Renowned vocalist Kiran Ahluwalia won Canada’s prestigious Juno Award for World Music Album of the Year last night. Her album is titled Aam Zameen: Common Ground, released on her independent label, Kiran Music in Canada and Avokado Artists Recordings in the United States, Europe & Australia.
Aam Zameen: Common Ground is a step onward in the evolution of a musician who, while firmly rooted in Indian music, is continually embracing sounds and influences from around the world. The recording features collaboration with legendary Tuareg desert blues group Tinariwen and fellow Tuareg tribesmen Terakaft, as well as Ghanaian ritti player Juldeh Camara and Justin Adams (Tinariwen, Robert Plant) who along with New York jazz guitarist Rez Abbasi co-produced the record.
Other roots music winners include:
Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo
Bruce Cockburn – Small Source of Comfort
Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Group
The Wailin’ Jennys – Bright Morning Stars
Blues Album of the Year
MonkeyJunk – To Behold
Reggae Recording of the Year
Exco Levi – Bleaching Shop
Aboriginal Album of the Year
Murray Porter – Songs Lived & Life Played
To view a complete list of 2012 JUNO Award winners go to www.junoawards.ca.