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A Final Ode To Camilo Valencia: The Video 'Made In Miami' Marks A Legacy

A Final Ode To Camilo Valencia: The Video 'Made In Miami' Marks A Legacy

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For your 25th Annual Latin Grammy Award consideration. In loving memory of Camilo Valencia, whose spirit and joy continue to inspire us.
The “Made in Miami” video (see below) not only showcases the rich musical heritage of Miami but also holds a special place in the hearts of Latin music enthusiasts as it is from the 2-time Latin Grammy Award-winning album.

The official video, featuring Milton Salcedo on the piano, is a visual and auditory feast. It opens with the pulsating beats of the city as the camera sweeps through the iconic landscapes that define Miami’s skyline. The scene then shifts to the intimate setting of a recording studio, where the magic of music-making unfolds before our eyes.

As the melody progresses, each instrument joins in harmony, creating a symphony that resonates with the soul of Miami. The trumpet, played by Julio Díaz, hot solo on alto-sax played by Dave Fernandez , the saxophone by Ismael Vergara, trombones played by Jorge Dobal Sr. and Jorge Dobal Jr, keyboards and EWI by Camilo Valencia, add layers of depth and emotion to the track, while the percussion by the family tandem of Richard Bravo and Emmanuel Bravo, and Charlie Santiago injects a heartbeat into the composition.

The video is not just a showcase of musical prowess; it’s a narrative of the city’s spirit. Each frame is meticulously crafted, from the close-ups of the musicians’ focused expressions to the wide shots that capture the ensemble’s synergy. The director, Jorge Soliño, has managed to create a piece that is both a visual delight and a testament to the artists’ dedication. Soliño’s attention to detail and his ability to capture the essence of the city’s rhythmical heartbeat is evident in every frame, making the video a visual masterpiece.

This video is particularly poignant as it represents the last video and audio recording of the late Camilo Valencia, who was not just a producer on the project but also a visionary whose passion and creativity left an indelible mark on the music industry.

Camilo Valencia’s contributions to Made in Miami were instrumental in its success, and his legacy continues to inspire artists and producers alike. The album’s triumph at the Latin Grammy Awards is a testament to Valencia’s talent and dedication to his craft. As viewers watch the video, they are reminded of the musical genius that Valencia brought to every project he touched, making Made in Miami a fitting tribute to his life and work.

The collaborative spirit of Valencia, along with producers “Made in Miami” Richard Bravo and Alex Sino, is palpable throughout the video. Alex Sino, the Latin Grammy Award winner, and the winner of The Best Music Video Awards in International Movie Festivals in Rome, Nice, New York, Los Angeles and Sidney brought his extensive experience and innovative approach to the project. Richard Bravo, a 3-time Latin Grammy winner, and renowned for his percussion mastery, also served as a producer, infusing the album with his rhythmic genius. Together, these three visionaries, the “three musketeers” as musicians often called them, created a work that not only celebrates Miami’s musical heritage but also stands as a testament to the enduring power of collaboration in art. It serves as a reminder of the power of music to bring people together and the lasting impact that a group of dedicated artists can have on the world.

Made in Miami stands as a celebration of Valencia’s contributions to the world of Latin music and a final farewell from an artist who was truly made in Miami.

The video for Made in Miami is indeed on the ballot for consideration at the 2024 Latin Grammy Awards. This recognition is a testament to the exceptional quality of the work and the impact it has had on the world of Latin music.

It’s an exciting time for everyone involved in the project as they await the outcome of this prestigious acknowledgment on September 17th, 2024.

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