With the Songlines Music Awards now in their third year, Songlines magazine is delighted to announce this year’s winners.
The awards recognise outstanding talent in world music and are voted by Songlines readers and the general public.
There are four categories: Best Artist, Best Group, Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Newcomer – the results from the initial vote generate the final nominees, the top four in each category.
The winners, selected by the Songlines editorial team, listed below, are published in the June issue of Songlines (#76)
A 16-track compilation album (SPLCD004) featuring the winners and all nominees is out now on CD and download. A Songlines Music Awards 2011 app, for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, is also available to download for free from the iTunes App store.
And the winners are…
(For the album Africa for Africa on Wrasse Records)
Femi Kuti will be presented with his Songlines Music Award at The Big Chill Festival on August 7
(For the album Hedonism on Navigator/Proper)
Bellowhead will be presented with their Songlines Music Award at WOMAD Charlton Park on July 28
(For the album AfroCubism on World Circuit)
AfroCubism will be presented with their Songlines Music Award at the Royal Albert Hall on June 27
(For the album Raghu Dixit on Vishal & Shekhar Music)
Raghu Dixit will be presented with his Songlines Music Award at Latitude Festival on July 17
“The Songlines Music Awards show both the quality and variety of what’s happening on the scene. From the iconic Femi Kuti to the brilliant collaboration that is AfroCubism, from the thrilling success of the English folk band Bellowhead to the rising star from India, Raghu Dixit. If you are interested in the music of the world start here.”
Simon Broughton, Songlines editor-in-chief
Watch our short film on the Songlines Music Awards 2011 winners with live performances and an introduction by Simon Broughton: