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The albums Carioca, from the Brazilian Chico Buarque de Hollanda; Techarí, by the Spanish group Ojos de Brujo and Navega by Mayra Andrade from Cabo Verde as well as the collection Grabaciones inéditas (Unpublished recordings) from the Teatro de la Zarzuela, sponsored by the Autor Foundation.

In the case of Chico, Carioca (Biscoito Fino record label) resumes the identity of the singer and composer with the famous city. There are nine unpublished songs and two songs composed as movie soundtracks for Cacá Diegues and Joao Falcao, and they make up an album where samba and bossa nova that breathe new airs.

Techarí, the third album from the Spanish band, qualifies as a surprising project of integration of different languages that are frequently alienated by the commercial dictatorship of pop/rock. In the production, there are seen the imprints of jazz and hip hop, through the Cuban touch of our piano player Roberto Julio Carcassés, oriental touches filtered through London by the Asian Dub Foundation, the African rap by Daara J from Senegal, the flamenco authenticity by the mythic Pepe Habichuela, the popular folk song renewed by Martirio and the guitar touch by Kiko Veneno.

With the prize for Mayra Andrade, Cubadisco answers the African tribute of this edition. The artist was born in Havana in 1985, when her parents were working in our country and she grew up between Angola, Senegal and Germany. Navega (RCA Víctor) is an eloquent example of a vocal talent that has placed Cabo Verde, birth country of the famous Cesaria Evora, in the music map.

As a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Teatro de la Zarzuela from Madrid, the Autor Foundation published a book and an album with four CDs, with the unpublished pieces belonging to the sound archives from the institution.

Twenty four zarzuelas songs come back to life through these valuable sound compilation, from the Romanza by Curro Vargas, sang by Antonio Ordóñez, to the toast and the duet of Marina, by Alfredo Kraus and Vicente Sardinero, including pages from Doña Francisquita (María Bayo and José Bros), from El barberillo de Lavapiés (Beatriz Lanza, Carmen González, Marco Moncloa and Julio Morales), La Africana (Josefina Meneses and Pedro Lavirgen) and La tempranica (Teresa Berganza).

About the opera, there are included the registers from Carmen (Plácido Domingo, Teresa Berganza, María Bayo and Luis Lima), La favorite (Alfredo Graus), La forza del destino (Montserrat Caballé), El barbero de Sevilla (Manuel Lanza and Carlos Chausson), Tosca (José Carreras) and Lucia de Lammermoor (José Sempere).

These awards will be handed in next May 17, at the Karl Marx Theater, during the gala of the 2008 Cubadisco Awards.


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