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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.


2003 Kora All African Music Awards, Winners Announced

Oliver Mtukudzi


Sandton, South Africa – The list of winners of the KORA All African Music Awards was announced last night, Saturday, December 6th at the Sandton Convention Center in Sandton, near Johannesburg, South Africa. African musicians from around the world were recognized for their artistic accomplishments. Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi received a lifetime achievement award.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Artist – West Africa – Male

Kojo Antwi – Nfa Me Nko Ho – Ghana

Best Artist – West Africa – Female

Suzanna – Nha Sonho sonho – Cape Verde

Best Artist – East Africa – Male

George Okudi – Wipolo – Uganda

Best Artist – East Africa – Female

Chamsia Sagaf – Loléya – Comores

Best Artist – Central Africa – Male

Douleur – Gloire aux femmes – Cameroon

Best Artist – Central Africa – Female

1 Mbilia Bel – Welcome Mbilia bel – R.D. Congo

2 Tshala Muana – Malu – R.D. Congo

Best Artist – Southern Africa – Male

Oliver Mtukudzi – Hear Me Lord – Zimbabwe

Best Artist – Southern Africa – Female

Busi Mhlongo – Umthwalo – South Africa

Best Artist Or Group Traditional

Machesa Traditional Group – Tshipidi – Botswana

Best African Group

1 Quartier Latin – Affaire D’ Etat — D.R. Congo

2 Anti-Palu – Deni – Ivory Coast

Best African Video

Jeff Maluleke – Mambo – South Africa

Best African Arrangement

Yvonne Chaka Chaka – Zibuyile Izinkomo – South

Best African Gospel Female Artist

Rebecca – Iyahamba Lenqola – South Africa

Best African Gospel Male Artist

Lundi – Lundi – South Africa

Best African Gospel Group

Notre Dame de la Salette – Tata Lekumu – Gabon

Most Promising African Female Artist

Barbara Kanam – Bibi Madeleine – D.R. Congo.

Most Promising African Male Artist

Jean-Paul Samputu – Ange Noir – Rwanda

Most Promising African Group

Macase – Ojem – Cameroon

Revelation Of The Year

Eben & Family – L’hymne – Gabon

Most Promising Artist of the African American Diaspora

Ludacris – Stand up – U.S.A.

Best Female Artist of the African American Diaspora

Angie Stone – Brotha – U.S.A.

Best Male Artist of the African American Diaspora

R Kelly – Step in the name of love – U.S.A.

Best Video of the African American Diaspora

R Kelly – Step in the name of love – U.S.A.

Life Time Achievement Award

Oliver Mtukudzi – Zimbabwe

Europe/ Caribbean Diaspora

Avalon – D.R. Congo – Sweden

Special Judge Award

Soumbil  and Notre Dame de la salette Ivory Coast and Gabon

Previous winners for the 2002 KORA Awards have included Hugh Masekela for Best African Musician, Alicia Keys for Best African American Diaspora Artist, and Koffi Olomide’ who won the KORA Award in several

The Kora Awards and EMI/CCP Records launched a 16 track Compilation CD earlier this year, which is a selection of the finest tracks performed by previous winners of the KORA.


Ernesto Vega and Luis Gonzalez Kings of JoJazz Festival

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – A jury headed by legendary Cuban jazz piano player Jesus “Chucho” Valdes, a winner of four Grammy Awards, extolled the abilities of young Cuban clarinet player Ernesto Vega, and saxophonist Luis Gonzalez Denis as the kings of the 2003 JoJazz Festival. The closing evening of the 2003 Jo Jazz Festival, celebrated here Sunday, included a special performance of musicians awarded in former editions, and the awards ceremony for this years participants.
In the 18 years and over category, Ernesto Camilo Vega (clarinet) was the winner, escorted by Rafael Zaldivar la Rosa (piano) and Jorge Vistel Serrano (trumpet); honorable mention was given to trumpeter Pavel Cabrera Cuesta. In the under 18 category, first place went to saxophonist Luis Gonzalez Denis, followed by Maikel Vistel Serrano (saxophone) and Edgar Fernando Rodriguez (piano), who finished third. Mentions went to Julio Valdes Fuente (violin) and Alfredo Rodriguez Salicio (piano).

Many of those present at Havana’s Amadeo Roldan Auditorium applauded the verdicts and enjoyed the musicians.


The 2003 Kora All Africa Music Awards

Oliver Mtukudzi


Sandton, South Africa – The KORA All African Music Awards will be taking place on Saturday, December 6th at the Sandton Convention Center in Sandton, near Johannesburg, South Africa.

African musicians from around the world will be recognized for their artistic accomplishments. Previous winners for the 2002 KORA Awards have included Hugh Masekela for Best African Musician, Alicia Keys for Best African American Diaspora Artist, and Koffi Olomide’ who won the KORA Award in several categories.

The Kora All Africa Music Awards and EMI/CCP Records launched a 16 track Compilation CD earlier this year, which is a selection of the finest tracks perfomed by previous winners of the KORA.

This Kora Album features artists such as Bayete, Mandoza, Brenda fassie, Ringo Madlingozi and Jeff maluleke from South Africa, Papa Wemba, Kofi olomide, Awilo Longomba and Makoma from D.R.C, Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), Femi Kuti from Nigeria, Kojo Antwi from Ghana, Mensah Ayaovi from Togo, Jacky Rapon from Island
of Martinique, Angelique Kidjo from Benin, Kelly Price from the US.


Sixth Annual Native American Music Awards

Robert Mirabal
Robert Mirabal
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA – Robert Mirabal was named Artist of the Year at the The Sixth Annual Native American Music Awards. The event was held Saturday, November 15th, 2003 at the Isleta Casino Resort Showroom in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Over 145 national music recordings were submitted for nomination consideration for the Sixth Annual Native American Music Awards making this year’s tally a new record high for the organization’s six-year history. Nominee submissions were made by the Native American Music Awards (NAMA)
Advisory/Industry membership.

Eligible recordings were commercially released from April 1, 2002 thru March 31, 2003 and with national distribution by a domestic record company and/or an authorized distributor. Winners of the Sixth Annual Native American Music Awards were determined through national membership mail-in ballots and a national voting campaign that was open to the general public at

List of winners:

Artist of the Year
Robert Mirabal
Indians Indians
Label: Silverwave

Best Blues/Jazz Recording
Derek Miller
Music Is The Medicine
Label: Warrior/SOAR

Best Compilation Recording – Various Artists
Joanne Shenandoah
Peace & Power: The Best of
Label: SW

Debut Artist/Group of the Year
Marlena Begaye
Label: CPR

Best Female Artist
Found A Love
Label: Radikal

Best Folk/Country Recording
Pima Express
Voice Upon The Wind
Label: Canyon

Flutist of the Year
Douglas Blue Feather
Ride The Lightening
Label: S Hawk

Gospel/Christian Recording
Cherokee National Youth Choir
Building One Fire
Label: CN

Duo/Group of the Year
Burning Sky
Spirits In The Wind
Label: Canyon

Best Historical Recording
Warfield Moose Jr.
Ben Black Elk Speaks
Label: YS)

Best Independent Recording
Michael Jacobs
Sacred Nation
Label: MJ

Best Instrumental Recording
Night Tree
Label: Soar/Buffalo Moon

Best Male Artist
The Messenger
Label: Red Vinyl

Best New Age Recording
R. Carlos Nakai
Fourth World
Label: Canyon

Best Pop/Rock Recording
Jim Boyd
Label: Thunder Wolf

Best Pow Wow Recording
Black Eagle
Flying Free
Label: Soar

Best Producer
Keith Secola
Label: Akina

Best Rap/Hip Hop Recording
Tribal Live
True II Life: the 10 Letter Theory
Label: Living Proof

Record of the Year
Caught In The Act
Label: Arctic Voice

Song/Single of the Year
Felipe Rose
We’re Still Here
Label: Tomahawk

Songwriter of the Year
Joseph Fire Crow
Legend of Warrior
Label: Makoche’

Best Short or Long Form Video
Annie Humphrey
Spirit Horses
Label: Makoche’

Best Spoken Word Recording
Joseph M. Marshall III
The Lakota Way: Native American Wisdom on Ethics & Character
Label: Makoche

Best World Music Recording
Red Earth
Zia Soul
Label: Tribalstew/Bluestone

Native Heart
Richard Oliver & W Scott Newton
Tribe: All Native Project
Label: K

The Native American Music organization has also presented special annual
music festivals, established the nation’s largest Native American music archive,
helped create a Native Music category in the Grammys, and provided local Native
youth with professional training and educational scholarships.

National Average of National Native American Music Recordings
Released Per Year:


YEAR # of National Recordings % Increase From Previous Year
1994 – 96 55  
1997 64 Increase of 11.5%
1998* 144 Increase of 116%
1999 97 Decrease of 33% from previous year, Increase of 32% from 1997
2000 130 Increase of 32%
2001 140 Increase of 8%
Annual Average: 105 Releases per year
Annual Average since 1998: 127 Releases per year
* Note: In May 1998, The First Native American Music Awards was launched and
the national average for Native American music recordings more than doubled
reaching a record-breaking total that year. (Source: Native American Music
Awards, Inc.

Cuban Documentary Film Awarded at Festival in Bahia

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – The Cuban short film “El son te salio redondo,” by producer Senobio Faget (Puri), won the Tatu de oro for the best documentary film at the 30th International Film Fest of Bahia, Brazil. Recorded in natural scenarios in Old Havana, the film merges poetry, song, dance, music, fine arts, and historical renovation. It is homage from the Cuban Television to the birthplace of national poet Nicolas Guillen, born July 10, 1902, in Camagüey. Besides his poetry it also includes poems sung by Osdalgia, Jovenes clasicos del Son, and Septeto Chocolate Caliente.


Pankaj Udhas to be honored at the Bollywood Music Awards

Pankaj Udhas
Pankaj Udhas
New York, USA – Pankaj Udhas, known as The velvet voice of India, is a Ghazal Icon. He will be felicitated with the “The Special Achievement Award” of the Year” at the Bollywood Music Awards, on Saturday, Nov 1st 2003 at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey. He will be honored for his popularizing ghazals in India and outside India where people don’t understand the language, breaking all the language barriers. Additionally, for bringing all the NRI’s closer to their homes and motherland with mega hit songs like “Chithi AYee Hai”.

Pankaj Udhas, a singer for the masses and classes has performed for many charities and firmly believes in promoting Indian art and culture. He is known in the western world as the “True Cultural Ambassador” of India. Pankaj Udhas has been associated with Cancer patients Aid Association which was established in 70’s where he is involved in rehabilitating and treating cancer patients. He has raised money through his concerts and helped them to raise over 20 million Indian Rupees. He is also the president is Parents Thallasemic Unit trust involved in the treatment of the most dreaded genetic blood disorder called Thallasemia. And he has started Khazana a festival of ghazals in aid of these
two organizations.

Pankaj Udhas has accomplished much at his youthful age. Already known as an international Ghazal icon, Pankaj Udhas’s groundbreaking influence on music can be seen worldwide.  Due to his cross-cultural appeal and wholesome persona, Pankaj Udhas appeals to everyone from children to grandparents, professional women and men to young children trying to find their path in life.

Kamal Dandona, founder of the Bollywood Music Awards, said “Pankaj Udhas was among the first ghazal singers to gain widespread acceptance and fame, and thereby paved the way for men and women of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds to enter the Music world. 

Pankaj is a symbol of ghazal music and his music career has enveloped the globe and therefore, is most deserving of the International Special Award.  He is at the pinnacle of the music world and we
are thrilled that he is going to be a part of the Bollywood Music Awards

The Bollywood Music Awards, an event of international stature, will honor the outstanding achievements of Indian music makers and artists during the prior year.


WOMEX Award 2003 Goes to Freemuse

womex-250Berlin, Germany – The 2003 WOMEX Award goes to the human rights organization FREEMUSE for its fight against music censorship.

For the fifth time the WOMEX Award is honoring outstanding contributions in the field of world music. Freemuse was founded in 1998 and is dedicated to uphold the United Nations Universal Charter of Human Rights by funding reports, creating a database of information and taking up the causes of individual musicians in trouble with their governments or other groups. For more information about their work go to

When organizing yourtravel schedule, don’t miss out the WOMEX Award Celebration on Sunday at 14:00 h with the final showcases Amal Murkus and Marcel Khalife. Check the WOMEX website at Awards for more information on the WOMEX Award including last years’ winners.


Bebo Valdes Receives Award Granted at San Sebastian Jazz Festival

Bebo Valdés
Bebo Valdés
San Sebastian, Spain – Pianist Bebo Valdés received the Donostia Award of Jazzaldia, at the 38 edition of San Sebastian Jazz Festival, classified by him as the “best in the world.” Valdés received the award from San Sebastian city mayor Odón Elorza, at the City Hall of the Basque city, with the presence of Spanish flamenco singer Diego el Cigala, with whom Valdés performed in the Festival.

Nearly 85 years old and dressed with an elegant blue suit, Bebo explained that in 1963 he had to “decide between love and art” and chose the first, getting married in Stockholm, where he stayed to live, which is why he lived for more than 30 years in anonymity until Fernando Trueba rescued him. Bebo did not want to miss the chance to praise his son Chucho’s qualities, who he called superior to him concerning musical taste and “absolute ear”, although Chucho only modestly replied that he is nothing but “his follower, his sequel.” Father and son also paid homage to two great figures of Cuban music recently deceased, Compay Segundo and Celia Cruz, whose heritage, they stated, “will remain forever.”