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Songlines Music Awards 2015 Nominees: Cross-Cultural Collaboration

Posted on April 10th, 2015 in News, Recent posts by .


Seven years since their launch, the Songlines Music Awards continue to champion the huge amount of brilliant music from around the world. Here are the four nominees in the Cross-Cultural Collaboration category, as voted by you.

Baka Beyond
For After the Tempest on March Hare Music

Martin Craddock and Su Hart first visited the Cameroonian rain forest in 1992 and have been fusing Celtic and Baka pygmy music ever since. The 11th album from their Baka Beyond ensemble takes its title from tracks they created for a production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and offers a dazzling hybrid of traditional African forms, gentle Celtic melodies and dynamic folk reels.

Kronos Quartet
For A Thousand Thoughts on Nonesuch

David Harrington’s string quartet marked their 40th anniversary with a scintillating collection of compositions drawing on musical forms from 14 different countries spread across five continents. Two-thirds of the pieces had never been released before, creating far more than just a Best Of compilation, as collaborators such as Asha Bhosle, Wu Man and even a Texan yodeler join Kronos’ cross-cultural celebration.

Robert Plant
For Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar on Nonesuch

Refusing to be defined by his rock past, the former Led Zep singer continues to explore fresh territory in an endlessly restless and creative solo career. Backed by his eclectic live band, the Sensational Space Shifters, which includes the JuJu duo of Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara, his latest album thrillingly fuses sinuous African blues and Middle Eastern beats with gritty R&B and psych guitars.

Salsa Celtica
For The Tall Islands on Discos Leon

Scotland’s only roots band to include musicians from Cuba and Argentina have been thrilling audiences from Caithness to Colombia for almost two decades with their vivacious fusion of Afro-Latin salsa and Celtic tradition. Their fifth studio album boasts a cast of 17 musicians and the arrangements sparkle with an effervescent energy. It’s testimony to their skill that the collective bustle never sounds overcrowded.


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Songlines Music Awards 2012 – And the winners are…

Posted on April 25th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

With the Songlines Music Awards now in their fourth year, we are 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 ArtistBest GroupCross-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 and listed below, are published in the June issue of Songlines (#84).

A 16-track compilation album featuring the winners and all nominees is out now on CD and download (you can listen to tracks from the CD below). A Songlines Music Awards 2012 app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is also available to download for free from the iTunes App store.

And the winners are…

Anoushka Shankar
(For the album Traveller on DG)



(For the album Tassili on V2)



Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile
(For the album Goat Rodeo Sessions on Sony Classical)



Fatoumata Diawara
(For the album Fatou on World Circuit)



Watch our short film on the Songlines Music Awards 2012 winners with live performances and an introduction by editor-in-chief Simon Broughton: 


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