Eliades Ochoa, a living legend of Cuban music, praised the 15th edition of the Cubadisco Fair in the eastern city Santiago de Cuba, where he justly started his career over 50 years ago.
Ochoa, who won a Grammy with the legendary Buena Vista Social Club, has been an inspiration for this fair, the most important of this kind in Cuba, and whose Honorary Award was conferred on him.
Ochoa praised Cubadisco´s organization and professionalism, saying that the "son" genre and traditional popular music have been the protagonists, with gala shows that have brought together renowned artists of this city.
The CUBADISCO 2012 International Fair will be dedicated to the guitar as an instrument in various performance aspects, said Ciro Benemelis, president of the Organizing Committee.
CUBADISCO 2012 will be dubbed "The City of a Thousand Strings," referring to a piece by the maestro Leo Brouwer, and activities in the provinces, Benemelis added.
At the closing show of the 15th CUBADISCO, Benemelis thanked the authorities and people of Santiago de Cuba for the success of the event, which was held outside Havana for the first time and honored the genre of son.
Since its foundaing in 1997, CUBADISCO has been the largest annual contest of Cuban music and has become an essential event in making known the most outstanding music, while awarding albums in dozens of categories.