Latin Percussion artists have often risen to the ultimate industry challenge, the kudos implicit in a Grammy award. Today we salute Giovanni Hidalgo, the esteemed master conguero and long time member of the LP family walked away with a 2009 Grammy for the Global Drum Project. The album, which also featured top-ranking artist-advocates Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, and Sikiru Adepoju, won hands down in the category Best Contemporary World Music. The Global Drum Project is no pick-up band. There's plenty of history—over 15 years. In fact, the award celebrates the long-awaited reunion of the same musicians responsible for another Grammy—earned for Planet Drum in 1991. Then as now, the albums and subsequent tours embody Mickey Hart's vision of percussion as a unifying force. Each musician has built a career devoted to excellence on heritage and modern instruments. Giovanni Hidalgo, to name one, has persisted at creating new benchmarks for conga execution. “I am excited to win this Grammy award,” Giovanni Hidalgo enthused recently. “The band spirit is the same as my own driving force—and that of LP. From way back, the company has persisted in creating durable modern drums that mirror traditional sounds.” Once again, LP passes the test in the artist's critical areas: tonal excellence, design innovation, and road-tough construction. And, once again, LP is proud to back Giovanni Hidalgo, a winner on the world stage.