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The musician born in Mexico and US-based son of Cuban jazz musician Chico O'Farrill, won the Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album by The Offense of the Drum, with his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.

Arturo O'Farrill said Sunday that the restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States also promote better relations between musicians from both countries. "This measure will facilitate Cuban musicians bring to America and American musicians to bring Cuba". "When musicians start will come and go, we will see a renewed conversation and in different ways to grow as musicians interest," he added.

O'Farrill was on the island recording tracks for her next album Cuba: The conversation continued, including Cuban and American musicians.

"This is going to promote a new era of understanding cultural relationships we have musically," he said on the restoration of diplomatic relations.

The opening between the US and Cuba, he said, occurs while jazz is increasingly being embraced by more musicians worldwide.

Pedrito Martinez, Yosvany Terry, Alfredo Rodriguez and Aymee Nuviola, the other applicants Cubans were without prizes. Rubén Blades, Calle 13, Vicente Fernandez and Carlos Vives won a Grammy.

Sam Smith was the king of the night to take four awards, including three of the most coveted, for best new artist and song and record of the year, while Beck won the best album.

Source: Diario de Cuba

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