Septeto Santiaguero wins Latin Grammy Award

havana-live-Septeto SantiagueroHAVANA, 24 Nov. (ACN) — The album Tributo a Los Compadres. No quiero llanto, by Cuban band Septeto Santiaguero and Dominican singer José Alberto ‘El Canario’, last week won the 2015 Latin Grammy Award in Best Traditional Tropical Album.

The award was given by the Latin Recording Academy in a ceremony in Las Vegas.

The CD is a tribute to one of the most important duets in the history of Cuban popular music: Los Compadres.

“This award is the end of many months of work and we are very happy,” said Fernando Dewar, director of the Santiaguero Septet.

“I must thank José Alberto ‘El Canario’, a humble man, for his love for Cuban music roots and his talent and for everything he contributed to this project. At the same time, I thank the musicians of the group and all the persons in Santiago de Cuba who cooperated with this project,” he added.

The leader of this traditional music group dedicated the award to his native city in the year of its 500th anniversary and to the great maestros who agreed to participate in the album.

“Cuban traditional music has won, and now that the Buena Vista Social Club is no longer in the international arena, replacement is guaranteed,” he concluded.

Cuban-Canadian Alex Cuba won in the category of Best Singer-Songwriter Album, with the CD Healer, while Calle 13 and Silvio Rodriguez walked away with the Latin Grammy Award for the audiovisual Ojos color sol, in Best Music Video, short version.

Other artistes mentioned at the official gala were Juan Luis Guerra, Natalia Lafourcade, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Alejandro Sanz, Ruben Blades and Maná.