Two Cuban music heavyweights, Chucho Valdés and Los Van Van, are aspiring to the Anglo-Saxon 2017 Grammy Awards, the American Recording Academy announced on its list of nominees.
Renowned pianist Chucho Valdés and his Mensajeros Afrocubanos hope to win the award with Tributo a Irakere: Live in Marciac (Comanche/Harmonia Mundi), a CD that pays tribute to an essential group in the Cuban music scene and which includes pieces like Juana 1600, and the classics by Valdés with the Mensajeros Afrocubanos Yansa and Lorena’s tango.
In the Best Latin Jazz Album section the CD has as opponents others equally valuable like Entre Colegas, by Andy González; Madera Latino: A Latin Jazz Perspective on the Music of Woody Shaw, by Brian Lynch and a group of artists; Canto América, by Michael Spiro, Wayne Wallace and La Orquesta Sinfonietta; and 30, by the Da Paz trio.
Meanwhile, La fantasía. Homenaje a Juan Formell (Egrem/Sony Music), by Juan Formell and Los Van Van, was nominated in the section of Best Tropical Latin Album. The CD, recorded in Cuba, has a dozen pieces, of which Somos diferentes, Todo se acabó and La moda, which are widely popular in Cuba, especially stand out.
La fantasía… has as rivals Conexión, by Fonseca; 35 Aniversario, by the Colombian group Niche; La Sonora Santanera en su 60 aniversario, by La Sonora Santanera; and ¿Dónde están?, by José Lugo and the Combo Guasábara.
The Anglo-Saxon Grammy Awards have opened 84 categories for its 59th edition that will take place in 2017. It is expected that at the Awards Ceremony the award-winning nominated Latin artists will include Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil (CD Dois Amigos, Um Século De Música: Multishow Live), Jesse & Joy (Un Besito Mas), Gaby Moreno (Ilusión), Diego Torres (Buena Vida), Carla Morrison (Amor Supremo) and Vicente Fernández (Un azteca en el Azteca, Vol. 1), and others