Cuban singer, composer and video producer X Alfonso will receive the best new Latin artist award at Spain's 10th Premios de la Música ceremony on May 5, organizer Academy of Music Arts and Scienc

Cuban singer, composer and video producer X Alfonso will receive the best new Latin artist award at Spain's 10th Premios de la Música ceremony on May 5, organizer Academy of Music Arts and Sciences said today (April 4).

The accolade is one of five honorary awards the Academy announces prior to the televised gala. Another 28 trophies for Spanish-language artists will be handed out on the night. Categories are voted on by 5,000 eligible members of the authors' and publishers' society SGAE and the AIE artists' association, which form the Academy.

X Alfonso splits his time between Barcelona, Spain and his native Cuba, where he is a long-established multi-talented artist. He won three Latin Grammy nominations in 2002 for his album 'X Moré' (Velas Records), a tribute to the legendary Cuban singer Beny Moré who died in 1964. X Alfonso this year won best soundtrack and best song awards at the Spain's movie Goya ceremony (equivalent of the Oscars) for the 2005 Spanish-Cuban movie “Havana Blues,” directed by Spain's Benito Zambrano.

X Alfonso's fourth album, the 2005 “Civilización” (Unicornio), is released in Spain by SGAE's Factoría Autor label and by indie distributors in several countries. The ethnic fusion set swept the 2005 Cubadisco awards in Havana with four nods. X Alfonso is a member of Cuba's legendary band Síntesis, founded by his parents in the 1980s. His music is a blend of house, reggae, hip hop, techno and rock.