April 30, 2009

Songlines Music Awards

Mariam Doumbia and Amadou BagayokoAs those following my music blog posts may know, I am a big fan of music from Mali. And it seems two Malian singers - Rokia Traore (see my blog post for some videos) and the blind husband-wife pair Amadou-Mariam (youtube video) have won major awards at the inaugural Songlines World Music Awards.

More details here. Seems ..
The Songlines Music Awards were established to continue the tradition of the now-defunct BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music, recognizing outstanding talent in world music.
Also, note the "newcomer" award winner -- an Indian musician, who I had not heard of before today.
Best Artist - Rokia Traoré   
Best Group - Amadou and Mariam  
Cross-cultural Collaboration - Jah Wobble & The Chinese Dub Orchestra 
Newcomer - Kiran Ahluwalia
To listen to Kiran's songs, go to her website. It starts streaming few of her songs, in full. On Twitter, she mentions recent collaborations for fusion with Italian aria and Hip-Hop. Interesting! Will need to explore further.

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