The Afro-Peruvian futurists Novalima
have been nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM
for their critically acclaimed release Coba Coba
. Hailed as "a modern sensation" by the New York Daily News
and included in the Huffington Post list of the "Top 10 Global Artists to Check Out in 2009",
this year solidified Novalima's place in the forefront of the international music scene. The album's nomination to receive a Latin Grammy is the latest accolade for one of the most exciting bands on the Latin scene today.
On Coba Coba, Novalima delved deeply into the African roots of Afro-Peruvian music, bringing in influences from its musical cousins reggae, dub, salsa, hip-hop, afrobeat and Cuban son. Taking an organic approach to the production, the album more accurately reflected the live sound of the band than their previous recordings. British producer Toni Economides, a regular collaborator of Nitin Sawhney, Da Lata, Bugz in the Attic and 4Hero among others, added his special touch to the album's mixes. The resulting album is a modern approach to Afro-Peruvian music that has made the genre accessible to a younger and wider public.
The milestone 10th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, set for Nov. 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, will be broadcast live on the Univision Network from 8 – 11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central).