By Andy Doerschuk Published October 8, 2009(Left) Bobby Sanabria and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Though Bobby Sanabria is primarily known as an award-winning drummer, percussionist, composer and educator, he is now also active in Washington, D.C., as a representative of Afro-Cuban music and Hispanic cultural heritage. The multiple Grammy nominee and his band, Quarteto Aché, provided the entertainment on September 15 at the National Hispanic Foundation Tor The Arts (NHFA) Annual Gala, held at the prestigious Corcoran Gallery of Art. The evening raised money for scholarships for emerging Latinos interested in careers in the arts and entertainment.
The event’s guest list included Hollywood stars like NHFA co-founders Jimmy Smits and Esai Morales, along with Washington power players like Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Representatives Xavier Becerra, Loretta Sanchez, and Charlie A. Gonzalez, and FCC chairman Julius Genachowski. But all eyes were on the Supreme Court’s newest member, Sonia Sotomayor — the court’s first Hispanic justice and only its third female. Recognizing the accomplishments of this remarkable woman, Bobby Sanabria and Quarteto Aché played a rousing rendition of “The Sotomayor Mambo” — on which the justice herself stepped out on the dance floor with Esai Morales.