Songlines Music Awards: 2017

With the Songlines Music Awards now in their ninth year, Songlines is delighted to announce this year’s winners. The awards, voted by Songlines contributors, readers and the general public, celebrate and acknowledge the wealth of musical talent from around the world reviewed in Songlines.

There are nine categories in total, five based on the geographical regions in the CD reviews section of Songlines - Africa & Middle East, Americas, Europe, Asia & South Pacific and Fusion - as well as Best Artist, Best Group, Newcomer and World Pioneer awards.

And the winners are...

Baab Maal

BEST ARTIST
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For the album The Traveller on Marathon Artists

Afro Celt Sound System

BEST GROUP
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For the album The Source on ECC Records

Kefaya

NEWCOMER
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For the album Radio International on Radio International Records

Derek Gripper

AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST
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For the album Libraries on Fire on Derek Gripper

Calypso Rose AMERICAS
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For the album Far From Home on Because Music
Anda Union ASIA & SOUTH PACIFIC
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For the album Homeland on Hohhot Records
Fanfare Ciocarlia EUROPE
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For the album Onwards to Mars! on Asphalt Tango
The Gloaming FUSION
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For the album 2 on Real World
Francis Falceto

WORLD PIONEER AWARD
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Curator of Buda's Ethiopiques series

Click to listenFor a profile on the winners and streamed samples from each winning album, please click on the artist's names above.

Hear Songlines editors Simon Broughton and Jo Frost introduce and play music from all of this year's winners on the Songlines podcast, available as a free download on iTunes.

Songlines Music Awards 2017 CD

Featuring 20 tracks from the nominees in the five geographical categories, the Songlines Music Awards 2017 compilation album is now available on CD exclusively from:

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Songlines Music Awards 2016 Winners