soda Stereo received yesterday, at a special gala and among other artists, the “Musical Excellence Award”while the musician and producer Gustavo Santaolalla received the award from the Board of Directors, at a special gala that took place yesterday in the Spanish city of Seville, prior to what will be the 2023 Latin Grammy Awards ceremony this Thursday.
When collecting the award for the band they formed with Gustavo Cerati and Charly Alberti In 1982, the bassist Zeta Bosio He said: “We started out as three children wanting to have fun. We put in a lot of work, we dedicated our lives to it, there is nothing that was ahead of this. That’s why I am so grateful to the people who were around, because they had to endure all that.” .
On stage, together with Alberti, he remembered Cerati, who died in 2014: “We need Gustavo tonight much more than ever because he was our voice, the genius who led us forward, the one who gave lyrics to the songs.. It really is a mantle that covers us and does not accompany us everywhere we go.”
The Musical Excellence Award is presented to performers who, during their careers, have made creative contributions “of outstanding artistic value” to Latin music and their communities. Spanish singers also received the award Carmen Linares and Ana Torrojathe Mexican Mijaresthe Brazilian simone and the Cuban trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval.
The award to Gustavo Santaolalla
International media reported that Gustavo Santaolalla He was the other Argentine winner during the gala prior to the 24th edition of the Latin Grammys that will be held in Seville on November 16, for the first time outside the United States.
Before receiving the award from the Board of Directors, which he shared with the Peruvian percussionist, Alex Acuña and the Puerto Rican musical director, Wison Torresfor his contributions to Latin music.
He was introduced as a “70s member of the jazz-rock supergroup Weather Report” and “one of the most influential producers in the history of Latin rock.” Santaolalla is behind albums by Café Tacvba, Maldita Vecindad, Julieta Venegas and Juanesamong many others.
In his speech he highlighted that the award is given “to work”, based on inspiration, “that magical thing”, but also to “the collaboration of many people who are not in the photo but have a lot to do with what we have done “.
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