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Mauritanian Artist Daby Toure Winner of World Music Category in the International Songwriting Competition

Paris-based Mauritanian musician and songwriter Daby Toure is the winner of the International Songwriting Competition in the World [music] category. Dino Miranda from Maputo in Mozambique won second place and Shahed Mohseni Zonoozi and Salar Hamzei from Tehran, Iran came in third.

 

Dino Miranda

 

Shahed Mohseni Zonoozi and Salar Hamzei

 

The Grand Prize is awarded to Canadian singer Matt Epp and Morocco-born Manitoba-raised 16-year old Faouzia for their co-written song “The Sound Ft. Faouzia.” The Grand Prize winners receive $25,000 in cash (USD) and over $45,000 in additional prizes.

 

 

In addition to the Grand Prize winner, many other won their respective categories in ISC. The 23 categories include all genres of contemporary music, from rock to pop to jazz and more.

For a complete list of ISC 2016 winners visit: http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners

Entries are now open for the 2017 competition. For more information and to enter, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com

headline photo: Daby Toure by York Tillyer

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Federspiel’s Album “Smaragd” Wins German Record Critics Award

Smaragd” by Austrian band Federspiel won in two categories of the short list 1/2017 at the German Record Critics Award. “Smaragd” won in the Cross border and Traditional ethnic music categories.

The jury issued a statement through Heinz Zietsch about “Smaragd”: “Massive but none the less extremely agile, lively yet elegant – brass ensemble Federspiel, from the Austrian Wachau region, is exceptionally talented.

Alpine Folk Music arranged and played with great humor and a subtle irony, mixed with world music and old Austrian sounds to the beat of Landler and Waltz. Viennese zither and a music box season the sound of the wind instruments and a dash of synthesizer brings refreshing flavors to the table.

The septet radiates wild imagination, enthusiasm and delight in experimenting. Their humming, mumbling and whispering, yodeling and singing, up to the highest reaches of artistic creativity. And then all of it comes down like does a good wine: just like the “Smaragd”, the noble grape produced in the Wachau.”

 

 

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Austrian Band Alma Wins German World Music Award

Austrian act Alma won the 2017 German World Music Award “Festival-Ruth.” The Ruth is one of the four yearly awards from Rudolstadt-Festival, the biggest German World Music Festival TFF Rudolstadt.

Alma (meaning soul in Spanish) includes five musicians from Austria, four women and one man, with roots in Jazz, folk and classical music. Their music crosses boundaries, incorporating Alpine and Transalpine sounds from Central Europe.

The band will release its third album, titled Oeo, in June 2017.

The lineup includes Julia Lacherstorfer on violin, vocals; Evelyn Mair on violin, vocals; Matteo Haitzmann on violin, vocals; Marie-Theres Stickler on diatonic accordion, vocals; and Marlene Lacherstorfer on double bass, vocals.

Alma

Recent Alma-Videos:

 

 

 

A first Oeo teaser:

 

 

More at: www.almamusik.at

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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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