Venezuelan cuatro artist Miguel Siso’s album Identidad has been nominated for Best Instrumental Album in this year’s Latin Grammy Awards. According to Guataca, a record label in Venezuela, this is the first time that someone from their home country has been nominated for this award.
Siso first performed Identidad earlier this year in Caracas. The 11 tracks on the album bring together generations of artists and specialists. Featured musicians include specialists Nené Quintero and Yonathan Gavidia on the djembé and talented artists José Núñez and Freddy Adrián.
Siso also won the third La Siembra del Cuatro Festival contest. Established in 2004 by Cheo Hurtado, the competition has recognized talented musicians such as Carlos Capacho in the past.
Miguel won’t be the only one attending the Las Vegas show as a nominated Venezuelan musician. Claudio Petro’s album Compositores has been nominated for Best New Artist and Best Songwriter.
Additionally, María Riva’s album Motivo was nominated for Best Traditional Tropical Album. She recently performed a show in Houston and Orlando at Guataca Nights. Finally, past nominee Linda Briceño is in the running for Best Producer of the Year.
This year’s Latin Grammy Awards should be on your watch list.