HAVANA, Cuba, Apr 4 (acn) The Municipal Council of New York honored Cuba’s Ignacio Piñeiro National Septet on the occasion of the 86th anniversary of its founding, with the handing over of a Proclamation “For its extraordinary contribution to world music,” in which it’s declared: “We, the members of the Council honor with gratitude the notable group of Cuban Son rhythm.”
The emotional moment took place at the theater of the city’s Arts Center. During the historic concert, as part of his most recent tour of the United States, the group invited famous Dominican son rhythm performer Cuco Valoy to share the stage, the Cubadebate Web site reported on Thursday.
At the end of the two-hour concert, the authorities of the New York City Council along with representatives of the City College Arts Center and the Caribbean Cultural Center, Institute of the African Diaspora, handed over the high award.
The Aaron Davis Hall of the Cultural Center of the NY College was packed with Cuban music lovers.
Described by music experts as sensational and warm, Gabe Romero, prestigious critic and promoter of Caribbean music, expressed: “It’s simply amazing! The New York Times was right when it described the group as “Champions of Cuban Son Rhythm” and “Universal Treasure of Cuban Music.”