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    International Latin Music Hall of Fame

    By: Sounni de Fontenay
    Dec 7, 1998

    Inductees and award nominees were recently announced for the first annual International Latin Music Hall of Fame (ILMHF). A non-profit organization, the ILMHF is dedicated to paying tribute to those Latin artist who have helped bring Latin music to the forefront in world-wide music scene. Birdland, the jazz & Latin club in New York City, will be host for the ceremony to be held on April 7, 1999.

    "There are literally hundreds of artists that deserve to be inducted, after all, Latin music has a history of more than 125 years...we have a lot of catching up to do. We will eventually induct all those that deserve to be so honored." says Joe Hernandez, Founder and President of the ILMHF. "In the meantime, Latinos should feel immense pride in the extraordinary worldwide resurgence of our music. Whether you are in Japan or Jerusalem, France or Finland, "salsa" bands are springing up everywhere as people enjoy and catch the "Latin music fever".

    This year's Hall of Fame inductees are:
    * Tito Puente
    * Celia Cruz
    * Eddie Palmieri
    * Johnny Pacheco
    * Joe Cuba
    * Israel "Cachao" Lopez
    * Johnny Ventura,
    * Orquesta Aragon
    * Jose Fajardo
    * Marc Antonio Muniz
    * La Sonora Matancera

    Posthumously, the ILMHF will induct:
    * Miguel Failde
    * Ignacio Pineiro,
    * Rafael Hernandez
    * Ernesto Lecuona
    * Arsenio Rodriguez
    * Chano Pozo
    * Beny More
    * Perez Prado
    * Mario Bauza
    * Machito
    * Tito Rodriguez
    * Miguelito Valdes
    * Enrique Jorrin
    * Agustin Lara

    Beny More Award
    Emilio and Gloria Estefan

    Lifetime Achievement Award
    Rogelio Martinez

    Special Recognition Award
    Ralph Mercado, Jerry Masucci, Jerry Masucci, Marco Rizo

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