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Venezuelan Vocalist Nella Wins Latin GRAMMY for “Best New Artist”

Nella – Photo by Sanne Gault

New York-based Venezuelan vocalist Nella won the 2019 Latin GRAMMY Award in the “Best New Artist” category, the first nomination and first win for the artist. The awards took place at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas on November 14 and were broadcast live on the Univision television network.

Nella also made her performance debut on the Latin GRAMMYs when she joined Spanish pop superstar Alejandro Sanz on stage for a performance of his Latin Grammy Song of the Year “Mi persona favorita” together with two other Best New Artist nominees, Aitana and Greeicy.

Nella’s debut CD “Voy” was released on May 31 on Casalimón Records. The CD was a collaboration with multiple GRAMMY-winning producer, composer and musician Javier Limón, who composed all except one of the songs on the album.

Nella dedicated her Latin Grammy win to her native Venezuela and “all those who, like me, have come from another country and every day are fighting for an opportunity. You are my inspiration.

“I feel very proud of Nella,” said Limón. “I wrote the songs on this album with my heart but her voice took them over the moon. She is the best vocalist of a new generation of artists ready to change the world with music and love”.

Nella – Voy

Following her Latin GRAMMY win, Nella will perform live on Univision’s national morning show Despierta America! on Friday, November 22.

Born Marianella Rojas in Isla Margarita, Venezuela, Nella cites pop divas Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and Celine Dion as her earliest influences. She left Venezuela at 21 to study voice at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

In addition to her debut CD, Nella also performed “Fin de Fiesta” on Javier Limón’s soundtrack to the film Everybody Knows, directed by Asghar Farhadi and starring Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz.

Nella will follow her Latin GRAMMY win with November concerts in Athens, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; and Fort Lauderdale and Cutler Bay in Florida. Concert details are listed below.

Nella in concert.

Nella (voice), Gilad Barakan (guitar), Paulo Stagnaro (percussion), Daniel Torres (bass)

Nov 18 Athens, OH Ohio University Memorial Auditorium
Nov 20. Chicago, IL Old Town School of Folk Music
Nov 22. Miami, FL. live performance on Univision TV Despierta America!
droppable-1573841698212 Nov 22 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Broward Center for the Performing Arts / Amaturo Theater
Nov 23. Cutler Bay, FL South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Ctr

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World Music Winners at the 2019 Latin Grammy Awards

The 2019 Latin Grammy Awards ceremony took place yesterday, November 14, 2019. We feature here the list of winners in roots music categories that are generally included under the world music umbrella.

Album Of The Year

El Mal Querer – Rosalia (Sony Music Entertainment España)

Best Salsa Album

Mas De Mi – Tony Succar (Unity Entertainment)

Best Cumbia/Vallenato Album

Yo Me Llamo Cumbia – Puerto Candelaria & Juancho Valencia (Merlín Producciones/Peermusic)

Best Traditional Tropical Album

Andrés Cepeda Big Band (En Vivo) – Andrés Cepeda (Sony Music)

Best Contemporary/Tropical Fusion Album

Literal – Juan Luis Guerra 4.40 (Universal Music Latino)

Best Tropical Song

Kitipun – Juan Luis Guerra, songwriter (Juan Luis Guerra 4.40) (Universal Music Latino)

Best Folk Album

Tiempo Al Tiempo – Luis Enrique + C4 Trio (Chazz Music/ Empire Records)

Best Tango Album

Revolucionario – Quinteto Astor Piazzolla (East 54 Entertainment)

Best Latin Jazz/Jazz Album

Jazz Batá 2 – Chucho Valdés (Mack Avenue Music Group)

Best Samba/Pagode Album

Mart’nália Canta Vinicius De Moraes – Mart’nália (Biscoito Fino)

Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album

OK OK OK – Gilberto Gil (Biscoito Fino)

Best Portuguese Language Roots Album

Hermeto Pascoal E Sua Visão Original Do Forró – Hermeto Pascoal (Scubidu Music)

For the complete list of winners, go to Latin Grammys

headline image: cover of Kitipun – Juan Luis Guerra

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Rosalía Wins Various 2019 Latin Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year For ‘El Mal Querer’

Spanish flamenco crossover artist Rosalia won Album Of The Year For ‘El Mal Querer‘ (Sony Music Entertainment España) at the 2019 Latin GRAMMY Awards. In addition, ‘El Mal Querer’ won the Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album, Best Recording Package (Man Mourentan & Tamara Pérez, art directors), Best Engineered Album (El Guincho & Brian Hernández, engineers; Jaycen Joshua, mixer; Chris Athens, mastering engineer).

Lastly, Rosalia and J Balvin’s “Con Altura” won Best Urban Song.

“There’s nothing that can make you prouder than winning a Latin GRAMMY,” stated Rosalia. “It’s the biggest thing that can happen.”

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Folk Alliance International Reveals Recipients and Inductees of the 2020 International Folk Music Awards

BeauSoleil, winner of the Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Awards (Living)

Folk Alliance International (FAI) has announced the award recipients and inductees for the International Folk Music Awards (IFMAs). The awards will be presented on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, on the opening night of FAI’s 32nd annual conference taking place in New Orleans, Louisiana. The IFMAs recognize folk music legends, unsung heroes, and rising talent.

Mahalia Jackson, winner of the Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Award (Legacy)
Preservation Hall , winner of the Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Awards (Business/Academic)

The Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Awards, named after FAI’s co-founder and determined by membership vote, are presented to honor the cultural impact of legendary folk music figures and organizations. The 2020 recipients are celebrated cajun band BeauSoleil (Living), the “Queen of Gospel” Mahalia Jackson (Legacy), and the iconic Preservation Hall (Business/Academic).

Ani DiFranco – Photo by GMDThree

Ani DiFranco will receive The People’s Voice Award, presented annually to an individual who unashamed embraces social and political commentary in their creative work and public career.

The Pickathon festival, based in Portland, Oregon, will receive The Clearwater Award, presented annually to a festival that prioritizes environmental stewardship and demonstrates public leadership in sustainable event production.

Spirit of Folk Awards, honoring those involved in the promotion and preservation of folk music through creative work, community building, and leadership, will be presented to Ake Lundstrom (Nordic Folk Alliance), folklorist/writer Ben Sandmel, Ellen Bello (Native American Music Awards), refugee-artist Ephraim Bugumba, Jan Ramsey (OffBeat Magazine),  and Laura Hassler (Musicians Without Borders).

This year’s inductees into FAI’s Folk DJ Hall of Fame include Holger Petersen (CBC, CKUA – Edmonton, Canada), Mary Katherine Aldin (past KPFK –  Los Angeles, USA), and Nick Spitzer (PRX – New Orleans, USA).

Following a compilation of year-end charts, FAI members will vote to determine the 2019 Album, Song, and Artist of the Year, which are announced and presented during the IFMAs.

More about Folk Alliance International

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Fanfara Station Wins Andrea Parodi 2019 World Music Award

Fanfara Station

Fanfara Station, a band formed by musicians from Tunisia, Italy and the USA won the 12th Andrea Parodi Prize, the only contest in Italy dedicated to world music. The group performed the song “Rahil” in Tunisian. Additionally, Fanfare Station also won the critic’s award and the best arrangement as well. The contest took place October 10-12, 2019 at the Conservatory “Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina” in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. The winners were chosen by three different juries.

The prize for the best lyrics went to Federico Marras Perantoni’s song “Canzona di mari n.2 – Fóggu e fiàra”, in Sardinian language.

The best music award was given to Elliott Morris (United Kingdom) for “The End of The World Blues”, in English.

The best performance prize went to “Suspiro” by Suonno D’Ajere, from Campania, sung in the Neapolitan language.

The award for the best performance of a piece by Andrea Parodi was won by Setak, from Abruzzo.

Togolese band Arsene Duevi’s song “Agamà”, in Ewe language, won the upcoming artist award.

The Andrea Parodi Foundation decided to assign a special mention to Krzikopa (Poland) who performed “Hasiorki” in the Silesian language.

The competition this year featured a large presence of foreign artists, including Acoustic Tarab Alchemy (from Tunisia and Lazio) with the song “Fattouma”, in Arabic; Saly Diarra (Senegal) with “Musow” in the Bambara language; Maribop (Spain) with “Un munnu dintra un munnu” in Sicilian and Basque languages.

The Albo d’oro (Golden) Award went to Daniela Zedda, photographer and photojournalist of international importance.

All the prizes are made by Maria Conte, a Sardinian goldsmith artist renowned throughout the world.

The event also hosted important guests such as Moni Ovadia and AdoRiza (Friday), Simone Cristicchi, Tosca and La Maschera, the winner of last year’s competition (Saturday). On Saturday there was also an extract from the show “Lingua Madre, Pasolini’s songbook”, with Duo Bottasso, Elsa Martin, Davide Ambrogio. This is an original production of the Premio Città di Loano, the Mare e Miniere festival and the Andrea Parodi Prize, an idea by Enrico de Angelis.

Moreover, various artistic lineups from the Cagliari Conservatory performed in all the three evenings, led by artist director Elena Ledda and conducted by Gianmaurizio Foderaro and Ottavio Nieddu.

The festival was created to honor and enhance the art of the talented singer and musician Andrea Parodi, who evolved from making pop with Tazenda to a highly valuable solo career where he recreated traditional roots music, thanks to which he became an international reference for Italian world music.

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Julie’s Bicycle Winner of WOMEX 2019 Professional Excellence Award

Julie’s Bicycle team photo at CG Awards 2017 – Photo by Angela Dennis

UK-based organization Julie’s Bicycle is the recipient of the WOMEX 2019 Professional Excellence Award. In a press release, Piranha Arts, the organizers of the World Music Expo, WOMEX, stated: “For their forward-thinking strategies to speed up the attainment of environmental sustainability in every facet of our industry and professional lives, for their rallying of artists and arts professionals from all over the world to speak and act in one powerful group, and for their status as a figurehead in the global arts movement in the face of climate change and ecological disaster.”

Julie’s Bicycle works in three primary ways: working with businesses individually to improve their environmental impact management; researching and developing resources for the use of all; and introducing, promoting and performing outreach for new ideas and sustainable business models.

On confirming their attendance to receive the 2019 WOMEX Professional Excellence Award, Director Alison Tickell on behalf of Julie’s Bicycle said: “Climate change and our environment are global challenges which necessitate a global response. Many of the most extreme impacts are being felt by the most vulnerable communities, often in the global south: justice, fairness and equity are at the heart of environmental action. This award is not just for Julie’s Bicycle team, but for all those music pioneers who are raising awareness, bringing together our kindred communities, regenerating music practice and protecting all beings that share our earth. Thank you WOMEX.

The WOMEX Professional Excellence Award honors exceptional achievements of an individual, group or an organization in music. Musical excellence, cultural significance, advocacy and activism, lifetime achievement and commercial success without compromise are all elements that may determine the Award Recipient.

More about Julie’s Bicycle.

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South African Artist Anna Wolf Wins 2019 Unsigned Only Music Competition

Anna Wolf,

The Unsigned Only Music Competition announced the 2019 winners. The 2019 Grand Prize is awarded to a South African artist, Anna Wolf, for the song “Believer.” The winner of the World Music award is OYME (Moscow, Russia) with the song “Vaya,” which is based on an Erzya folk song.

OYME performs traditional and contemporary world music based on the music of Mordovia, a region in Russia. It is characterized by polyphonic vocal styles, traditional instruments electronics.

Born in Pretoria, South Africa, Anna Wolf beat out almost 6,000 entries from more than 100 countries to be named the Grand Prize winner. The press release indicated that “Wolf is a singer with hauntingly beautiful vocals, and a songwriter with depth and vulnerability. The winning song, “Believer,” is a powerful track, inspired by Wolf’s desire to break the silence about domestic violence and serves as a personal refusal to become the victim of her circumstance.”

I feel such gratitude for this honor,” said Anna Wolf. “The message of ‘Believer” is burnt into every fiber of my being: to let go of expectations, to face my own vulnerabilities and to always keep faith that tomorrow will be the day I get to share my music with the world.”

In addition to winning $20,000 in cash (US) and $40,000 (US) in merchandise and services, Wolf also receives one-on-one mentoring from a group of upper-echelon music industry executives, including: Pete Ganbarg (President of A&R, Atlantic Records); Nick Haussling (Senior VP of A&R, Warner Records); Liz Cohen (A&R, RCA Records); Kim Stephens (President, Forward Entertainment / A&R, Lava Records); David Silbaugh (Talent Buyer, Summerfest); Brinson Strickland (President, Collective Artist Management); and Kristyn Ciani (Talent Buyer, C3 Presents).

Unsigned Only is now accepting entries for the 2020 competition. More information can be found at: www.unsignedonly.com.

Unsigned Only is open to all artists who are unsigned to a major record label and gives artists exposure, recognition, and validation for their artistry.

A total of $150,000 in cash and prizes is awarded to 38 winners, including an overall Grand Prize winner and a First and Second Place winner in each category. An additional group of Honorable Mentions were also selected. Over the years Unsigned Only has become an important source for discovering new talent. Since its inception in 2012, five Grand Prize winners have been signed to record labels.

The complete list of 2019 Unsigned Only winners:

Grand Prize

Anna Wolf (Pretoria, South Africa) – “Believer”

AAA (Adult Album Alternative)

First Place
Adrian Chalifour (Victoria, BC, Canada) – “Head Down Heart Up”

Second Place
Whitefield (Werrington County, NSW, Australia) – “Ivy”

Adult Contemporary (AC)

First Place
Madison Olds (Kamloops, BC, Canada) – “Thank You”

Second Place
CAEZAR (Gloucester, GLR, England) – “Hold On”

Americana

First Place
Kenny Foster (Joplin, MO, USA) – “Wood & Steel”

Second Place
Roger Street Friedman (New York, NY, USA) – “Everyday”

Blues

First Place
Layla Zoe (Victoria, BC, Canada) – “The Deeper They Bury Me”

Second Place
Teresa James And The Rhythm Tramps (Canyon Country, CA, USA) – “Forgetting You”

Christian

First Place
Avery Blank (Sedgwick, KS, USA) – “Not Over”

Second Place
Francesca Ani (Tampa, FL, USA) – “Heart On Fire”

Country

First Place
Tyler Dial (Phoenix, AZ, USA) – “Damn, Denver”

Second Place
Kaylee Bell (Waimate, CT, New Zealand) – “Keith”

EDM

First Place
Krane (Los Angeles, CA, USA) – “Movin”

Second Place
Friendzone (Salt Lake City, UT, USA) – “Neighbors”

Folk/Singer-Songwriter

First Place
Tom Freund (Venice, CA, USA) – “Freezer Burn”

Second Place
Clinton Clegg (Pittsburgh, PA, USA) – “Spain”

Instrumental

First Place
Roman Smirnov (Toronto, ON, Canada) – “Kuwaka”

Second Place
Symphonex Orchestra (Charlestown, RI, USA) – “Dreams In Bloom – The Encounter”

Jazz

First Place
Chico Pinheiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) – “Flor de Fogo”

Second Place
Chris Parker (Port Jervis, NY, USA) – “The Chimney”

Latin

First Place
Gio Cadario (Santa Cruz, Bolivia) – “Devuelveme”

Second Place
Teff (Caracas, Venezuela) – “Te Equivocaste”

Pop/Top 40

First Place
Cray (Norway) – “Monkey Wants Banana”

Second Place
Tia P (Inglewood, CA, USA) – “Come Together”

R&B/Hip-Hop

First Place
Alexander Lewis (Los Angeles, CA, USA) – “Pearl Magnolia”

Second Place
Coco Jones (Lebanon, TN, USA) – “Just My Luck”

Rock

First Place
Fink Tree (Poznan, Poland) – “Love Somebody”

Second Place
Dogtooth (Glasgow, Scotland) – “Trying To Save You”

Screen Shot

First Place
Bryan Elijah Smith (Dayton, VA, USA) – “In Through The Dark”

Second Place
Big Little Lions (Royston, BC, Canada) – “Find Your Tribe”

Teen

First Place
Carolyn Hao (Toronto, ON, Canada) – “Losing Count”

Second Place
Camryn Quinlan (Sayville, NY, USA) – “Monsters”

Vocal Performance

First Place
Rhia (Melbourne, VIC, Australia) – “Crystalline”

Second Place
Pedro Barbosa (Maputo, Mozambique) – “Crazy Love Is”

World Music

First Place
OYME (Moscow, Russia) – “Vaya”

Second Place
Kidum Kibido And Boda Boda (Bujumbura, Burundi) – “Nipe Nguvu”

Fandemonium Winner (winner selected by online public vote)

Corvyx (Staten Island, NY, USA) – “Alive”

Grand Slam Promotion Winners

Week 1 – Get Exposed Online With Digital Distribution and Promotion
Sara (Belgrade, Serbia) – “Player Of Mine”

Week 2 – Get Licensed With Your Music
Charlie Grant (Totnes, DVN, England) – “Black Lines”

Week 3 – Get Published With Your Songs
Goodnight, Sunrise (Toronto, ON, Canada) – “WVV”

Week 4 – Get Paid For Your Music
Dylan Holton (Ottawa, ON, Canada) – “I Used To”

Win Some Love Promotion Winners

First Place: Kat Beck (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) – “Hooked On Your Love”
Second Place: Maham Suhail (Lahore, Pakistan) – “Pauna”
Third Place: Angus Brill Reed (Adelaide, SA, Australia) – “Be You”

Video Only Promotion Winners

Professional Video Winner
Tia P (Inglewood, CA, USA) – “Come Together”

Homemade Video Winner
Matt Ellis (Sydney, NSW, Australia) – “Some People”

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Áššu Wins the German Record Critics’ Award


Áššu – Áššu

Áššu’s album Áššu has won The German Record Critics’ Award (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik), Longlist 3/2019, Weltmusik (world music).

Áššu

Áššu includes Ulla Pirttijarvi (Finland) on vocals, joiks; Harald Skullerud (Norway) on percussion, calimba, calabas, harmonium; and Olav Torget (Norway) on baritone guitar, konting, oilcan guitar.

Áššu – Ulla Pirttijärvi

On behalf of the jury, Johannes Kneihs stated “Rough and with electrifying energy, singer Ulla Pirttijärvi from the Finnish part of Lapland “joiks” about people and others bring West African elements into the game – which fits surprisingly well and clearly convincing better than other pop-joik adaptations from Finland or Norway in past years. A rousing debut album, it makes you curious and wants more.”

Áššu – Harald Skullerud
Áššu – Olav Torget

Áššu recently performed at Etno-Espa in Helsinki 9th of August, 2019.

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Iranian Musician Kayhan Kalhor Wins WOMEX Artist Award 2019

Kayhan Kalhor – Photo by Todd Rosenberg

The World Music Expo (WOMEX) announced today that Iranian kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor (Iran/USA) is the winner of the WOMEX Artist Award 2019.

Kalhor is set to receive the prominent award at the 25th anniversary edition of WOMEX in Tampere, Finland, on Sunday, October 27, 2019. Kayhan Kalhor will perform as a duo together with Erdal Erzincan on bağlama in what will be the final concert of WOMEX 2019.

Kayhan Kalhor stated: “Receiving the WOMEX Artist Award means so much to me. The award is recognition of the rich culture of my homeland Iran and an ageless Persian art that thrives and is beloved throughout the world. As forces arise across the globe and push for divisiveness, borders and intolerance, music brings us together and reminds us of our common humanity. As a citizen of the world, I am humbled by this recognition and stand with artists whose music fosters unity.”

The WOMEX 2019 closing ceremony will also include the Award for Professional Excellence and the annual Label Award, both of which are yet to be announced.

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Salif Keita to Receive La Mar de Musicas Award

Salif Keita – Photo by Thomas Dorn

Malian world music star Salif Keita is the winner of La Mar de Musicas Award. La Mar de Musicas is a highly respected world music festival held in Spain.

The festival gave the award to Salif Keita for “having overcome all kinds of prejudices inside and outside Africa in his defense of the population with albinism and those who sing without belonging to the griot caste, and for the inspiration of his powerful voice, having managed to mix the deep tradition of his region with global sounds.”

Keita will receive his award tomorrow, Monday, July 22, 2019.

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