The nominations for the 2008 Latin Grammy Awards have been made known already, featuring that of Cuban Pablo Milanés, with his disc "Regalo" (2007), presented during a memorable concert this summer at Havana's Mella Theater.
The record competes in the Best Singer-songwriter Album category, along with works by excellent friends and colleagues of Pablo such as Brazilians DJavan with his CD "Matizes," and Gilberto Gil with "Banda Larga Cordel," as well as Argentinean Fito Páez with "Rodolfo," and Tommy Torres with "Tarde o temprano."
"Regalo" includes ten songs by Pablo, with titles such as "Soñando," "La libertad," "El largo camino de Santiago," and "Diario de Mauricio," which served as the central theme of the film "Pages of Mauricio's Diary."
According to Pablo, Regalo "is news, a story told by a friend. There are always stories with which you can make poetry, but it is necessary to have certain talent and sensitivity to make good things. There are themes for everything in the disc. My songs are inspired on all human beings, on everyday life."
Mexico's rock band Café Tacuba, with six nominations, Colombian Juanes, with five, and Argentinean composer Gustavo Santaolalla, also with five, are already standing among the favorites at this nine edition of the Latin Grammy Awards ceremony, to take place on November 13 in Houston, Texas.