The Septeto Santiaguero won its first Latin Grammy last night, November 19, in the category of Best Traditional Tropical Album for its CD No quiero llanto. Tributo a Los Compadres, recorded with Dominican José Alberto, “El Canario.”
The 2015 awards ceremony took place in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, where other winners included Calle 13 and Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez for the video clip Ojos color sol; and Alex Cuba, for Healer. Pablo Milanés was recognized for his life long contributions with an Award for Musical Excellence.
The Santiago group, led Fernando Dewar, has been nominated twice previously for Oye mi Son santiaguero and Vamos pa’ la fiesta, competing this time against another Cuban, among others, Alain Pérez and his El Alma del Son. Tributo a Matamoros.
Other 2015 Cuban nominees included Iván “Melón” Lewis, in the Best Latin Jazz Album category; and Rey Ruiz, in the Best Salsa Album category.
Lizt Alfonso’s Dance Cuba (LADC) won rave reviews as the first Cuban dance company to perform during the ceremony.