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Latin Grammy winner Amaury Gutierrez dedicates award to Cuba and the Ladies in White

Via Pedazos de la Isla:

Amaury Guttierez Dedicates Grammy to Cuba and the Ladies in White

Four exiled Cuban musicians were awarded this past Thursday November 10th during the 2011 edition of the Latin Grammys, which took place in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The four were: Paquito D’Rivera, Lena Burke, the late and great master (and creator) of the Mambo- Israel Lopez “Cachao”- and Amaury Guttierez.  The latter, upon receiving his award, dedicated his victory to Cuba and the brave Ladies in White, in addition to sending out a clear message to the Cuban dictatorship.  Without a doubt, this was a moment of pride for Cubans everywhere, especially those who tirelessly fight day and night for a free country- a country where freedom of expression (among others) are fully respected and where musicians- like Gutierrez and so many more- can make music and be featured on the media, without censorship.

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4 comments to Latin Grammy winner Amaury Gutierrez dedicates award to Cuba and the Ladies in White

  • Rayarena

    Gloria, are you watching? That's how a true performer with principles behaves. But then again, Amaury has real talent, and he's apparently not too worried about rubbing the politically correct "liberal" power establishment the wrong way. We know that other "exile" performers [who sing as bad as Omara Portuondo] are more interested in their earnings [even if their net worth is several hundred million dollars]. Heaven's forbid that some Santana-loving pro-castro laateeeno decides not to buy their lousy CD [which by the way, didn't sell anyway].

  • asombra

    I wouldn't have nearly as much of a problem with a Cuban-American performer being apolitical, truly and consistently so, as I do with one who wants to play both sides of the street. One cannot have it both ways, certainly not with me.

  • Rayarena

    I know, she plays both sides and she's so transparent about it. What is most infuriating is that when she plays both sides, [pardon the language] you feel "f--ked" all of the time, because they end up getting most of the concessions. Like when she did her fundraiser for the democrats in her house and did a photo-opt showing herself showing Obama a picture of the Ladies in White. What did Obama do in exchange for the money that she raised for him? Make unilateral concessions to the regime and not say a word about the horrendous wave of repression inside Cuba.

    But alas, I don't want to make this post about untalented greedy singers that sound like toads [because they lost whatever voice they had], I want to congratulate Amaury for his courage and conviction. By the way, Paquito is just as principled, so I want to congratulate him too. I've heard him say that whoever doesn't want to buy his CDs because of his anti-castro stance, he doesn't care, they don't have to buy them.

  • Jorge Ponce

    According to the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

    It is easier to criticize the Castro regime when in the company of people who support your point of view. What takes courage and speaks to character is to give a primal speech that exposes the atrocities of the Cuban Government and moves the world community to bring about change that it can believe in – an audacious change that will restore democracy and freedom to a Cuban population that has been oppressed by a totalitarian government for fifty-two years that fears the defenseless Ladies in White, Brothers to the Rescue pilots, laptops, cell phones, and access to the Internet.

    I've already given my thanks to Amaury in the op-ed’s that I’ve authored. But I think that we need to thank Amaury in a more direct away by attending his future concerts and by purchasing the 2011 Grammy-awarded CD/DVD album for best singer/songwriter (Sesiones Intimas). Those in the Miami area have access to his album at any record/book store, while those outside the Cuban Mecca can do the same by going to http://www.amazon or http://www.museodeldisco.com.