Welcome to the Guide to the Week of Music, a round-up of music news, media and releases from the wide musical world. This week, we tip our cap to Latin GRAMMY winners and GRAMMY award nominees alike, dive into the fascinating new jazz suite from Soweto Kinch, and explore new audio and audio-visual work from around the globe.
GRAMMY awards recognition for numerous Latin and North American artists
The GRAMMY awards announced their 2020 nominees last week, shortly prior to the announcement of the winners at the 20th annual Latin GRAMMY awards. On North American soil, R&B vocalist, writer and multi-instrumentalist PJ Morton became the first artist in history to be nominated in the ‘Best R&B album’ category for three consecutive years — an incredible achievement which caps off many hard years of work for the New Orleans-born musician.
Elsewhere, in the Latin GRAMMYs, a combination of Brazilian and Cuban legends, and Spanish contemporary artist Rosalía swept up the awards. Rosalía’s outstanding album El Mal Querer won in no fewer than four categories, while Cuban pianist and bandleader Chucho Valdés won ‘best latin jazz/jazz album’ for Jazz Batá 2, and Gilberto Gil won best ‘best Musica Popular Brasileira album’ for his LP, Ok Ok Ok. Another great of Brazilian music, Hermeto Pascoal, was the recipient of ‘best Portugese language roots album’ for Hermeto Pascoal E Sua Visão Original Do Forró – his dedication to the forró genre.