By Beth Main
An album of Taiwanese aboriginal music, ‘On A Gentle Island Breeze’, has been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album. The 55th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on February 11 2013.
Taiwan is notoriously proud of its aboriginal music, but such international recognition is a first for the genre, announced Wind Music International at a press conference on Tuesday.
The album was made by Hawaiian music producer Daniel Ho in collaboration with Wind Music International using aboriginal melodies from the East Coast of Taiwan, set to Hawaiian instruments.
Ho, who has been nominated for six Grammys in the past, said that he was thrilled that this cross-cultural album can be brought to the world stage.
China Post reports the sweetest thing:
Chu Wen-ching (朱文清), of the Ministry of Culture’s Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development, sent the album producer pineapples and mangos, symbolizing the passion of Taiwan, as well as to wish the team good luck at the Grammys.
Other nominations for Best World Music Album include albums from Mali, South Africa, and India.