Songlines Music Awards: 2016 Winners

We're delighted to announce the winners of the eighth Songlines Music Awards which aim to put a much-deserved spotlight on some incredibly talented artists from around the world.

This year we've shaken up the awards, so as well as our usual Best Artist and Best Group awards - as voted by Songlines readers - we have five new geographical awards based on the reviews sections in the magazine, as well as the World Pioneer and Newcomer Awards chosen by our editorial team.

For a profile on the winners and streamed samples from each winning album, please click on the artist’s names below.

Mariza

BEST ARTIST
Mariza >

For the album Mundo on Parlophone

Africa Express

BEST GROUP
Africa Express >

For the album Terry Riley’s In C Mali on Transgressive Records

Songhoy Blues

NEWCOMER
Songhoy Blues >

For the album Music in Exile on Transgressive Records

Seckou Keita

AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST
Seckou Keita >

For the album 22 Strings on ARC Music

Lila Downs AMERICAS
Lila Downs >

For the album Balas y Chocolate on Sony Music
Debashish Bhattacharya ASIA & SOUTH PACIFIC
Debashish Bhattacharya >

For the album Slide Guirtar Ragas from Dusk Till Dawn on Riverboat Records
Sam Lee EUROPE
Sam Lee & Friends >

For the album The Fade in Time on Nest Collective Records
Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal FUSION
Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal >

For the album Musique de Nuit on No Format!
Chris Blackwell

WORLD PIONEER AWARD
Chris Blackwell >

 

 

 

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Click to listenHear editor-in-chief Simon Broughton introducing and playing music from all of this year’s winners on the Songlines podcast, available as a free download on iTunes

Join us on Monday October 3, 2016 at the Barbican in London for this year’s Songlines Music Awards Winners’ Concert, featuring performances by Mariza, Debashish Bhattacharya and others still to be announced. For more details visit www.barbican.org.uk or call 020 7638 8891

Songlines Music Awards 2016 CD

The official 19-track album, featuring the nominees in the five geographical categories, is now on sale exclusively from Amazon.

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