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Kalani Pe’a Wins Best Regional Roots Music Album Grammy Award

Kalani Pe’a – E Walea

E Walea (Kalani Pe’a Music) by Hawaiian artist Kalani Pe’a is the winenr of the Best Regional Roots Music Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

The other finalists were:

Broken Promised Land (Swallow Records) – Barry Jean Ancelet & Sam Broussard
It’s A Cree Thing (Canyon Records) – Northern Cree
Gulfstream (Octavia Records) – Roddie Romero And The Hub City All-Stars
I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax In The Evangeline Country (Valcour Records) – (Various Artists); Joshua Caffery & Joel Savoy, producers

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Sarah Jarosz Wins Best Folk Album Grammy Award

Sarah Jarosz – Undercurrent

The album Undercurrent (Sugar Hill Records) by Sarah Jarosz is the winner of the Best Folk Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

The other finalists were:

Silver Skies Blue (Wildflower Records/Cleopatra Records) – Judy Collins & Ari Hest
Upland Stories (Bloodshot Records) – Robbie Fulks
Factory Girl (Nonesuch Records) – Rhiannon Giddens
Weighted Mind – Sierra Hull (Rounder Records)

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Fantastic Negrito Wins Best Contemporary Blues Album Grammy Award

Fantastic Negrito – The Last Days Of Oakland

The album The Last Days Of Oakland by Fantastic Negrito (Believe Global/Blackball Universe) is the winner of the Best Contemporary Blues Album
at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

The other finalists were:

Love Wins Again – Janiva Magness (Blue Élan Records)
Bloodline – Kenny Neal (Cleopatra Blues)
Give It Back To You – The Record Company (Concord Records)
Everybody Wants A Piece – Joe Louis Walker (Provogue)

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Bobby Rush Wins Best Traditional Blues Album Grammy Award

Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat

The album Porcupine Meat by Bobby Rush (Rounder Records) is the winner of Best Traditional Blues at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

The other finalists were:

Can’t Shake This Feeling – Lurrie Bell (Delmark Records)
Live At The Greek Theatre – Joe Bonamassa (J&R Adventures)
Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook: Volumes I & II) – Luther Dickinson (New West Records)
The Soul Of Jimmie Rodgers – Vasti Jackson (VJM)

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O’Connor Band Wins Best Bluegrass Album Grammy Award

O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor – Coming Home

The album Coming Home (Rounder Records) by O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor is the winner of Best Bluegrass Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

The other finalists were:

Original Traditional – Blue Highway (Rounder Records)
Burden Bearer – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (Mountain Home Music Company)
The Hazel And Alice Sessions – Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands (Spruce And Maple Music)
North By South – Claire Lynch (Compass Records)

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Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo Win Best Tropical Latin Album Grammy Award

Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo – ¿Donde Están?

The album ¿Donde Están? (En Grande Music) by Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo is the winner of the Best Tropical Latin Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

The other finalists were:

Conexión – Fonseca (Sony Music Entertainment US Latin)
La Fantasia Homenaje A Juan Formell – Formell Y Los Van Van (EGREM)
35 Aniversario – Grupo Niche (Niche Business Enterprises)
La Sonora Santanera En Su 60 Aniversario – La Sonora Santanera (Sony Music Entertainment México)

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Ziggy Marley Wins Best Reggae Album Grammy Award

Ziggy Marley – Ziggy Marley

The self-titled album Ziggy Marley (Tuff Gong Worldwide) by Ziggy Marley won the Best Reggae Album Grammy at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

The other finalists were:

Sly & Robbie Presents… Reggae For Her (Tuff Gong International, Taxi Records) – Devin Di Dakta & J.L
Rose Petals (Wash House Music Group) – J Boog
Everlasting (Dub Rockers/VP Records) – Raging Fyah
Falling Into Place (87 Music/Hill Kid/Raise Up Music/Easy Star Records) – Rebelution
SOJA: Live In Virginia (ATO Records) – SOJA

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Chucho Valdés Wins Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy Award

Tribute To Irakere: Live In Marciac (Jazz Village) by Chucho Valdés is the winner of the Best Latin Jazz Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

The other finalists were:

Entre Colegas – Andy González (Truth Revolution Records)
Madera Latino: A Latin Jazz Perspective On The Music Of Woody Shaw – Brian Lynch & Various Artists (Hollistic Musicworks)
Canto América – Michael Spiro/Wayne Wallace La Orquesta Sinfonietta (Patois Records)
30 – Trio Da Paz (Zoho)

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Best World Music Album Grammy Award Goes to Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble

The album Sing Me Home (Sony Music Masterworks, 2016) by Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble received the Best World Music Album Grammy Award at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

Sing Me Home is a companion album, developed and recorded together with The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, a documentary film from award-winning director Morgan Neville that tells the story of The Silk Road Ensemble and Silkroad, its parent organization.

The album explores the changeable idea of home, with original and traditional tunes composed or arranged by members of the Ensemble’s exceptional collective of global artists. Each composition invites listeners to explore the “music of home” through the individual experiences of Ensemble members, many of whom are immigrants.

Every tradition is the result of successful invention,” Yo-Yo Ma says in the documentary The Music of Strangers. “Human beings grow by being curious and receptive to what’s around them. A lot of people are scared of change, and sometimes there’s reason to be fearful. But if you can welcome change, you become fertile ground for development.”

The other nominees were:

Destiny – Celtic Woman (Manhattan Records_
Walking In The Footsteps Of Our Fathers – Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Ladysmith Black Mambazo0
Land Of Gold – Anoushka Shankar (Deutsche Grammophon)
Dois Amigos, Um Século De Música: Multishow Live – Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil (Nonesuch)

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Zohra – The Afghan Women’s Orchestra Wins 2017 Freemuse Award

Freemuse has announced today that Zohra – The Afghan Women’s Orchestra is the winner of the 2017 Freemuse Award. The students of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) are the first women in their families, community and country to learn music in over 30 years.

With exceptional courage and dedication these young women are breaking new ground and have become important role models for any Afghan welcoming the return of music and the rights to exercise and take part in cultural life,” said the Freemuse press release.

The Freemuse Award will be bestowed at a concert with Zohra in Geneva on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by Freemuse co-founder Marie Korpe.

Zohra is a small miracle,” said Freemuse Executive Director Ole Reitov. “By giving the award to Zohra, Freemuse is also acknowledging the ground-breaking work of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music founded by Dr. Ahmad Sarmast.”

Freemuse has a long record verifying the state for musicians in Afghanistan. The first ever Freemuse report, ‘Can you stop the birds singing? – The censorship of music in Afghanistan’ was published in 2001 and expressed how the people of Afghanistan under Taliban rule were exposed to an extreme form of music censorship.

Earlier Freemuse Award winners include Lavon Volski from Belarus, Ramy Essam from Egypt, Festival of the Desert from Mali and the American folk-legend Pete Seeger.

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