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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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The Recording Academy Announces 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards nominees for Best Tropical Latin Album

The Recording Academy announced today the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards nominees for Best Tropical Latin Album.

Conexión by Fonseca (Sony Music Entertainment US Latin)


Fonseca – Conexión

 

La Fantasia Homenaje A Juan Formell by Formell Y Los Van Van (EGREM)

Formell Y Los Van Van – La Fantasia Homenaje A Juan Formell

 

35 Aniversario by Grupo Niche (Niche Business Enterprises)

Grupo Niche – 35 Aniversario

 

La Sonora Santanera En Su 60 Aniversario by La Sonora Santanera (Sony Music Entertainment México)

La Sonora Santanera – La Sonora Santanera En Su 60 Aniversario

 

¿Donde Están? By Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo (En Grande Music)


Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo – ¿Donde Están?
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The Recording Academy Announces 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees for Best World Music Album

The Recording Academy announced today the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards nominees for Best World Music Album:

Destiny by Celtic Woman (Manhattan Records)

 

Celtic Woman – Destiny

 

Walking In The Footsteps Of Our Fathers by Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Ladysmith Black Mambazo)

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Walking In The Footsteps Of Our Fathers

 

Sing Me Home by Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble (Masterworks)

The Silk Road Ensemble – Sing Me Home

 

Land Of Gold by Anoushka Shankar (Deutsche Grammophon)

Anoushka Shankar – Land Of Gold

 

Dois Amigos, Um Século De Música: Multishow Live by Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil (Nonesuch)

Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil – Dois Amigos, Um Século de Música: Multishow Live
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Results of the 31st Annual fRoots Critics Poll 2016

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The winners of the 31st annual fRoots Critics Poll for Albums Of The Year were revealed November 25 by fRoots Editor Ian Anderson and presenter Kathryn Tickell during BBC Radio 3’s Word On 3 show.

Album of 2016

Shirley Collins – Lodestar (Domino)

Shirley Collins - Lodestar
Shirley Collins – Lodestar

 

Compilation, Re-issue or Historical Album

Various Artists – Urgent Jumping! Urgent Jumping! East African Musiki Wa Dansi Classics (Stern’s)

Various Artists - Urgent Jumping! Urgent Jumping! East African Musiki Wa Dansi Classics
Various Artists – Urgent Jumping! Urgent Jumping! East African Musiki Wa Dansi Classics

 

Best Packaged Album

Various Artists – Music Of Morocco From The Library Of Congress, Recorded By Paul Bowles 1959 (Dust To Digital)

Various Artists - Music Of Morocco
Various Artists – Music Of Morocco

 

Editor’s Choice Album (for micro independent label releases only)

Alden, Patterson & Dashwood – Call Me Home (AP&D)

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Global Village Radio Show Wins CBAA Award For Excellence In Music Programming

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.

Roger Holdsworth during the CBAA award ceremony
Roger Holdsworth during the CBAA award ceremony

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.”

Roger Holdsworth is also a member of the Transglobal World Music Chart.

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Caribbean Star Calypso Rose Receives WOMEX 2016 Artist Award

Calypso Rose is presented with the WOMEX 2016 Artist Award by her laudator (WOMEX 2007 Award winner) Ivan Duran. - Photograph by Eric van Nieuwland.
Calypso Rose is presented with the WOMEX 2016 Artist Award by her laudator (WOMEX 2007 Award winner) Ivan Duran. – Photograph by Eric van Nieuwland.

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.

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Music School 4Elementos Skuela Receives WOMEX 2016 Professional Excellence Award

Henry Arteaga receives the WOMEX 2016 Professional Exellence Award on behalf of the 4Elementos Skuela that he founded. Photograph by Eric van Nieuwland
Henry Arteaga receives the WOMEX 2016 Professional Exellence Award on behalf of the 4Elementos Skuela that he founded. Photograph by Eric van Nieuwland

 

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.”

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International Bluegrass Music Awards 2016 Winners Announced

Earls of Leicester
Earls of Leicester

The International Bluegrass Music Awards 2016 winners were revealed on Thursday, September 29. The Earls of Leicester, Flatt Lonesome and Becky Buller won multiple awards.

List of winners:

Entertainer of the Year
The Earls of Leicester

Female Vocalist of the Year
Becky Buller

Male Vocalist of the Year
Danny Paisley

Vocal Group of the Year
Flatt Lonesome

Instrumental Group of the Year
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Song of the Year
“You’re the One,” Flatt Lonesome

Album of the Year
Runaway Train, Flatt Lonesome

Flatt Lonesome - Runaway Train
Flatt Lonesome – Runaway Train

Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year
“All Dressed Up,” Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers

Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year
“Fireball,” Special Consensus featuring Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley and Alison Brown

Emerging Artist of the Year
Mountain Faith

Recorded Event of the Year
“Longneck Blues,” Junior Disk and Ronnie Bowman

Banjo Player of the Year
Charlie Cushman

Bass Player of the Year
Barry Bales

Dobro Player of the Year

Jerry Douglas

Fiddle Player of the Year
Becky Buller

Guitar Player of the Year
Bryan Sutton

Mandolin Player of the Year
Sierra Hull

Bluegrass Hall of Fame Inductees

Clarence White
Rounder Records founders Ken Irwin, Marian Leighton-Levy and Bill Nowlin

Distinguished Achievement Awards

Bluegrass Unlimited magazine
Boston Bluegrass Union
Bill Emerson
Jim Rooney
SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction

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Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen Win 2016 IBMA Award for Instrumental Group of the Year

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

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.

Frank Solivan - Family, Friends & Heroes
Frank Solivan – Family, Friends & Heroes

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.

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