Czech journalist Petr Doružka is 2017’s recipient of the WOMEX Professional Excellence Award. He produces world music shows on both Prague Radio and Czech National Radio, as well as writing for many publications.
Doružka has been part of the World Music Charts Europe nearly since its inception (he joined in 1992), has served in the fRoots Magazine’s critics’ poll since 2001, and participated several times on the jury of the Sayan Ring festival in Siberia.
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)
Armenian-Turkish-Belgian ensemble Adana is the winner of Octaves de la Musique 2016 award in the world music category. The band aims to reconcile Armenian and Turkish cultures and is led by Armenian-Belgian Vardan Hovanissian (duduk) and Turkish-Belgian Emre Gültekin (saz, vocals). The rest of the ensemble includes Belgian musicians Joris Vanvinckenroye on double bass and Simon Leleux on percussion.
Adana recently performed at Babel Med Music world music showcase in Marseilles, receiving a standing ovation from the audience. People stood up at the end of the showcase to give them an ovation. An exceptional performance that shows the interest in this project reconciling Armenian and Turkish cultures.
Octaves de la Musique are the awards presented every year to artists living in Belgium (Wallonia-Brussels). They are handed out by professionals (booking agents, artist managers, record labels, artists, institutions).
Sines Festival (Portugal)
Philharmonie du Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
Rumi Fest (LV)
Festival Parfums de Musiques (France)
Le Salon du Bleu Café (Switzerland)
Ethno Port Festival (Poland)
Festival de Wallonie (Belgium)
La Chapelle de Verre (Belgium)
Photo credit: Adana photo by Fabienne Pennewaert
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