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Paco de Lucia playing guitar during the World Music Institute Flamenco Festival New York 2004 concert at the Beacon Theater in New York, New York, on Feb. 27

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The Latin Recording Academy Announces Two Major Events in Spain: A Tribute To Paco de Lucía & Latin GRAMMY Session in Málaga

The Latin Recording Academy and the Regional Government of Andalucía are celebrating Latin music in Spain with two concerts. Latin GRAMMY Celebra: Paco de Lucía on April 13 in Cádiz, and a Latin GRAMMY Session with Pedro Capó in Málaga on May 16.

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In a dynamic fusion of culture and music, the Latin Recording Academy has teamed up with the Regional Government of Andalucía to unveil an exciting calendar of events for 2024, all taking place in the Community of Andalucía.

The cities of Cádiz and Málaga are poised to become the epicenters of musical celebration this year, hosting two headline concerts. These events, supported by the Programa FEDER Andalucía 2021-2027 and the Regional Government, promise to offer unparalleled musical experiences, further cementing Andalucía's influence on the global cultural stage.

The festivities will kick off in Cádiz with "Latin GRAMMY Celebra: Paco de Lucía," a heartfelt tribute to the legendary artist slated for Saturday, April 13, at the Gran Teatro Falla. Paying homage to one of the most influential guitarists in the history of flamenco and music in general, the event will feature Latin GRAMMY winners Antonio Carmona, Juan Habichuela Nieto, Oscar D’León, Pepe de Lucía, Eliades Ochoa, and Berta Rojas, as well as Latin GRAMMY nominees Diego Amador, Rubem Dantas, María José Llergo, Niño Josele, India Martínez, Israel Suárez "Piraña," Maria Toledo, and Rosario La Tremendita.

Additionally, the program will feature special guests including Cañizares, Ané Carrasco, Tino di Geraldo, José Carlos Gómez, Chonchi Heredia, José Heredia "El Gato", David de Jacoba, Jaime Calabuch "Jumitus," Noemí Humanes, Juan Parrilla, José María Bandera, and 2022 Trustees Award winner Abraham Laboriel, who will pay tribute to Lucía’s music and mastery. Latin GRAMMY nominee Miguel Poveda will serve as host for the evening, and will also perform alongside Carlos Grilo, Jesús Guerrero, Makarines and Carlos Merino. The event will be produced by Macarena Moreno and The Latin Recording Academy team led by Ayleen Figueras. The musical production is spearheaded by Latin GRAMMY nominee Carlos Narea, under the musical direction of Latin GRAMMY winner Fernando Illán and Victor Martínez who will also be part of the band.

"Latin GRAMMY Celebra: Paco de Lucía" will benefit the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation and the Paco de Lucía Scholarship. Tickets for “Latin GRAMMY Celebra: Paco de Lucía” are on sale now through the Gran Teatro Falla.

Málaga will follow suit on May 16 with an electrifying Latin GRAMMY Session at La Plaza de Toros, La Malagueta, featuring Latin GRAMMY winner Pedro Capó and Latin GRAMMY nominees Omar Montes and Morat. Their performances will showcase the Academy's commitment to promoting Latin music's diverse genres.

This year's events build on the momentum of previous celebrations in Andalucía, including flamenco and urban music sessions in Granada and Málaga, and the historic 24th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards in Sevilla. The partnership between the Latin Recording Academy and the Regional Government of Andalucía continues to flourish, promising to bring even more unforgettable moments to fans of Latin music worldwide.

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Latin Recording Academy CEO, Manuel Abud and Best New Artist Showcase performers Kany García and Joaquina.

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Kany García And Joaquina Performed At The Latin Recording Academy's 2024 Best New Artist Showcase In San Juan, Puerto Rico: See Photos & More

The first Best New Artist Showcase of the year was held at the Museo de Arte de San Juan on June 13 and was presented by Mastercard.

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The Latin Recording Academy presented its first Best New Artist Showcase of the year, featuring previous Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY winners Joaquina and Kany García, who is also a five-time Latin GRAMMY winner. The event took place at the Museo de Arte de San Juan in Puerto Rico on June 13.

At just 19, Joaquina has quickly become one of Latin pop’s most exciting rising stars and won the Latin GRAMMY for Best New Artist in 2023. Joaquina’s debut EP, Los Mejores Años — for which she received a second Latin GRAMMY nomination for Best Singer-Songwriter Album — demonstrated her special knack for capturing the nuances of teenage angst in a way that was equally catchy and poetic.

Winner of five Latin GRAMMYs — including one in the Best New Artist category in 2008 — Puerto Rican singer/songwriter Kany García has written and performed some of Latin pop's biggest hits, including "Hoy Ya Me Voy," "Alguien," "Duele Menos," and "Para Siempre." She often uses her voice to tell stories of women through her lyrics, and she was honored as a Leading Lady of Entertainment by The Latin Recording Academy in 2022.

"Taking the Best New Artist Showcase series to Puerto Rico for the first time, alongside Joaquina and Kany García, is an exciting opportunity to continue celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Latin GRAMMY Awards," said Manuel Abud, CEO, The Latin Recording Academy. "The support of our Presenting Partner Mastercard, and Official Sponsor Rums of Puerto Rico, enables us to continue delivering on our mission to foster the next generation of Latin music makers."

The Best New Artist Showcase series is the centerpiece of the partnership between Mastercard and The Latin Recording Academy. The concept kicked off in November 2022 during Latin GRAMMY Week, and showcases have since been held in Mexico City, Sao Paulo, and Seville.

"At Mastercard, we understand that music is more than just a sound; it's a passion that unites us all. We are excited to partner with the Latin Recording Academy to continue to connect our cardholders with their passions and create unforgettable experiences for them and their families,” said Pablo Cuarón, Country Manager for Puerto Rico at Mastercard.

The next Best New Artist Showcase will take place later this year. Stay tuned here for more details coming soon.

Rums of Puerto Rico was an official sponsor of the Best New Artist Showcase for the first time and provided rum-inspired cocktails from their portfolio for all attendees.

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The Latin Recording Academy Presented A Latin GRAMMY Session In Málaga, Spain: Here's What To Know

The event, which took place at the Plaza de Toros de La Malagueta, was co-financed by the Programa FEDER Andalucía 2021-2027 and the Regional Government of Andalucía.

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In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Latin GRAMMYs, the Latin Recording Academy presented a Latin GRAMMY Session in Málaga, Spain, on May 16. The evening featured performances by Latin GRAMMY winner Pedro Capó and Latin GRAMMY nominees Omar Montes and Morat, hosted by DJ Pedraza.

Co-financed by the Programa FEDER Andalucía 2021-2027 and the Regional Government of Andalucía, the event took place at the Plaza de Toros de La Malagueta.

As part of The Latin Recording Academy's mission to promote Latin music and build bridges between countries, musical genres, and cultures, Puerto Rican artist Pedro Capó kicked off the evening by performing some of his most beloved songs including "La Fiesta," "Tutu," "Existo," and his hit "Calma," winner of two Latin GRAMMYs, including Song Of The Year. 

Next, Spanish singer Omar Montes, previously nominated in the Best Flamenco Album category, presented a special arrangement of "Pacquiao" — an unreleased song that he will launch soon — and performed a moving and sensitive rendition accompanied onstage by a 12-piece string ensemble. He also sang his latest hit, "La Sevillana," concluding his set with a version of the song "Yo Lo Soñé."

Colombian band Morat closed out the night with a very special performance that got the audience singing along to their greatest hits, including their Latin GRAMMY-nominated songs "No Se Va," "Cómo Te Atreves," "A Dónde Vamos," "En Solo Un Día," and "Acuérdate De Mí," among others.

In attendance were institutional figures such as Francisco de la Torre, Mayor of Málaga, Arturo Bernal, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sports of the Regional Government of Andalucía, and José Francisco Salado Escaño, President of the Regional Government of Málaga. Prominent local figures including Javier Banderas, Chiara, Bárbara Mirjan, Fernando Ramos, Salma and Ana Vera, among others, also joined the celebration.

Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Paco de Lucía Scholarship, awarded by the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation.

The event was produced by Maracena Moreno and the Latin Recording Academy team led by Ayleen Figueras.

This was the second live event that the Latin Recording Academy has hosted in the Community of Andalucía this year, to continue elevating its culture around the world, with a calendar of events that will extend until 2025. This past April, the city of Cádiz ­hosted the Latin GRAMMY Celebra: Paco de Lucía event.

Keep checking GRAMMY.com, LatinGRAMMY.com and RecordingAcademy.com for exciting news from the Latin Recording Academy in honor of the 25th anniversary!

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(L-R): María Elisa Ayerbe (Mentor), Róndine Alcalá (Mentor), Mayna Nervaez (Mentor), Valeria Peñaranda (Mentee), and Stephany Acosta (Mentee).

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The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Launches Third Annual Mentorship Program & Virtual Panel In Partnership With She Is The Music

For the third year in a row, the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation in partnership with She Is The Music will host the annual Leading Ladies of Entertainment Connect TogetHER mentorship program to inspire the next generation of women leaders in music.

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The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation announced the third annual Leading Ladies of Entertainment Connect TogetHER mentorship program, in partnership with She Is The Music, a global nonprofit that works to increase the number of women in music.

The mentors of this year’s collaborative program include: Founder of the music and entertainment public relations firm RondenePR, Róndine Alcalá; recording and mixing engineer and Vice President of N.A.R.S Records/Dream Asylum Studios Marcella Araica; Latin GRAMMY winning sound engineer Maria Elisa Ayerbe; Latin GRAMMY winning artist Goyo; Latin GRAMMY winning and GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter Mon Laferte; Mayna Nevarez, Founder & CEO of Nevarez Communications and Chapter Chair Women in Music Miami; award winning journalist Pamela Silva;GRAMMY-nominated engineer and vocal producer Simone Torres; Latin GRAMMY winning composer Mónica Vélez and SVP Marketing and Promotion at Sony Music Entertainment México Ana Villacorta López. Each mentor will provide one-on-one virtual mentoring sessions with young women who want to follow a career in the music and entertainment industries.

Paying-it-forward and forging opportunities for future generations is a core pillar of the Mentorship Program, and for the third year, the Leading Ladies of Entertainment Connect TogetHER Panel expanded access to these Leading Ladies expertise. Presented by Spotify for Artists, the panel was held on April 15 and moderated by mentees Stephanie Acosta and Valeria Peñaranda, who were in conversation with mentors Róndine Alcalá, Maria Elisa Ayerbe and Mayna Nevarez.

"Each year the mentorship program continues to evolve, we are grateful for the support of our mentors, the Leading Ladies of Entertainment who generously share their time and expertise to foster the next generation of women in Latin music," said Raquel "Rocky" Egusquiza, Executive Director of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. "Together, alongside with She Is The Music, we work towards closing the gender gap within the Latin music industry."

"We are so proud and excited to continue to support and partner with Leading Ladies of Entertainment on our third year of the Connect TogetHER mentorship program," said Alexandra Lioutikoff, Co-Chair of She Is The Music Latin Committee, Group President of Universal Music Publishing for Latin America and U.S. Latin, and Board Member of the Latin Recording Academy. "Each year has given us the incredible opportunity to uplift more women in the industry and provide future generations with the tools to succeed."

The Leading Ladies of Entertainment initiative was created by the Latin Recording Academy in 2016 to honor and recognize professional and socially conscious women within the arts and entertainment fields who have made significant contributions and inspired the next generation of female leaders. 

The Latin Recording Academy Announces Two Major Events in Spain: A Tribute To Paco de Lucía & Latin GRAMMY Session in Málaga

Eliades Ochoa performs on stage during Latin GRAMMY Celebra: Paco de Lucía.
Eliades Ochoa performs on stage during Latin GRAMMY Celebra: Paco de Lucía.

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The Latin Recording Academy Celebrates Paco De Lucía’s Legacy With Star-Studded Cádiz Event

Held in Cádiz, Latin GRAMMY Celebra: Paco de Lucía honored the legendary flamenco guitarist with a vibrant celebration featuring performances from a global roster of notable artists and musicians.

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On April 15, the Latin Recording Academy held the Latin GRAMMY Celebra: Paco de Lucía event in Cádiz, honoring one of the most influential guitarists in the history of flamenco and music in general.

In keeping with the Latin Recording Academy’s mission of promoting Latin music and building bridges between countries, musical genres and cultures, the event brought together an impressive number of artists and creators, who traveled to Cádiz, Spain to celebrate flamenco master Paco de Lucía.  

The celebration, attended by family members of the late Andalucian icon, witnessed unique and memorable moments beginning with the host and Latin GRAMMY nominee Miguel Poveda, who kicked off the evening with Federico García Lorca’s poem "La guitarra" before introducing de Lucía’s anthem "Entre dos aguas" alongside Juan Manuel Cañizares, José María Bandera, Rubem Dantas, Niño Josele and Abraham Laboriel. 

From there, the night became a musical voyage around the world, creating opportunities for exposure to sounds beyond city and country of origin. Artists and friends of de Lucia performed some of the most beloved songs composed by the maestro, whose insatiable curiosity was a constant source of musical creation. That curiosity led him to incorporate the cajón into the flamenco genre, an event that artists Antonio Carmona, Rubem Dantes, Ané Carrasco, Tino Di Geraldo, Israel Suárez "Piraña," and Víctor Martínez chose to commemorate with a special performance during the ceremony.

The Gran Teatro Falla, where the very special musical event was held, also welcomed contributions from artists including Latin GRAMMY winners and nominees Oscar D’León, Eliades Ochoa and Berta Rojas as well as Latin GRAMMY nominees Diego Amador, María José Llergo, India Martínez, Maria Toledo y Rosario La Tremendita.  

The program also featured special guests Carlos Grilo, Jesús Guerrero, Juan Habichuela (nieto), Chonchi Heredia, José Heredia "El Gato," David de Jacoba, Jaime Calabuch "Jumitus," Noemí Humanes, the Makarines, Carlos Merino and Juan Parrilla — all of whom paid homage to de Lucía’s music and mastery. 

The evening’s electrifying final performance included young artists, who performed the song "Solo quiero caminar" arranged by Víctor Martínez, showcasing a striking fusion of musical genres and rhythms as they interpreted de Lucía’s musical legacy for future generations.

Also in attendance were Cádiz Mayor Bruno García and Arturo Bernal, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sports of the Regional Government of Andalucía. Additionally, important local figures such as Esmeralda Rancapino, Claudia la Chispa, Hamza, Maria Espejo, Lucia Serrano, among others attended the celebration.

During the event an exclusive project was launched by the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation in collaboration with the Paco de Lucía Foundation and Berklee College of Music: featuring the recording and video of de Lucías’s "Cositas buenas." The performance included arrangements and instrumentation by artists from the Alalá Foundation and was produced by Salomé Limón, a member of the Latin Academy’s Circle of Producers and Engineers, with the participation of four Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation scholarship recipients.

Proceeds from event ticket sales support the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation and the Paco de Lucía Scholarship. The event was produced by Macarena Moreno and The Latin Recording Academy’s team headed by Ayleen Figueras. Carlos Narea led musical production, under the musical direction of Fernando Illán and Víctor Martínez, who also were part of the band. 

The event was co-financed by the Programa FEDER Andalucía 2021-2027 and the Regional Government of Andalucía, and sponsored by the City of Cádiz and the Enrique Tomás brand of jamón ibérico. 

This was the first live event that The Latin Recording Academy has hosted in the Community of Andalucía in 2024 to continue elevating its culture around the world. On May 16, they will host a new Latin GRAMMY Session at Plaza de Toros (La Malagueta) in Málaga.

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