Gente De Zona to be Honored with ASCAP Golden Note Award; Visitante to Receive ASCAP Vanguard Award at 26th Annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards in New York City on March 6, 2018
February 15, 2018
NEW YORK, Feb. 15, 2018: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announced today that it will celebrate the 26th annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards on Tuesday, March 6 in New York City.
Alexander Delgado and Randy Malcom from acclaimed urban music duo Gente de Zona will be honored with the ASCAP Golden Note Award. The award is presented to songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones.
ASCAP will also present its prestigious ASCAP Vanguard Award to the eclectic and multi award-winning songwriter, producer and music virtuoso, Eduardo Cabra aka Visitante of Calle 13 and Trending Tropics in recognition of his impact on new and developing musical genres that have shaped the future of music.
The evening, hosted by renowned radio personality Alex Sensation, will feature performances by some of Latin music's hottest stars and awards will be presented to the Songwriter of the Year, Singer/Songwriter of the Year, Publisher of the Year, Independent Publisher of the Year and the creators of the Latin Song of the Year. Top Latin songwriters and composers will also be recognized in the Pop, Tropical, Regional Mexican, Urban and Television categories.
ASCAP President Paul Williams commented: “For over 17 years, Gente De Zona have revolutionized the Latin music soundscape from within, developing the Cubatón sound as a vibrant reflection of the roots of their country. Through an unflinching commitment to both preservation and evolution, Gente De Zona are now being joyously heralded across the globe. It is with great pleasure that we award Gente De Zona with the ASCAP Golden Note Award.”
He continued: “Throughout his passionate work with Calle 13 and Trending Tropics, Visitante has developed a unique and politically powerful voice that has reverberated within the Latin community and far beyond. We are honored to present him with the ASCAP Vanguard Award, which recognizes the courageous spirit behind his music and the relentless momentum with which it pulls us all forward.”
Gente De Zona
As the first Cuba-based musical act to ever top Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, Gente De Zona have been at the forefront of a musical revolution. The dynamic duo made up of talented musicians Alexander Delgado and Randy Malcom pioneered the “Cubatón” movement that is now one of the dominating forces in the global musical landscape, fusing traditional Cuban beats and genres with reggaetón and Caribbean beats.
Delgado and Malcom first came to international attention thanks to their 2014 hit “Bailando” alongside Enrique Iglesias and Descemer Bueno; the track not only topped Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart but became the longest-running #1 in the chart’s history. After “Bailando” came “La Gozadera,” featuring their friend and mentor Marc Anthony. That single also topped Billboard’s Latin Airplay, Latin Tropical and Latin Rhythm charts. Since then, Gente de Zona, now signed to Sony Music, have been non-stop. Three of Gente de Zona’s singles reached the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart and their first U.S.-release album, Visualízate, debuted at #1 on the Top Latin Albums chart in 2016.
The duo has won numerous Premios Juventud and Premios Tu Mundo Awards and their album Visualízate won a Latin American Music Award for Best Tropical Album and a Latin Grammy for Best Tropical Fusion Album. Delgado and Malcom continue to make musical history under the exclusive representation of Marc Anthony’s entertainment company, Magnus Media, and their long-time manager, Guillermo Morejón. They just finished their first-ever U.S. tour this fall, selling out shows throughout Latin America and Europe. Their newest single, “Si No Vuelves” was released in April 2017 and currently has over 100 million views on YouTube.
Eduardo José Cabra Martínez, also known by his artistic name "VISITANTE", is a Puerto Rican multi-instrumentalist, musical director, composer, arranger and producer, with the most nominations and awards in the history of the Latin Grammy, including the most recent award for Producer of the Year at the 18th annual Latin Grammy Awards.
Cabra was born in Santurce in the heart of a family linked to the arts. From a young age, he knew that his future would be tied to music in some way or another. After experimenting for several years as a musician in different local bands, he jumped to world fame with the group Calle 13, which he founded with his brother René (RESIDENTE) and became their musical director, arranger and producer.
With the band, Cabra collaborated with artists such as Gustavo Dudamel, Café Tacvba, Shakira, Tom Morello, Silvio Rodríguez and Rubén Blades, among others. Calle 13 became a huge success, and under the musical direction of Eduardo, one of the most relevant groups in Latin America and the world, receiving the record number of 21 Latin Grammy Awards, and becoming the artist or group with the most awards in a ceremony of that kind. In addition, they were also awarded three Grammy Awards.
After the group’s hiatus in 2015, Cabra dedicated himself to music production, printing a global stamp on the music he creates and bringing musical influences from all over the world without losing the essence of the artist he collaborates with. Cabra has produced for Vicente García, Shakira, La Vida Boheme, Monsieur Periné, Chambao, Gustavo Cordera and Jorge Drexler, among others.
Cabra is currently developing La Casa del Sombrero, a cultural exchange project that will serve as a production house for various artists and bands from different parts of the world, while serving as a cultural center and exchange of global ideas. In March 2018, VISITANTE will debut a musical production with his new band Trending Tropics.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP's mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world's best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business - from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With more than 690,000 members representing more than 11.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascap.com, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.
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