Among His Nominations Are Four Nominations for His Producing Credits and

One Nomination as a Member of Bajofondo

Two-time Oscar Award winning music composer, songwriter and producer Gustavo Santaolalla continues to receive wide acclaim for his work as a producer and for his own band Bajofondo, garnering an impressive five Latin GRAMMY Nominations this morning. Santaolalla’s five nominations qualify him for a tie with Latin rock icon Juanes as the artist with the second most Latin GRAMMY nominations this year, just behind Café Tacvba, who garnered six.

Santaolalla earned his nominations for his credits as a producer for Café Tacvba’s “Volver A Comenzar” and Sino, which received nominations for Record of the Year and Album of the Year, respectively. Santaolalla also garnered nominations in the same two categories as producer for Juanes’ “Me Enamora” and La Vida…Es Un Ratico, respectively. His fifth nod was for Best Short Form Music Video for Bajofando’s “Pa’ Bailar,” as a member of the group. Santaolalla has already previously won 10 Latin GRAMMY Awards.

“Each work I do entails a different creative process and is a labor of love,” said Santaolalla. “I’m excited about these nominations and I’m honored to be recognized by my peers.”

Santaolalla will also be receiving another honor this Friday, when he is awarded the “Gabi Lifetime Achievement Award” for his contributions to world cinema as a Latino filmmaker, at the opening night of the 12th Annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA. Santaolalla, along with director Miguel Kohan wrote the opening night film Café de los Maestros, a feature length documentary about a legendary tango concert at the Colon Theater in Buenos Aires, which shares its name with an album and a book. The album in the same name, won two Latin GRAMMY Awards in 2006. Currently, Santaolalla is working on upcoming film scores and has been touring this summer with his band, Bajofondo.

Santaolalla overcame great obstacles to achieve such success. From a rock star in his native Argentina at 16; to being jailed for his political beliefs; to immigrating to Los Angeles in the late 1970s after 30,000 men disappeared off the streets of his country; to fronting a new wave band in the early 80s; to making history as a pioneer in the fusion of rock and Latin American Folk; to launching his highly successful record label, Surco, where he has produced records for Juanes, Café Tacvba, Bajofondo, Molotov and other premiere acts; to his win of back to back Oscars for Best Original Scores for Brokeback Mountain and Babel, in addition to his Golden Globe award and nominations; two BAFTA awards and nominations; numerous Grammy and Latin Grammy victories and the accolades of many critics societies. Santaolalla also owns a publishing company in Argentina where he recently published a book of obituaries written by the family members of the 30,000 missing men, titled Posia Diaria/ Everyday Poetry.

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