Spain's internationally renowned flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia will be invested doctor honoris causa of music May 8 by the Berklee School of Music in Boston, U.S.A.

The event will take place at the University of Boston's Agganis Arena, where the preceding evening (May 7) several musicians from Spain and four other countries will perform a concert of Paco de Lucia's music at the 7,000-capacity venue.

De Lucia, who was proposed for the honor by Eduardo 'Teddy' Bautista, Berklee School of Music board of trustees member and president of the Spanish collecting society SGAE, is considered a universal symbol of flamenco music. He is the first Spanish musician to receive the award, following such artists as Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Aretha Franklin, David Bowie, Quincy Jones and Ruben Blades.

SGAE has spent 1 million euros ($1.3 million) on scholarships for 10 SGAE members to study at Berklee. De Paco joined SGAE in 1964 at the age of 16, when his first solo album appeared. He has 235 musical works registered at the SGAE.

Paco de Lucia recorded several albums between 1969-1979 with legendary flamenco singer, Camaron de La Isla, who died of cancer in 1992 aged 41.