The two artists speak about the power of music as a great equalizer.
Carlos Vives was honored with the Hall of Fame award at the Billboard Latin Music Awards on Wednesday (Oct. 21) in recognition of breaking musical boundaries and his social work with music education.
In Gustavo Dudamel, the dynamic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vives found a kindred spirit. Dudamel, a product of Venezuela’s “El Sistema,” where young children of all social classes are given the opportunity to learn an instrument and play in symphony orchestras, has caused a revolution of his own by bringing together classical music with jazz, rock and even rap.
“Dudamel has popularized something that’s very sophisticated, and I’ve [made sophisticated] something very popular,” says Vives during his Billboard conversation with Dudamel, titled "From Local Inspiration to International Stage."