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)
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)
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.
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.”