Singer/actor Ruben Blades and the late Antonio Carlos Jobim are among the artists who will be inducted into the International Latin Music Hall Of Fame (ILMHF) tonight (April 4) at the organization’s third annual induction award ceremony and concert. The event, held at the Hostos Center For The Arts And Culture in the New York borough of the Bronx, will be broadcast live on the Internet via LaMusica.com.
Xavier Cugat, Pedro Infante, the Buena Vista Social Club, Andy Montanez, Olga Guillot, Lucho Gatica, Joao Gilberto, Astor Piazolla, and Cal Tjader are among other Latin music artists to be inducted.
Special Recognition Awards will be presented to Rita Moreno, Dr. Cristobal Diaz Ayala, Rudy Mangual, Chata Gutierrez, Chico Alvarez, Vicki Sola, Martin Cohen, and Ernie Ensley. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be awarded to Johnny Albino and legendary singer Graciela. The Beny More Memorial Award will be presented to Joe Cuba.
Graciela will come out retirement to sing at the ceremony, joined by 11-year-old salsa sensation Luisito Figueroa. Also performing will be the International Latin Music Hall of Fame Ensemble, featuring an all-star cast of Latin performers that includes AfroCuban/jazz superstar Paquito D’Rivera, Alfredito Valdes Jr., Albino, Raul Azpiazu, Adela Dalto, Chocolate Armenteros, Johnny Rodriguez, Nelson Gonzalez, Andy Gonzalez, and Jimmy Delgado.