The Global Village world music radio show produced Roger Holdsworth has won the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia Award for excellence in music programming. The Award recognizes excellence in music programming in the community radio sector across Australia. The Global Village program has been broadcast for over 27 years now on Melbourne Australia community radio station PBS 106.7 FM and digital.
“The importance of the recognition is as an endorsement of an approach that seeks to build bridges rather than walls,” says Global Village’s host and producer, Roger Holdsworth. “In a proudly multicultural Australian community, the Global Village emphasizes the celebration of diversity, the welcoming of the ‘other’ as part of ‘us’, of philoxenia rather than xenophobia, of trust and justice. Many of these ideas are increasingly difficult in the face of worldwide political and social tendencies that seek to isolate, demonize, misunderstand, and separate us – tendencies that are often sexist, racist, misogynist and seeking to build hate and distrust. So the Global Village has always sought to share and explore the diverse cultures both in the Australian community and in the wider world – to enable music that is heard within specific communities, to reach a broader audience, and to establish a new identity for Australia.
It has sought to challenge the hegemonic control that ‘pop’ and ‘rock’ exerts over most music around the globe; it resists ‘music’ that emerges from the economic domination of the ‘industry’ by a few. It has sought to share the authenticity and diversity of musical cultures, that enrich us all and that enhance our understanding.”
Acclaimed calypso vocalist Calypso Rose (Trinidad & Tobago) was presented with the WOMEX 2016 Artist Award in a ceremony held earlier today in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
“I would especially like to thank WOMEX, the World Music Expo…but now I want to keep you on your feet by dancing!,” said Calypso Rose, from Tobago, who ended the closing ceremony delivering a special performance accompanied on stage by the all-star Calypso Sound System featuring Drew Gonsalves and other members of Kobo Town.
Colombian hip-hop school 4Elementos Skuela received the Professional Excellence Award.
“Our neighborhood and our school are more alive and happier than ever and it is them who really deserve the applause,” said founder Henry Arteaga. “I am ashamed that in my country thousands of people think more can be achieved through war instead of through peace. Music on the other hand, born from the soul, is made to connect one another. The WOMEX Award ancient goddess figurine represents a mother – and we may have forgotten it, but this signifies something very special – love. This Award thus for me is a symbol of what we need now for rescuing my country and its future.”
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen received the IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year award at the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Awards. The group first won this category in 2014.
Solivan’s recent solo album Family, Friends & Heroes (Compass Records) was released on March 4. A tribute to Solivan’s musical heroes, the project includes Dirty Kitchen members, some of Solivan’s own family, and special guests John Cowan, Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush, Jim Hurst, Del McCoury, and more.
Upcoming tour dates include:
October 1 – Bluegrass by the Bay – Ocean City, Maryland.
October 15 – The Hamilton – Washington, D.C.
October 22 – LEAF Festival – Black Mountain, North Carolina.
November 12 – Riverhawk Music Festival – Brooksville, Florida.
The 16th Annual Native American Music Awards were announced on Saturday September 17th, 2016. A special appearance was made by the family of nominee Joseph Flying Bye, whose recording, Putting The Moccasins Back On, was posthumously nominated in two categories. His son, Allen Flying Bye and ten other family members, drove all the way from Standing Rock, North Dakota to the show. In a display of unity and solidarity, they received an overwhelming response from the attendees supporting their opposition of the Dakota Access pipeline. Recently, nominees of the Native American Music Awards contributed their songs to a free CD titled, Water Is Life to support the Standing Rock Sioux Community.
Traditional performances were held by the Awards’ youngest nominee and rising star, 12 year-old hand drummer, Nizhoo Sullivan, as well as Theresa Bear Fox and the Akwesasne Women Singers, and Joseph Fire Crow who also picked up the rhythm with a contemporary song performed with the Ed Koban house band.
Shelley Morningsong took the coveted Artist of the Year award, and ruled the stage with a notable performance of singing and playing flute as her husband and musical partner, Fabian Fontenelle performed in his stunning ceremonial outfit.
Fado star Mariza, Malian band Songhoy Blues, Indian guitar maestro Debashish Bhattacharya and Sam Lee & friends are set to perform on October 3rd at Barbican Hall in London. These four world music acts are winners of this year’s Songlines Music Awards.
Launched in 2008, the Songlines Music Awards honor the diversity of musical talent across the globe featured in Songlines magazine. Votes for the Awards came in from Songlines readers, contributors and the general public.