Every year, Songlines recognises an emerging artist or group who have made an outstanding album, and winners of the Newcomer Award invariably go on to have bright futures. Mokoomba (pictured above) won the Award in 2013, and you can find out all about their latest project in the April 2017 issue (#126). Meanwhile, here on the Songlines website we’ve gathered together fascinating features and interviews with other previous winners of this prestigious award.
Songhoy Blues won the Newcomer category in the Songlines Music Awards 2016. Hailed as ‘Mali’s Next Big Thing’, the young band have continued to ride on a much-deserved wave of success.
Read the article: ‘Songhoy Blues: Songhai Stars’
Winner of the Newcomer Award in 2015, Ibibio Sound Machine’s British-Nigerian singer Eno Williams talks to Alexandra Petropoulos about her role as a storyteller.
Read the article: ‘Introducing… Ibibio Sound Machine’
Family Atlantica carried off the Songlines Newcomer Award in 2014. Russ Slater talks to the band that unites traditions, stories and rhythms across the Atlantic in a wave of Afro-Latin grooves. (Photograph by Alex Harvey-Brown)
Read the interview: ‘Family Atlantica: a family affair’
The story of Fatoumata Diawara’s rise to fame includes winning the Songlines Newcomer Award in 2012. She chats to Rose Skelton and explains about how she found her voice. (Photograph by Youri Lenquette)
Read the interview: ‘Fatoumata Diawara: “my voice was my first companion”’
Robin Denselow catches up with Songlines’ 2011 Newcomer Award-winner, Raghu Dixit, and reflects on the young singer’s remarkable career to date. (Photograph by Nikhil Madgavkar)
Read interview: ‘The Rise and Rise of Raghu Dixit’
Since winning the Newcomer Award in 2010, Deolinda have been taking Portugal by storm. (Photograph by Isabel Pinto)
Read interview: ‘Deolinda: the fresh face of fado’
Indo-Canadian singer Kiran Ahluwalia has moved away from her ghazal tradition and come up with a whole new musical genre: a Touareg-ghazal-qawwali fusion. She talks to Li Robbins about her new-found love for music from the Sahara. (Photograph by Fernando Elizalde)
Read the interview: ‘Kiran Ahluwalia: mix and match’