Unlike any other music industry contest or competition, The Independent Music Awards delivers real career opportunities for Indie artists, labels and releases.You can read all about the awards here and listen to winning songs. The ones we're most interested in include our favorite Peruvian roots-fusion group (and three groups previously unknown to SoundRoots):
Co-sponsored by Border's Books & Music, winners of this year's program are promoted to more than 9 million music fans and industry professionals via print, radio and online promotions.The IMAs recognizes excellence in Music, Music Promotion, Packaging and Merch Design. The program's year-long marketing campaigns, partnerships and distribution alliances put IMA Winners and Finalists in front of millions of music fans and industry decision makers around the world.
Best World Fusion Album: Novalima - Afro ("Machete")
Best World Traditional Album: The McDades - Bloom ("The Whistle Blower")
Best World Fusion Song: Seed and Root - "Paraiso"
Best World Traditional Song: Inca Son - "Viaje A La Montana"
Oh, and just for fun, here are a couple videos from our Nigerian buddy Lagbaja.
Both of those songs -- "Skentele/Skontolo" and "Never Far Away" -- are from Lagbaja's latest album, Africano.... the mother of groove. Lagbaja's website has complete lyrics to the album's songs, but unfortunately no translations. After a brief flirtation with US distribution of his compilation album WeBeforeMe, (which you can still find online, although the website for label IndigeDisc is essentially defunct, having not been updated in two years), most of Lagbaja's music is once again difficult to find and apparently unavailable at major online outlets. Which is unfortunate, given that he's a great performer and deserves to be more widely appreciated.