Cuban American jazz great Paquito D’Rivera wins two Latin Grammys, dedicates them to Cuba and Venezuela

Congratulations to Paquito D’Rivera on winning two more Grammys on Thursday night at the 2023 Latin Grammys, bringing his total of awards to 17. D’Rivera dedicated his award to the people suffering under the oppression of the socialist dictatorships in Cuba and Venezuela, saying they will soon be free again.

Via Martí Noticias (my tanslation):

Paquito D’Rivera wins two Latin Grammys; dedicates awards to Cuba and Venezuela

Cuban musicians Paquito D’Rivera, Chucho Valdés, Omara Portuondo, Arturo Sandoval, and Yadam González triumphed at the 2023 Latin Grammy Awards, held this Thursday in the Spanish city of Seville.

Paquito D’Rivera won the Latin Grammy in two categories: Best Contemporary Classical Composition for the album “Concerto Venezolano” and Best Latin Jazz Album for “I Missed You Too!”, a collaboration with Chucho Valdés and The Reunion Sextet.

“I want to dedicate this tremendous award to two peoples whom I esteem and who are equally oppressed: Cuba and Venezuela, which will soon be free,” said D’Rivera, a staunch advocate for democracy in Cuba.

Cuban composer Yadam González, who previously won two Latin Grammys for his collaboration on “Patria y Vida,” this time took home the award for Best Tropical Song with “Si tú me quieres,” co-written with Fonseca and Yoel Henríquez.

Omara Portuondo, the diva of the Buena Vista Social Club, won in the category of Best Traditional Tropical Album with her record “Vida,” produced by Guatemalan artist Gaby Moreno.

The production “Made In Miami” by the late Cuban-American artist Camilo Valencia, alongside Venezuelan Richard Bravo and with the collaboration of Arturo Sandoval, won the 2023 Latin Grammy for Best Instrumental Album.

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