Camagüey, Cuba, Feb 1st. - Camagueyan Candita Batista received a national award for her artistic labour. She has dedicated more than 75 years to one of her biggest passions: to sing.
Awarded by the Association of Musicians of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC), the prize honours to the eldest person in music in the Island.
Outgoing, amusing, of everlasting smile, and with artistic capacities, Candita was honoured in a Gala where Julio Cesar García, first secretary of the (PCC), and Luis Ynchausti, president of the Peoples'Power in the province were present.
Guido López Gavilán, holder of the Association, presented in the name of Cuban musicians the certificate to Candita. Artist Roberto Estrada presented the singer with a portrait.
Accompanied by her group The Mokekeré, Candita was grateful for homage with magnificent voice of contralto with which she captivated to auditoria in almost 20 nations of America, Europe and Africa. Candita returned definitely to the Island in 1959 after living and working 11 years in European territory.
The Alejo Carpentier Medal, the Order for the National Culture and Hija Ilustre of the province of Camagüey are some of awards of Candita Batista, who is known as the Vedette Negra of Cuba. (AIN/ Translated by Radio Cadena Agramonte).