(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.
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.
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)
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 www.nammys.com.
Debut Artist/Group of the Year Marlena Begaye
Best Female Artist Jana
Found A Love
Best Folk/Country Recording Pima Express
Voice Upon The Wind
Flutist of the Year Douglas Blue Feather
Ride The Lightening
Label: S Hawk
Gospel/Christian Recording Cherokee National Youth Choir
Building One Fire
Duo/Group of the Year Burning Sky Spirits In The Wind
Best Historical Recording Warfield Moose Jr.
Ben Black Elk Speaks
Best Independent Recording Michael Jacobs
Best Instrumental Recording Nicole
Label: Soar/Buffalo Moon
Best Male Artist Litefoot
Label: Red Vinyl
Best New Age Recording R. Carlos Nakai
Best Pop/Rock Recording Jim Boyd
Label: Thunder Wolf
Best Pow Wow Recording Black Eagle
Best Producer Keith Secola
Best Rap/Hip Hop Recording Tribal Live
True II Life: the 10 Letter Theory
Label: Living Proof
Record of the Year Pamyua
Caught In The Act
Label: Arctic Voice
Song/Single of the Year Felipe Rose
We’re Still Here
Songwriter of the Year Joseph Fire Crow
Legend of Warrior
Best Short or Long Form Video Annie Humphrey
Best Spoken Word Recording Joseph M. Marshall III
The Lakota Way: Native American Wisdom on Ethics & Character
Best World Music Recording Red Earth
Native Heart Richard Oliver & W Scott Newton
Tribe: All Native Project
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:
# of National Recordings
% Increase From Previous Year
1994 – 96
Increase of 11.5%
Increase of 116%
Decrease of 33% from previous year, Increase of 32% from 1997
Increase of 32%
Increase of 8%
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
(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.
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
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.
Berlin, 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 www.freemuse.org.
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.
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.”
Los Angeles, USA – Hassan Hakmoun’s latest album, The Gift, received the Association for Independent Music (AFIM) Indie Award for Best Contemporary World Music Recording this past Tuesday at the Annual Awards Luncheon in Orlando, Florida.
The Gift (Triloka 85228) teams Moroccan musician Hakmoun with American-born producer Fabian Alsultany. The two have tackled the landmark task of bridging Moroccan Gnawa sounds with Arabic music while maintaining a forward-looking sound. Alsultany recruited over a hundred musicians to fill out the sound with strings as is common in popular Arabic music.
Hollywood, USA – Cuban bass player Israel “Cachao” Lopez has been praised for his musical contributions with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California. The 84-year-old musician is best known as one of the creators of the mambo.
Lopez’s star ceremony was celebrated in front of the King King nightclub on March 14, 2003. Cachao’s star will be the 2,219th star on the reputed Walk of Fame.Attending the ceremony were actors Andy Garcia, who produced and directed a documentary on Lopez in 1993 and Edward James Olmos.
In 1939, Cachao along with his brother, Orestes Lopez, developed the mambo. The popularity of the mambo reached its heights during the 1950s with help from bandleader Damaso Perez Prado.
Since then, Lopez has been the recipient of Grammy Awards and international acclaim.
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