Veteran Cuban troubadour Silvio Rodríguez will receive a Latin music lifetime achievement award at Spain's 10th Premios de la Música ceremony on May 5.

Veteran Cuban troubadour Silvio Rodríguez will receive a Latin music lifetime achievement award at Spain's 10th Premios de la Música ceremony on May 5.

It is one of five honorary awards organizer Academy of Music Arts & Sciences unveils prior to the televised gala - another 28 for Spanish artists will be named on the night, voted by 5,000 eligible members of authors and publishers society SGAE and the AIE artists association which form the Academy.

Rodríguez and compatriot Pablo Milanés are the commanders-in-chief of Cuba's "New Trova singer-songwriter tradition that emerged more than a decade after Fidel Castro's 1959 Revolution and which combined music, poetry and revolution.

Rodríguez has recorded hundreds of his songs since his 1975 debut album, "Días Y Flores" (Egrem), and has since established his own music companies in Cuba under the approving eye of the culture ministry -- music holding Producciones Abdalá (founded 1998); which includes the state-of-the-art Abdalá studio; label Unicornio which releases several Cuban artists; and publisher Atril.

For nearly 40 years the music of Rodríguez, who turns 60 in November, has been a symbol of social and political commitment across the Latin music world. The artist will receive the award at the Madrid ceremony, alongside compatriot artist X Alfonso who will receive best new Latin artist award.

Rodriguez will sing at the event, his first Madrid performance since he played before 50,000 people at the Spanish Communist Party's annual three-day September fiesta in 2004.

The lifetime Latin award has been given on four previous occasions -- to Mexico's "ranchera" singer Chavela Vargas (1999), to Mexican "bolero" artist Armando Manzanero (2000), to Cuban "son" y "bolero" singer César Portillo de la Luz (2004), and last year to the late Spanish singer Rocío Durcal, who died in Madrid on March 25 of cancer.