The Cuban prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso, who died at the age of 98 in 2019, will be recognized in a phonogram of the Latin Institute of Music (ILM) on the occasion of the 101st anniversary of the organization, according to the official press on Monday.
The ILM project, based in Mexico, which will be called “Alicia”, will be produced in collaboration with the state-owned Empresa de Recordaciones y Ediciones Musicales (Egrem).
“It really was an arduous task, because there was a lot of material and above all to achieve, from sound design and mastering,” Daniel Martín, president of the ILM, told the Cuban News Agency (ACN).
According to ACN, the album will be presented soon, although a date has not been specified.
“ Alicia” will be a collection of 12 songs in which other icons such as Chucho Valdés, Beatriz Márquez, and intellectuals such as Miguel Barnet and Eliseo Diego will appear.
Alonso, considered a symbol of Cuban culture and one of the great figures of the universal dance, left after his death in October 2019 the legacy of a virtuous artistic career, marked by his interpretive talent combined with his choreographic and pedagogical contributions.
In March 2019, the ILM recognized the dancer and choreographer as “Estrella del Siglo” , a title that has also been awarded to musical legends of the 20th century such as Mexicans José Alfredo Jiménez, Pedro Infante, Agustín Lara and Javier Solís, the Argentine Libertad Lamarque and Cubans Benny Moré and Celia Cruz.