Center for
the unique and invaluable contribution he has made to the cultural life of our

As the only studio musicians on all of Motown’s hits in its golden years, The
Funk Brothers created the instrumental sound for, and played on, more hit
records than the Beatles, Beach Boys and Rolling Stones combined. Their
creativity and unique approach to soul and funk shaped the sound of music
throughout the world, from the time they released their first recording 40 years
ago to today. Recently their story was depicted in the documentary Standing In
The Shadows Of Motown, the soundtrack of which won them their first GRAMMY for
Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other
Visual Media at the 45th Annual GRAMMY Awards. The Funk Brothers won their
second GRAMMY that same year.

From the beginning of her career in 1956, GRAMMY-nominated folk singer Ella
Jenkins has been a cornerstone of children’s music. Over the course of the past
five decades, she has established herself as a musician whose reach extends
beyond her target audience into the realm of adults and educators. Jenkins was
the first performer to take her music into schools and teach music while
incorporating respect for diversity. She has educated children about everything
from reading and geography to multiculturalism and the environment, and through
her famous Adventures in Rhythm workshops, she has taught music teachers as well.
Literally thousands of musicians who now make their living performing in schools
and family concerts are indebted to Jenkins for paving the way.

Sonny Rollins stands as one of the all-time great tenor saxophonists. After
making his recording debut in 1949, Rollins recorded with many acclaimed jazz
musicians including J.J. Johnson, Bud Powell, Fats Navarro, Miles Davis and
Thelonious Monk. His series of brilliant recordings for labels Prestige, Blue
Note, Contemporary and Riverside in the 1950s made him one of the most acclaimed
tenor saxophonists of his generation. A Milestone recording artist since 1972,
Rollins’ skill at turning unlikely material into jazz and his rhythmic freedom
and tonal distortions has not diminished over the years. Rollins recently won a
GRAMMY for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual Or Group at the 44th Annual
GRAMMY Awards for This Is What I Do.

Perhaps the most renowned jazz clarinetist, Artie Shaw led five orchestras
during the swing era, all of them unique and memorable. Of his recordings,
“Begin The Beguine” in 1938 made him a star and his orchestra one of the most
popular in the world. Other greats include “Any Old Time” with Billie Holiday, “Frenesi,”
“Stardust,” “Concerto For Clarinet” and “Summit Ridge Drive.” In 1955, Artie
Shaw permanently gave up the clarinet to pursue his dreams of being a writer,
but did return to music as the frontman for a reorganized Artie Shaw Orchestra
in 1983.

Arthel “Doc” Watson is one of the most influential folk/country guitar players
of our time, and his beautiful voice, great instrumental talent, and mastery of
traditional material and have made him an American treasure. Watson sings and
picks with an emotional authenticity that is unsurpassed, and many of today’s
great artists — including Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris —
acknowledge his influence. Additionally, Watson’s encyclopedic knowledge of
American traditional songs has provided a cultural service by preserving the
legacy of music in our country. He has been performing and recording for five
decades, and during this time has won six GRAMMY Awards, including Best
Traditional Folk Album at the 45th Annual GRAMMY Awards in New York.


One of the most respected of all jazz producers, Orrin Keepnews began his
long, productive and still-ongoing recording career in 1953 as co-founder of the
legendary Riverside label. While at Riverside, his creative guidance helped
launch or advance the careers of many jazz greats, including Thelonious Monk,
Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery, and Cannonball Adderley. In the late ’60s he
initiated another remarkable body of work at Milestone Records, involving
significant artists including Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Lee Konitz and Joe
Henderson. Keepnews’ occasional ventures outside jazz have ranged from the
Staple Singers to the Kronos Quartet. He has served in executive roles, has
written award-winning liner notes, and remains active as a free-lance producer.
Throughout his career, Keepnews has continued to develop classic reissue
packages for several major labels, including such classic figures as Louis
Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker.

Together, the songwriting team of Gerry Goffin and Carole King has written a
string of hits including “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Take Good Care Of My
Baby,” “The Loco-Motion,” “Go Away Little Girl,” and “(You Make Me Feel Like A)
Natural Woman.” They were among the most inventive and successful of the Brill
Building songwriting teams. In addition to an extremely successful songwriting
career as a team, both Goffin and King have earned accolades as
singer/songwriters in their own rights. In 1990, Goffin was inducted into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. King has earned four GRAMMY Awards, three as an
artist and one for writing James Taylor’s “You’ve Got A Friend.”

Marian McPartland’s program Piano Jazz, which has aired on National Public Radio
since 1978, presents McPartland and her guests as they reminisce, improvise, and
swap stories, songs, and techniques about jazz. In addition, McPartland formed
her own Halycon label and recorded several acclaimed albums, and has composed
material that has been recorded by Tony Bennett and Peggy Lee, among others.
McPartland maintains a busy schedule recording, touring, lecturing and teaching
year-round. She is deeply committed to music education in the country’s public
schools and was inducted in the International Association for Jazz Education
Hall of Fame in 1986. In 1983, Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz received a George
Foster Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting. In 2001, McPartland and her
program were honored with a “Gracie” – the Gracie Allen Award given by American
Women in Radio and Television – and the National Music Council’s American Eagle

Established in 1957, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc.,
also known as the Recording Academy, is dedicated to improving the quality of
life and cultural conditions for music and its makers. An organization of
musicians, producers and other recording professionals, the Recording Academy is
internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards, and is responsible for numerous
ground-breaking outreach, professional development, cultural enrichment,
education and human services programs.

[Photo of Doc Watson].


Cubans Get Most Grammy Nominations in Tropical Traditional Music Category

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha)

Beverly Hills.- At a ceremony held at the Beverly Hills Hotel, in California, a group of pop stars, including Dido, Moby and Sarah McLachlan, made public the list of nominees for the golden gramophones to be granted by the US Academy of Musical Arts and Sciences. Category 60 includes Ibrahím Ferrer (Buenos Hermanos), Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro (Poetas Del Son), Soneros de verdad presented
Rubalcaba (Past y Present), and Barbarito Torres (Pimienta Records/Havana Caliente). The list also includes Bajando Gervasio by Amadito Valdes (Pimienta Records). Experts noted that for the first time, Cuban artists living in Cuba obtained all nominations in a single category. The Grammy ceremony will be held on February 8, 2004, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.