Voting for the Songlines Music Awards 2013 is now officially open. Cast your vote in each of the four categories, and you will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win one of three pairs of tickets to WOMAD Charlton Park 2013 (July 25-28). Ten runners-up will also receive a copy of the Songlines Music Awards 2012 CD – a 16-track CD featuring all of the 2012 Awards’ nominees and winners.
The Songlines Music Awards celebrate and acknowledge the myriad of music talent across the world that has been featured in Songlines. There are four categories: Best Artist, Best Group, Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Newcomer. Eligible artists are those who have had albums reviewed in Songlines during 2013 (from #82 to #89 inclusive). The voting closes at midnight on January 31 2013. The shortlist of the top four nominees in each category will be published in the April/May issue (#91), on sale March 15.
The 2012 winners included: Anoushka Shankar (Best Artist); Tinariwen (Best Group); Fatoumata Diawara (Best Newcomer) and Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Stuart Duncan and Edgar Meyer (Cross-Cultural Collaboration). Anoushka, Tinariwen and Fatoumata all performed at the Songlines Music Awards 2012 winners’ concert on November 23 at the Barbican Centre in London. Here are some of the highlights from the evening:
For a complete list of all the eligible artists for the 2013 awards, details of the categories and to place your vote, please visit: www.songlinesmusicawards.com