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Arturo O’Farrill & Chucho Valdes ‘Familia’ Out Now!

Arturo O’Farrill & Chucho Valdes ‘Familia’ Out Now!

Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico is out now!

On this album, jazz greats Arturo O’Farrill and Chucho Valdés craft a brilliant tribute not only to their fathers but also to the next generation, who will carry forward their legacy. The album brings together two influential families in Afro-Cuban music in a celebration of their late patriarchs: pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader Bebo Valdés and composer, arranger and bandleader Chico O´Farrill. It’s a multi-generational tribute led by O’Farrill and Valdés — Bebo and Chico’s sons, and major figures in their own right — which also features the next generation, including pianist Leyanis Valdés, drummer Jessie Valdés, trumpeter Adam O’Farrill and drummer Zack O’Farrill.

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5 GRAMMY Nominations for Motema artists

5 GRAMMY Nominations for Motema artists

We are thrilled to announce that 3 Motema artists have been nominated in a total of 5 GRAMMY categories: Karrin Allyson‘s Many A New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein for Best Jazz Vocal Album; Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra‘s Cuba: The Conversation Continues for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album and Best Instrumental Composition (The Afro Latin Jazz Suite); and Joey Alexander‘s My Favorite Things for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo (“Giant Steps”), becoming the youngest artist to be nominated for a GRAMMY in a jazz category!

Click on their names (in red) above to find out more about these amazing GRAMMY nominated albums!



NBC News Latino Discusses Cuba/U.S. “Conversations” With Arturo O’Farrill

NBC News Latino Discusses Cuba/U.S. “Conversations” With Arturo O’Farrill

David Garten from NBC News Latino sat down with Arturo O’Farrill to discuss his newest release and the role of music in the relationship between nations (in this case, Cuba and the U.S.). Garden praises Cuba: The Conversation Continues as “a combination of music and current events” as it “brings together musicians from the U.S. and Cuba to create an elegant array of music…”

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‘Cuba: The Conversation Continues’ on NPR Alt Latino & Song Travels

‘Cuba: The Conversation Continues’ on NPR Alt Latino & Song Travels

Arturo O’Farrill’s new release, Cuba: The Conversation Continues is receiving well-deserved attention from NPR.  Arturo O’Farrill joined NPR Alt Latino’s Felix Contreras to talk about how the normalization of relations between the US and Cuba affected him on a personal level, how the cultural exchange between the two countries never stopped despite strained political relations, as well as some track by track commentary on his album Cuba: The Conversation Continues. Additionally, NPR Song Travels featured live performances by O’Farrill and an interview with Michael Feinstein. Click here for the Alt Latino show and take a listen to the Song Travels feature here!


Arturo O’Farrill in New York Times

Arturo O’Farrill in New York Times

The New York Times featured Arturo O’Farrill & The Latin Jazz Orchestra’s latest release Cuba: The Conversation Continues in an article highlighting the close connection between music and politics. Considering the recently restored relations between the U.S. and Cuba, Nate Chinen calls O’Farrill’s release “an album worthy of its moment, an ambitious statement that honors deeply held musical traditions while pushing forward.”

Check out the article here!