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Songlines Music Awards 2018

Now in their tenth year, the Songlines Music Awards champion the wealth of brilliant music-making taking place around the world that we feature in Songlines. All the albums have been reviewed during the past year (from #125 to #134 inclusive). The nominees in the geographical categories were selected by our ace team of international contributors and the Best Artist and Best Group nominees were voted for by Songlines readers. The winners of the geographical categories will be announced in the June issue (#138), out May 11. The rest of the winners, including the Newcomer and World Pioneer Awards, will be announced at our awards ceremony on October 20.

The Awards album

Featuring 20 tracks from all of the nominees in the five geographical categories, the Songlines Music Awards 2018 compilation is out now on CD.

Awards Ceremony

The inaugural Songlines Music Awards ceremony, featuring performances from a selection of nominees and winners, will take place on Saturday October 20 at the Electric Brixton in London, for more information visit

Best Artist

Best Group

Africa & Middle East


Asia & Pacific



Between the Earth and the Sky (Rough Trade)


At Least Wave Your Handkerchief at Me (Glitterbeat Records)


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