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Quincy Jones honoured

October 1, 2013


Oct. 01--His grandmother was a freed slave and his father a carpenter. His mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia and had to be institutionalised.

But Quincy Jones overcame all family hardships to become America's legendary producer, composer, musician, and music mogul whose track record includes collaborating with other legends like Michael Jackson.

The 80-year-old maestro's lifelong contribution to music will be acknowledged once again when he receives the Abu Dhabi Festival Award 2014 during the 11th edition of the event next year,

Ahead of the award, which is conferred in association with Swiss watch and jewellery maker Chopard, Jones, who is currently in the UAE, was presented with a certificate of appreciation Saturday.

The tribute comes for his commitment to music for six decades as well as his support of the Arab music sector through the Global Gumbo Group and for arts education across the world.

Shaikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, and president and patron of the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, said the Abu Dhabi Festival Award represents the true face of Abu Dhabi as a global destination for culture and a creative hub. "Abu Dhabi is a city that celebrates the achievements of major artists and honours their success. This award also reflects the great appreciation we have for the influential role in the field of arts and culture that those eligible have played," he said.

Jones, who is presented the Dubai Music Week with the Global Gumbo Group, said he was honoured: "I am extremely proud that my work in the region is helping to hone and nurture the music and creative development of such a culturally rich and talented nation.

"I am honoured to have received a certificate of appreciation, and very much look forward to returning to the region to accept my award and enjoy the Festival in 2014."

Hoda I. Al Khamis-Kanoo, founder and artistic director of the Abu Dhabi Festival, called Quincy Jones one of the most important people in the history of music.

"Over the course of six decades, he has changed the way we create, listen and appreciate music throughout the world," Khamis-Kanoo said. "His commitment to the development of the Arab music industry and to nurturing arts education across the region will undoubtedly benefit generations."

Launched in 2004, the Abu Dhabi Festival, the UAE's leading celebration of arts and culture, has become the region's largest cultural event.

It now has working partnerships with some of the world's most influential cultural institutions including the Edinburgh International Festival, the Royal Opera House, Manchester International Festival and Carnegie Hall.


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