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Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Announces 2016 Juno Awards World Music Album of the Year Nominees

The World Music Album of the Year nominees for the 2016 JUNO Awards were announced by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) at a press conference at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto on February 2, 2016. Juno Award winners will be announced during Juno Week in Calgary, March 28 – April 3, 2016.

The nominees for World Music Album of the Year include Resistance by The Souljazz Orchestra; Moorka by Lemon Bucket Orkestra; Revuelta Danza Party by Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra; Neo-Reconquista by Boogat; and Healer by Alex Cuba.

 

Resistance by The Souljazz Orchestra
Resistance by The Souljazz Orchestra

 

Moorka by Lemon Bucket Orkestra
Moorka by Lemon Bucket Orkestra

 

Revuelta Danza Party by Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra
Revuelta Danza Party by Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra

 

Neo-Reconquista by Boogat
Neo-Reconquista by Boogat

 

Healer by Alex Cuba
Healer by Alex Cuba

 

The Souljazz Orchestra

The Souljazz Orchestra
The Souljazz Orchestra

The Souljazz Orchestra is a multicultural ensemble based in Ottawa, Ontario. The group combines soul, jazz, African, Latin American and Caribbean styles, using a brass section and a wide variety of percussion.

Resistance adds a French Caribbean and Francophone West African influences such as coupé-décalé, zouk, and ndombolo.

The Souljazz Orchestra’s discography includes Freedom No Go Die (2006) and Manifesto (2008) set the bar high. Rising Sun (2010), Solidarity (2012) and Inner Fire (2014).

 

The Lemon Bucket Orkestra

The Lemon Bucket Orkestra
The Lemon Bucket Orkestra

Toronto-based The Lemon Bucket Orkestra is described as Canada’s only Balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk-superband. The group got started as a street busking band in 2010. The original quartet grew into a much larger ensemble that uses brass and bows. World tour followed.

Moorka was recorded in a friend’s barn in Waterloo right after their three month Canadian tour and was released in March 2015. It includes re-worked folk songs the band learned in Romania, Ukraine, Serbia and Macedonia from local musicians on their last European tour, each tune modified with a blend of funk, punk, psychedelia, blues and swing.

 

Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra

Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra - Photo by Adelaida Pardo
Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra – Photo by Adelaida Pardo

The Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra, from Montreal, fuses Afro-Colombian music and dance, with the brass and violin melodies of Eastern Europe. The group’s shows bring together live music, choreographed dance, circus, theatrical staging and dynamic audience interaction. Revuelta Danza Party is the Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra’s debut album.

 

Boogat

Boogat
Boogat

Boogat is based in Quebec City, Quebec. He’s a Latin American vocalist, who continually reinvents himself with his plentiful discography. His style is described as a mix of worldbeat and tropical-bass. Some of his songs have attracted Hollywood, including placements in the TV series Homeland, and the film, The Forger, with John Travolta. Neo-Reconquista is his latest recording.

 

Alex Cuba

Alex Cuba
Alex Cuba

Vocalist Alex Cuba was born in Cuba and currently lives in British Columbia. His style has gradually changed from Cuban roots music and soul to pop. Healer is a pop and Spanish-language R&B album.

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Chris Strachwitz Receives The Recording Academy’s Trustees Award

Chris Strachwitz
Chris Strachwitz
Record producer Chris Strachwitz is one of the recipients of the The Recording Academy’s Trustees Award. Chris Strachwitz has made his living celebrating the music he loves, roots music that forms the fabric of both American and international culture. He is the founder of Arhoolie Records and produces much of the content he releases.

To blues fans he is a legend, releasing essential works by Mississippi Fred McDowell, Mance Lipscomb, Charlie Musselwhite, Rebirth Brass Band, Big Joe Williams, Big Mama Thornton, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Earl Hooker, and Elizabeth Cotten, and many others. Strachwitz also produces Cajun music, highlighted by his releases by
Clifton Chenier, and also focused on Mexican recordings, especially Norteño music.

The Trustees Award recognizes such contributions in areas other than performance.

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Celia Cruz Receives The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award

The Recording Academy announced today that Celia Cruz is one of the honorees of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Celia Cruz was one of the most popular salsa singers and performers in history. Known internationally as the “Reina de laa salsa” (Queen of Salsa), the Cuban-born Cruz was a highly influential personality. She recorded 23 gold albums and was a recipient of the United States National Medal of Arts. Cruz received three GRAMMY Awards and four Latin GRAMMY Awards.

Other honorees include Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, and RUN DMC. John Cage, Fred Foster, and Chris Strachwitz are Trustees Award honorees; and EMT and Dr. Harvey Fletcher are Technical GRAMMY Award recipients.

A special ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees will be held in the spring of 2016.

Each year, The Academy has the distinct privilege of honoring those who have greatly contributed to our industry and cultural heritage, and this year we have a gifted and brilliant group of honorees,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “Their exceptional accomplishments, contributions, and artistry will continue to influence and inspire generations to come.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.

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Austrian World Music Awards 2015 Revealed

Federspiel - Photo by Julia Wesely
Federspiel – Photo by Julia Wesely

 

The 2016 Austrian World Music Awards were revealed December 4, 2015. Federspiel won first prize. Alma took was awarded the second prize. Meanwhile, Großmütterchen Hatz Salon Orkestar won the audience award. The award ceremony took place at Porgy & Bess jazz club in Vienna.

Federspiel (1st prize)

The seven-piece brass and wind ensemble Federspiel was founded in 2004 in Krems an der Donau. Federspiel combines indigenous Austrian folk music with world music elements. The musicians come from various musical backgrounds and countries.

Band members include Frederic Alvarado-Dupuy on clarinet, vocals; Simon Zöchbauer on trumpet, flugelhorn, zither, vocals; Philip Haas on trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals; Ayac Jimenez-Salvador on trumpet flugelhorn, vocals; Thomas Winalek on bass trumpet and vocals; Matthias Werner on trombone, vocals; and Roland Eitzinger on tuba, vocals.

 

 

More about the band: www.feder-spiel.at

Alma (2nd prize)

 

Alma - Photo by Daliah Spiegel
Alma – Photo by Daliah Spiegel

 

Alma features young musicians who mix ancient traditional melodies, yodeling, new arrangements of folk songs, and new material as well. The lineup includes Julia Lacherstorfer on violin, vocals; Evelyn Mair on violin, vocals; Matteo Haitzmann on violin, vocals; Marie-Theres Stickler on harmonica, Shruti Box, vocals; Marlene Lacherstorfer on bass, harmonium, vocals.

 

 

More details at www.almamusik.at

The Hatz Salon Orkestar Grossmütterchen (Audience Award)

 

Hatz Salon Orkestar Grossmütterchen
Hatz Salon Orkestar Grossmütterchen

 

The Hatz Salon Orkestar Grossmütterchen is led by accordionist and vocalist Franziska Hatz. The ensemble brings together jazz, klezmer, Balkan folk tunes, pop and ska. The lineup features Franziska Hatz on accordion, vocals; Richie Winkler on saxophone, clarinet; Simon Schellnegger on viola; and Julian Pieber on drums.

 

 

The Austrian World Music Awards were founded in 2004. They were created to provide world music artists the recognition and publicity they deserve. In 2014, IG World Music Austria took over the organization and presentation of the Awards.

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Best World Music Album Nominations for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Home - Anoushka Shankar
Home – Anoushka Shankar

 

The Recording Academy announced today the nominations for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards. The list of world music artists includes a list of familiar and predictable names:

Gilbertos Samba Ao Vivo – Gilberto Gil (Masterworks)
Sings – Angelique Kidjo (429 Records)
Music from Inala – Ladysmith Black Mambazo with Ella Spira & The Inala Ensemble (Ladysmith Black Mambazo)
Home – Anoushka Shankar (Deutsche Grammophon)
I Have No Everything Here – Zomba Prison Project (Six Degrees)

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fRoots Announces Winners of Critics Poll 2015

Stick In The Wheel - From Here (From Here)
Stick In The Wheel – From Here (From Here)

 

British magazine foots has announced the winners of the fRoots Critics Poll For Albums Of The Year, This year’s winners were exclusively revealed by BBC Radio 3 during their World On 3 broadcast last night.

fRoots Critics Poll Album Of 2015

Stick In The Wheel – From Here (From Here)

Compilation, Re-Issue or Historic Album of 2015

 

Youssou N’Dour & Le Super Etoile De Dakar - Fatteliku – Live In Athens 1987
Youssou N’Dour & Le Super Etoile De Dakar – Fatteliku – Live In Athens 1987 (Real World)

 

Best Packaged Album of 2015

 

Lead Belly - The Smithsonian Folkways Collection
Lead Belly – The Smithsonian Folkways Collection (Smithsonian Folkways)

 

Editors’ Choice Album of 2015
(on micro-independent and artists’ own labels)

 

Telling The Bees - Steer By The Stars (Black Thrustle)
Telling The Bees – Steer By The Stars (Black Thrustle)

 

Every year since 1986, fRoots magazine has polled music experts in the UK and worldwide to decide the Album of the Year in the fields of music championed by the publication: folk, roots and world music.

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Elida Almeida Wins the Prix Découvertes RFI 2015

Elida Almeida - Ora Doci, Ora Margos
Elida Almeida – Ora Doci, Ora Margos

 

Cape Verdian artist Elida Almeida has won Radio France Internationale’s Prix Découvertes RFI 2015 for her debut album “Ora Doci, Ora Margos.” The album was released in Europe in May 2015. Elida Almeida received the Prize Découvertes RFI from a jury chaired by Malian superstar Oumou Sangaré.

“Ora Doci, Ora Margos” features folk melodies enhanced by Santiago beats (batuque, funana and morna) along with the subtle arrangements of guitarist Hernani Almeida.

 

 

 

Elida Almeida Tour Dates

11/24/2015 – New York (NY) at Subrosa, USA
11/25/2015 – Brockton (MA) at The Shaw’s Center, USA
11/27/2015 – Providence (RI) at Fete, USA
12/04/2015 – Maputo at Centro Cultural Franco Moçambicano, Mozambique
02/04/2016 Paris – Festival Au Fil des Voix (with Lura) at L’Alhambra, France

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The 30th Annual fRoots Critics Poll Announces 2015 Nominees

fRoots_Critics_Poll_2015

 

British publication fRoots magazine announced this morning the nominees for Album of the Year in the fields of folk, roots and world music. The nominations also include two additional categories: Compilations, Re-issues & Historic albums and Best Packaged album.

This year’s winners will be revealed by BBC Radio 3 during their World On 3 broadcast from 11 pm on Friday 4th December and in the Jan/Feb 2016 double issue of fRoots magazine from 8th December.

The fRoots poll includes over 300 writers, broadcasters and activists from the UK and the rest of the globe.

Nominees for New Album Of 2015
(listed alphabetically)

Anna & Elizabeth: Anna & Elizabeth (Free Dirt)
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: Quaranta 40 (Ponderosa)
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Ba Power (Glitterbeat)
Sam Lee & Friends: The Fade In Time (Nest Collective)
Leveret: New Anything (RootBeat)
Emily Portman: Coracle (Furrow)
The Rheingans Sisters: Already Home (RootBeat)
Simpson, Cutting & Kerr: Murmurs (Topic)
Stick In The Wheel: From Here (From Here)
Vieux Farka Touré & Julia Easterlin: Touristes (Six Degrees)

Nominees for Compilation/ Re-issue/ Historic Album Of 2015
(listed alphabetically)

Buena Vista Social Club: Lost And Found (World Circuit)
Bob & Ron Copper: Traditional Songs From Rottingdean (Fledg’ling)
Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection (Smithsonian Folkways)
E.T. Mensah & The Tempos: King Of Highlife (RetroAfric)
Youssou N’Dour & Le Super Etoile De Dakar : Fatteliku – Live In Athens 1987 (Real World)
Amara Touré : 1973 – 1980 (Analog Africa)

The winner of Best Packaged Album Of 2015 will be announced on 4th December

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Hermes Records Founder Ramin Sadighi Receives WOMEX 2015 Award

Ramin Sadighi receiving the WOMEX 2015 Professional Excellence Award - Photo by Yannis Psathas
Ramin Sadighi receiving the WOMEX 2015 Professional Excellence Award – Photo by Yannis Psathas

 

At the WOMEX Award ceremony held yesterday in Budapest, Hermes Records’ founder, Ramin Sadighi (Iran), received the Professional Excellence Award.

Ramin Sadighi stated: “Thank you to WOMEX. I am a member of the family since 2006 and I feel flattered and deeply honored to receive this award especially here on this most sacred place, which is the stage.”

More about Hermes Records: www.hermesrecords.com

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Senegalese Musician Cheikh Lô Honored with WOMEX 2015 Artist Award

Cheikh Lô receiving his award - Photo by Yannis Psathas
Cheikh Lô receiving his award – Photo by Yannis Psathas

 

World music expo WOMEX 2015 came to a close yesterday, October 25, with the award ceremony. Senegalese artist Cheikh Lô received the Artist Award and performed live for the delegates.

During his acceptance speech, Cheikh Lô stated: “I feel very honored and proud to receive this award from WOMEX and the community of WOMEX.”

 

Cheikh Lô performing at WOMEX 2015 award ceremony - Photo by Yannis Psathas
Cheikh Lô performing at WOMEX 2015 award ceremony – Photo by Yannis Psathas
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