We are delighted to announce the nominees for the Songlines Music Awards 2012.
The 16 nominees are (drumroll please):
Abigail Washburn (for the album City of Refuge on Rounder)
Anoushka Shankar (for the album Traveller on DG)
Hossam Ramzy (for the album Rock the Tabla on ARC)
Ry Cooder (for the album Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down on Nonesuch)
JuJu (Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara) (for the album In Trance on Real World)
SheʼKoyokh Klezmer Ensemble (for the album Buskerʼs Ballroom on ARC)
Tinariwen (for the album Tassili on V2/Co-op)
Watcha Clan (for the album Radio Babel on Piranha)
The Bollywood Brass Band and Rafaqat Ali Khan (for the album Chaiyya Chaiyya on Felmay Records)
Dub Colossus (for the album Addis Through the Looking Glass on Real World)
Kronos Quartet, Kimmo Pohjonen, Samuli Kosminen (for the album Uniko on Ondine)
Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile (for the album The Goat Rodeo Sessions on Sony Classical)
Bombino (for the album Agadez on Cumbancha Discovery)
Fatoumata Diawara (for the album Fatou on World Circuit)
Khyam Allami (for the album Resonance/Dissonance on Nawa Recordings)
Trio Tekke (for the album Samas on Trio Tekke)
The awards, voted by Songlines readers and the general public, endeavour to celebrate and acknowledge the myriad of musical talent across the world. All the nominated artists have had albums reviewed in Songlines during 2011 (from #74 to #81 inclusive).
Be sure to check out our Songlines Music Awards 2012 compilation album that features a track from each of the 16 nominated artists. The album will be released on March 19 2012.