THE 36TH ANNUAL HISPANIC HERITAGE AWARDS, Premieres this Friday, September…
“Latin Rock’s most transcendent band…Café Tacvba boldly reinvents themselves with each album, and has continually defined the cutting edge of Latin Alternative Music” – Rolling Stone
With a career spanning over 34 years, Café Tacvba will join Best New Artist Grammy Nominee Omar Apollo and Siete Family Foods, as the first three honorees announced for the 36th Hispanic Heritage Awards’ September 29th broadcast on PBS
WASHINGTON, DC – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) announced today that Mexico’s critically-acclaimed, musical innovators, Café Tacvba will receive the 2023 Hispanic Heritage Arts Award and perform during the 36th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on September 7th, which will be broadcast on PBS and stream on PBS.org on September 29th.
“Café Tacvba has been inspiring audiences with their brilliant, eclectic sound for decades since they started in Mexico,” said Antonio Tijerino, HHF President and CEO. “We are thrilled to honor this remarkable group of musical visionaries with our Arts Award and we look forward to celebrating Café Tacvba and share our collective cultural pride and achievement at the Kennedy Center and on PBS.”
Cafe Tacvba is widely recognized as Mexico’s leading alternative rock band and indeed one of the most influential alternative groups to come out of Latin America, spearheading a non-conformist musical movement with their blending of elements such as rock, indigenous folk, electronic and punk music. With a career spanning over 34 years, they continue to expand an already massive audience of devoted fans throughout the Americas, Europe and beyond.
No Cafe Tacvba album is like another. Each studio album is guided by an overriding artistic vision, from the styles of songs and instrumentation used, the collaborators involved, and the design of the packaging (usually done by themselves). Having originated as a live act with a cult following, being compelling as a live band is in their DNA, and they refine their musical ideas through multiple performances before ever recording.
Hence, each album feels like a reinvention: whether it’s the seminal Re (1994) with its wide range and dramatic style-switching (earning it comparisons with the Beatles’ White Album), the reimagined cover songs of Latin music classics in Avalanche de Éxitos (1996), the experimental electronica of the two-disc Revés/YoSoy (1999), the lush post-punk rock sounds found on Cuatro Caminos (2003, with drummers Victor Indrizzo and Joey Waronker from Beck), Si No’s (2007) classic rock vibe, or the lyrically introspective El objeto antes llamado disco (2012).
For 2017’s JeiBeibi, where chords and mixes come from more experimental sounds of each the members, Rolling Stone declared: “the ever-morphing group continues to evolve, touching on everything from reggae and rock balladry to dubstep and Beach Boys–style harmonies.” This was followed by 2019’s Un Segundo MTV Unplugged – a tribute to the songs most emblematic in the band’s 30 year career, with musical arrangements and the participation of artists such as David Byrne and Gustavo Santaolalla.
Café Tacvba awards include: GRAMMY “Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album” (Cuatro Caminos), Latin GRAMMY “Best Rock Album” (Revés/YoSoy), Latin GRAMMY “Best Alternative Album” (Cuatro Caminos), Latin GRAMMY “Best Rock Song” (twice, for Eres and Esta Vez), Latin GRAMMY “Best Alternative Song” (Volver a Comenzar), Latin GRAMMY “Best Long Music Video” (for Un Viaje), Latin GRAMMY “Best Alternative Album”, “MTV Legend” award. As well as multiple MTV Viewer’s Choice and Premios Lo Nuestro awards. In 2015, they were recognized with the “Icon” La Musa award of the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The historic Hispanic Heritage Awards, which were created by the White House to commemorate the establishment of Hispanic Heritage Month in America, is among the highest honors by Latinos for Latinos and supported by 40 national Hispanic-serving institutions. Watch the playlist for last year’s awards HERE & Check out HHF past honorees.
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