Phantom of the Opera lead Gerónimo Rauch and West Ham footballer Enner Valencia to collect awards.
Celebrating under one roof the best of Britain’s diverse and dynamic Latin cultures from Flamenco and Samba to Salsa and Latin funk in a spectacular Gala Ceremony and Live Concert After Party headed up by Fellowship Award winner Jorge Spiteri & his Latin Funk Allstars.
One of 70’s West London’s more flamboyant musicians, Jorge Spiteri is considered the pioneer of Latin Music in the UK. Signed to major labels and recording with Traffic’s Chris Wood and Tyrone Downie from Bob Marley & The Wailers, Spiteri’s unique Latin rock fusion and two UK albums influenced a generation of pop bands in Latin America. Spiteri returns to the very venue where he broke his unique Latin Rock fusion, to perform with his new Latin All Stars featuring Karl Vanden Boscche (Blur), Tony Remy (Annie Lennox), Steve Lewinson (Amy Winehouse), Pete Lewinson (George Michael), Urban Soul Orchestra (Take That) and Roberto Pla.
After his success at last year’s World Cup, West Ham United forward Enner Valencia has been a high impact player in the first part of this season, contributing to the fantastic run that took the East London team to fourth place in the Premier League. Celebrating with Valencia will be several London footballers an ex-footballers including Juan Cuadrado, Hugo Rodallega, Ossie Ardiles, Ricky Villa and Gaizka Mendietta.
Hosted for third consecutive year by Spain’s most popular TV presenter Boris Izaguirre and Venezuelan comedian George Harris, plus acclaimed dancer Yanet Fuentes, the Air Europa LUKAS Gala Ceremony attracts an A list cast of Award presenters and winners including Bianca Jagger, Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera, Royal Baller superstar Carlos Acosta as well as designer Vivienne Westwood and Pink Floyd’s Dave Gilmour.
The Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Fania Records. Often known as ‘The Motown of Latin music’, the iconic New York record label made superstars out of Latino musicians such as Celia Cruz and Tito Puente and took Latin music to the masses in the 1970s. The music still dominates salsa cluabs all over the world and Fania CEO Michael Rucker will be flying in to receive the award.
Winners to be announced on the evening of the LUKAS Gala Ceremony include Visual Artist Of 2015 and Personality and Entrepreneur of 2015, with BBC’s The Apprentice Felipe Baquero a finalist.
The event is organised by www.Latinolife.co.uk, the N°1 magazine for Latin & Spanish lifestyle in the UK.News from Organisation Edited by Meritxell Vallve