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Taiwanese aboriginal music album nominated for Grammy

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan aboriginal music album "On A Gentle Island Breeze" has been nominated for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, a first for local aboriginal music, said Wind Music International at the press conference yesterday.

The awards will be given on Feb. 11. Wind Music International, working in-line with album producer Daniel Ho, who has archived the music of Taiwanese aboriginal tribes, created the album in the world music genre according to the record company.

The goal of this collaboration between music and Taiwanese tribal culture is to reverently present the rich cultural tradition from the East Cost of Taiwan, said Ho.

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.

Ho has been nominated for a Grammy six times in the past. He said he felt quite different regarding the nomination this time, because it was his first time working with Taiwanese aboriginals. He said the opportunity to create a cross-cultural album is a unique and exciting experience.

Wind Music International said that "On A Gentle Island Breeze" is the company's benchmark international project in the past 25 years. The company is also very happy to bring Taiwanese aboriginal music to the international stage.

The producer said that he visited Taiwan three times last year to work with the tribes' singers. He said that even though they did not speak the same language, music became their communication bridge. Ho said he hopes to bring their beautiful voices to the world through the album.

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