Five-time Grammy Award-winning salsa and bolero singer Gilberto Santa Rosa spoke today at a press conference in New York City about being recognized with a Lifetime Culture Achievement Award. On Sunday, he will be presented with the 2012 South-South Award co-organized by the United Nations and South-South News, honoring him for his use of music as an instrument to promote culture for development around the world.
Known for his signature moustache, and world-famous romantic salsa songs “Perdoname” and “Conciencia,” the Puerto Rican singer appeared thankful and clean-shaven.
“I’m very honored by this award and I’m very happy, gracias,” said the 50-year-old Santa Rosa.
Robin Dimaggio, music director for South-South News says Santa Rosa was the perfect recipient for the award.
“He’s somebody who could touch every continent in the world,” said Dimaggio about Santa Rosa’s voice.
Santa Rosa calls himself a romantic and was also called an “ambassador for women” at the event.
“I declare myself a feminist,” said the man known for songs celebrating women. “Women have the right to not be treated poorly. They are superior to men in everything.”