12 February 2007

World Music at the Grammy Awards

The Grammy awards were dished out yesterday, and once you've shoveled through the pile of Grammys picked up by the Dixie Chicks, and the oddity of Bruce Springsteen winning best "traditional folk album," you'll find a few artists of particular interest to SoundRoots readers that aren't getting as much play in the headlines. Among them:
  • Traditional World Music Album: "Blessed," Soweto Gospel Choir.
  • Contemporary World Music Album: "Wonder Wheel," the Klezmatics.
  • Latin Pop Album (tie): "Adentro," Arjona. "Limon Y Sal," Julieta Venegas.
  • Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album: "Amar Es Combatir," Mana.
  • Tropical Latin Album: "Directo Al Corazon," Gilberto Santa Rosa.
  • Mexican/Mexican-American Album: "Historias De Mi Tierra," Pepe Aguilar.
  • Tejano Album: "Sigue El Taconazo," Chente Barrera.
  • Norteno Album: "Historias Que Contar," Los Tigres Del Norte.
  • Banda Album: "Mas Alla Del Sol," Joan Sebastian.
  • Latin Jazz Album: "Simpatico," the Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project.
  • Native American Music Album: "Dance With the Wind," Mary Youngblood.
  • Hawaiian Music Album: "Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar — Live From Maui," Various Artists.
  • Reggae Album: "Love Is My Religion," Ziggy Marley.
Nothing against Soweto Gospel Choir, whom I enjoy, but honestly... should they have beat out the wonderful Gypsy group KAL or Toumani Diabate's Symmetric Orchestra? Nope. Oh wait... those two weren't even nominated! For that matter, how do they figure that Soweto Gospel Choir is "traditional" and Ladysmith Black Mambazo is "contemporary"? Does any of this make sense? Why do I even find myself caring? Arrgh!

Bottom line: Since none of SoundRoots' Best Albums of 2006 appear on the Grammy winners list, it just shows that you should trust us more than the Grammy folks. Not that we're necessarily smarter or anything, we simply aren't distracted by also having to listen to the likes of Christina Aguilera and Madonna. We're focused. Also, we're completely unbeholden to money-flinging corporate interests -- though anyone wishing to fling a little money into our Tip Jar (see top of right column) is most welcome.

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