04 May 2011

Songlines Music Awards 2011

With the passing of other global music awards (and Grammy categories), the Songlines Music Awards may be poised to become the top achievement of global performers. That, along with simply being able to make a living in today's tough music industry.

The winners of the 2011 awards have just been announced, and they are (make your own drum roll noise here):

BEST ARTIST: Femi Kuti
For the album Africa for Africa

BEST GROUP: Bellowhead
For the album Hedonism

CROSS-CULTURAL COLLABORATION: AfroCubism
For the album AfroCubism

NEWCOMER AWARD: Raghu Dixit
For the album Raghu Dixit

I won't argue with their choices. Well, I won't argue much. I think their UK-centricism is showing a bit in the choice of Bellowhead over fellow nominee Terrakota, whose album World Massala has the edge in my opinion.

In case you're wondering who else the winners beat out, here's the list of finalists in each category:

BEST ARTIST
    Ana Moura (for the album Leva me Aos Fados on World Village)
    Cheikh Lô (for the album Jamm on World Circuit)
    Femi Kuti (for the album Africa for Africa on Wrasse)
    Youssou N'Dour (for the album Dakar-Kingston on Universal)

BEST GROUP
    Bellowhead (for the album Hedonism on Navigator)
    Hanggai (for the album He Who Travels Far on World Connection)
    Lepistö & Lehti (for the album Helsinki on Aito Records)
    Terrakota (for the album World Massala on Ojo Musica)

CROSS-CULTURAL COLLABORATION
    AfroCubism (for the album AfroCubism on World Circuit)
    Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal (for the album Chamber Music on No Format)
    Kronos Quartet with Alim & Fargana Qasimov and Homayun Sakhi
    (for the album Rainbow - Music of Central Asia Vol 8 on Smithsonian Folkways)
    Vishwa Mohan Bhatt & Matt Malley (for the album Sleepless Nights on World Village)

 NEWCOMER AWARD
    The Creole Choir of Cuba (for the album Tande-la on Real World)
    Raghu Dixit (for the album Raghu Dixit on Vishal & Shekhar Music)
    Syriana (for the album Road to Damascus on Real World)
    Tamikrest (for the album Adagh on Glitterhouse Records)

You can read more about each winner at the Songlines website. And catch the Songlines podcast for clips of each of the winners. They've even put out a compilation CD with 16 tracks from the nominees, and it's a great lineup
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