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Russian World Music Awards 2018 Ceremony

Kedr folk band from Novosibirsk – Photo by Jora PhR

On December 8th, 2018, the Alexey Kozlov club hosted the solemn presentation of the first Russian prize in the field of ethnic music, the Russian World Music Awards.

On two stages at the same time there were such groups as: Khoomei Beat from the Republic of Tuva, Abstaktor from Voronezh, a young project Beneath the skies from Moscow, Unknown Composer from Arkhangelsk, and Taisia Krasnopevtseva from Moscow.

The winner of the 2017 Award, Seven Eight Band, closed the festival. A special guest was the master of Russian folk Sergey Starostin.

The Russian World Music Awards is the first professional award in Russia in the field of ethnic music. This year, 90 musical groups from 27 cities were presented to the jury in the following categories: Best ethnic project, Best authentic project, Best experimental project, Best new ethnic project, Best music journalist and Audience award. Voting was held with 12 judges, consisting of experts in the field of ethnic music from 9 countries.

Jury 2018: Andrey Klyukin — festival director Wild Mint, Russia; Roger Short — BBC Radio3, England; Arthur Rozhek — OFF Festival, Poland; Vadim Ponomarev — Russian journalist; Natasha Podobed — More Zvukov Agency, Germany; Kirill Kuzmin — Aga Khan music (AKMI), Switzerland; Vladimir Potanchok — FM Hudba Sveta, Slovakia; Nick Hobbs — Charmenko agency, Turkey; Peter Doruzka — journalist, Czech Republic; Marina Ivanenko — head of music business and entertainment Management Department, RMA, Russia; Maria Semushkina — Usadba Jazz, Russia; Jahangir Selimkhanov — member of the European Cultural Parliament, expert on cultural policy, Azerbaijan.

Organizers of RWMA: Natalia Myazina, Daryana Antipova and Yuri Romanov – Photo by Jora PhR

For three years now, founders of the Russian World Music Awards , Natalia Myazina and Daryana Antipova, have been supporting and motivating professional musicians whose work does not fit into the modern standard of popular music, but draws inspiration from the deep traditions of Russian ethnic culture.

The mission of the award is the development of world and ethnic music in Russia and abroad, improving the image of Russia in the modern world, and fostering good international ties, by promoting its rich and vibrant Culture, Music, History and Art.

Winners of Russian World music Awards 2018:


Best ethno project — Alash, Republic of Tuva

Maria Arkhipova from Arkona band gives awards to Alash band – Photo by Jora PhR

Best experimental ethno project — Khoomei Beat, Republic of Tuva

Khoomei Beat performance at RWMA – Photo by Jora PhR

Best authentic project — Drowned Songs Project, Irkutsk

Andrei Kotov gives awards to “Drowned songs” project from Irkutsk – Photo by Jora PhR

Best new project — Abstractor, Voronezh

Inna Zhelannaya gives awards to Abstraktor – Photo by Jora PhR

Best young project — Beneath the skies, Moscow

Academy gives prize to Beneath the skies project – Photo by Jora PhR

Sergey Starostin and “Beneath the skies” project – Photo by Jora PhR

Best journalist — Lev Belyakov, Moscow Folk Room radio program

Vladimir Potanchok from FM Hudba Sveta, Slovakia gives awards to Lev Belyakov, best ethno journalist

For contribution to the development of ethnic music in Russia — Ivan Kupala, St. Petersburg

Ivan Kupala – Photo by Jora PhR

Listeners choice – Unknown Composer, Arkhangelsk

You can watch the whole ceremony here:

More at: worldmusicawards.ru

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Rainforest World Music Festival Receives Asia-Pacific Excellence Award in Dublin


STB CEO, Sharzede Salleh Askor with the award together with Daniella Lupi, STB’s Assistant Digital Marketing Manager.

The Chief Executive Officer of Sarawak Tourism Board (STB), Sharzede Salleh Askor, received the Asia-Pacific Excellence Award for the category of Film & Video in Dublin on December 7, 2018.

The commendable promotional video of the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) 2018 won the award, outperforming videos by Marina Bay Sands and many other applicants.

STB was also shortlisted among the three finalists under the category in Travel & Tourism, in addition to receiving this award.

The Asia-Pacific Excellence Awards were created to honor the most outstanding achievements of communications professionals in their field. In addition to this, the Awards also provide an excellent networking forum for all attendees and take a comprehensive look at communications achievements across the Asian Pacific.

Coming into its 22nd year in 2019, the RWMF has become a world class event, receiving recognition worldwide, receiving accolades from music magazines and public relations awards.

RWMF was placed Top 25 Best Music Festival by Songlines Magazine, PATA Gold Award and the most recent Gold Award Special Tourism Event, to name a few.

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Neapolitan Ensemble La Maschera Wins the Andrea Parodi Awards 2018 in Cagliari

Neapolitan act La Maschera won the 11th Andrea Parodi Awards, the only Italian contest devoted to World Music. The Critics’ Awards goes abroad, to Cypriot band Monsieur Doumani. The contest was held November 8-10, 2018 in Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy) at the Teatro Auditorium Comunale.

Giuseppe Di Bella was nominated for the Special Mention for Best Lyrics in “Ncucciarisi” (sung in Sicilian).

Special Mentions for Best Music and Best Performance went to La Maschera (who performed the song “Te vengo a cerca”, (sung in Neapolitan and Wolof), while Monsieur Doumani (with “Gongs”) was furthermore nominated for the Special Mentions for the Best Reinterpretation of a song by Andrea Parodi, the Best Arrangement and was chosen as best Artists by the young people present in the theater.

 

Monsieur Doumani – Photo by Michalis Ashikkas

 

The International Critics Award went to the KOR vocal ensemble with “Albore” (in Logudorese). Finally, the Special Mention of the competitors themselves, was a draw between Feral Cor with “La Sajetana” (in Genoese) and Giuseppe Di Bella.

Aniello Misto also competed for the victory with “Aumm aumm” (sung in Neapolitan); Ararat Ensemble Orchestra with “Nietaan” (in Wolof); Dindùn with “L’amur” (in Piedmontese) and Terrasonora with “Padre vostro” (in Neapolitan and Swahili).

Before the winners were announced, there was a breathtaking jam session featuring the artistic director Elena Ledda, some of the artists in the jury and the Special Guests of the Awards, who had just performed, namely Peruvian Jorge Pardo, accompanied by the guitarist Francisco Rey Soto, Macedonian Stracho Temelkovski and, from Veneto, the D’Altrocanto Duo.

 

Daniele Cossellu – Photo by Gigi Marras

 

During the evening Daniele Cossellu, historical founder of the Tenores di Bitti “Remunnu ‘e Locu”, received the 2018 Hall of Fame Award. The award given each year to a prominent figure in the Italian cultural and artistic world.

The festival was created in honor of the distinguished Sardinian artist Andrea Parodi, who went from singer-songwriter with Tazenda to a highly valued solo career, of ethnic themes. Over the three-day events, all contestants and special guests performed one song from his repertoire.

Ottavio Nieddu and Gianmaurizio Foderaro presented the 2018 edition. The Grand Finale was broadcast live on the Facebook page of Rai Radio Tutta Italiana.

The winner of the “Parodi Awards” will have the opportunity to perform at the 2019 editions of the following events: the “European Jazz Expo” in Sardinia, Folkest in Friuli, the Negro Festival in Pertosa (Salerno), the awards of all awards – the Mei di Faenza, and at the Parodi Awards 2019, in addition to various other events and music programs to be announced. The winning group 2018, La Maschera will also get an 8-concert tour offered thanks to NuovoImaie (project financed with the funds of the art.7 L. 93/92), and a financial prize of 2,500 euros.

As Prize for the Critics Award, the winner will get a music video production offered by the Federation of Authors.

The finalists are the result of a thorough selection of the 220 contestants, coming from all over the world, from Mexico to Siberia, Senegal to Cyprus.

The Andrea Parodi Awards is organized by the homonymous Foundation thanks to: Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Founder), Department of Public Education, Cultural Heritage, Information, Sports and Entertainment and Department of Tourism, Crafts and Commerce; Fondazione di Sardegna, Cagliari City Council (patrons and sponsors), NUOVOIMAIE, SIAE – Italian Society of Authors and Publishers, Federation of Authors.

The Andrea Parodi Foundation can be supported through the 5×1000 destination and through cash contributions. All information can be found on the Foundation website: www.fondazioneandreaparodi.it.

headline photo: La Maschera – Photo by Gianfilippo Masserano

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Daniele Cossellu, founder of the Tenores di Bitti Wins Andrea Parodi Gold Award

Sardinian artist Daniele Cossellu, historical founder of the Tenores di Bitti “Remunnu ‘e Locu”, is the the recipient of the 2018 Andrea Parodi Gold Award (Premi Albo D’oro). The award is given each year to a prominent figure in Italian performing arts and culture scene.

Cossellu has spread the ancestral culture of Sardinian ‘canto a tenore’ among young people and throughout the world. He attracted the attention of Peter Gabriel, who produced the album “S’amore ‘e mama” by Tenores di Bitti in 1996, released on Gabriel’s famed Real World Records world music label.

The prize will be an object of artistic craftsmanship created ad hoc by Roberto Ziranu.

The eleventh edition of the Parodi world music awards, is scheduled to take place November 8 to 10 November in Cagliari at the Teatro Auditorium Comunale.

headline photo: Daniele Cossellu – Photo by Gigi Marras

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Winners of the 2018 Native American Music Awards Announced

The winners of the 2018 Native American Music Awards were announced on Friday, October 12th, 2918. The 18th Annual Native American Music Awards (NAMA) was held in the Events Center at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.

Event highlights included elder, actor Saginaw Grant, winner of Record of the Year for his spoken word contribution to “Don’t Let The Drums Go Silent;” Annie Humphrey who paid tribute to her late brother; and John Trudell, winner of the highly-coveted Artist of the Year; and pianist Connor Chee who performed with his 95 year-old grandfather Keith Chee and won Best New Age Instrumental Song their song, “Beginnings.”

One of the evening’s more touching moments was when The Pine Ridge Flute Society, a ten member group of High School students from the Oglala Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation, won for Flutist of the Year. Jaydin Peters, grandson of the group’s teacher Will Peters, gave one of the evening’s more emotional acceptances saying, “Where we come from, a lot of people are struggling, and when we created the Flute Society, we were dealing with suicide ideations in our schools across the reservation. So playing the flute brought us all together as a community and an extended family to create this music so that people can have something to escape to and our homeland can be proud.”

The Native American Music Awards was originally formed in 1998 to provide greater inspiration to Native Youth living on reservations and to offer a national platform to showcase American Indian talent.

Among the evenings performers were Seneca Nation’s traditional female vocal group, Newtown Women Singers Society who appeared with red ribbons on their shirts in honor of #MMIW (Missing Murdered Indigenous Women). Many other artists also wore red ribbons as provided by performer Tracy Lee Nelson and his wife, along with spoken word artist Thana Redhawk. Lee, dedicated one of his songs to raise awareness on the issue with “Every Lady Has A Right”.

Hall of Famer, Mickie James presented this year’s Hall of Fame induction for the late Jesse Ed Davis. Jesse was one of the most highly regarded guitarists and session guitarists of the 1960s and 1970s. He appeared on over 100 albums and recordings and recorded and toured with Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart and the Faces. He also played country with Willie Nelson, soul with Marvin Gaye, blues with B.B. King, pop with Neil Diamond, and folk with Arlo Guthrie. Jesse’s first cousins Richenda Davis Bates and Constance Davis Carter accepted the induction.

Over 16,500 individual voters participated in the Award’s national voting campaign.

2018 Winners:

Artist Of The Year
Annie Humphrey
The Beast and The Garden

Annie Humphrey

 

Debut Artist Of The Year
Calvin Standing Bear
Fly Eagle Fly

Calvin Standing Bear – Fly Eagle Fly

 

Debut Group Of The Year
Dreamwalker Suite
People of the Star Orchestra

People of the Star Orchestra

 

Best Female Artist
Kelly Derrickson
I Am

Kelly Derrickson

 

Kelly Derrickson – I Am

 

Flutist Of The Year
Pine Ridge Flute Society
Waziahanhan Siyotanka Okolakiciye

 

Pine Ridge Flute Society

 

Pine Ridge Flute Society – Waziahanhan Siyotanka Okolakiciye

 

Group Of The Year
Twin Flames
Signal Fire

 

Twin Flames

 

Twin Flames – Signal Fire

 

Best Male Artist
Randy Wood
Family

Randy Wood – Family

 

Best Americana Recording
Cluster Stars
Sandra Sutter

Sandra Sutter – Cluster Stars

 

Best Blues Recording
Blues Loving Man
Tracy Lee Nelson

Tracy Lee Nelson

 

Tracy Lee Nelson – Blues Loving Man

 

Best Country Recording
Never Let Me Go
Desja Eagle Tail

Desja Eagle Tail

 

Best Folk Recording
Signal Fire
Twin Flames

Best Native American Church Recording
Songs of the Native American Church from Oklahoma Vol 5
Oliver Littlecook, O.J. Littlecook, Kyle Robedeaux

Best Historical Linguistic Recording
Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
Jeremy Dutcher

Best Spoken Word Recording
Fires of Thunder
Thana Redhawk

Thana Redhawk

 

Best Instrumental Recording
Rushingwind
Steven Rushingwind

Steven Rushingwind

 

Best Pop Recording
Safe in the Arms of Time
Rita Coolidge

Best Pow Wow Recording
The Journey
Stoney Park

Best Rap Hip Hop Recording
Brave Star
Artson

Artson

 

Best Rock Recording
Something Inside Is Broken
Native American Rock Opera by Various Artists

Native American Rock Opera

 

Best Traditional Recording
Sweat Lodge Songs
Craig Elkshoulder

Best Waila Recording
All For You
O’odham Nights

Record Of The Year
Don’t Let The Drums Go Silent
Saginaw Grant

Saginaw Grant

 

Song Of The Year
Women and Water
Paco Fralick and Michael Bucher

Paco Fralick & Michael Bucher – Song of the Year

 

Best Single Recording
Left Right Left
Mickie James

Mickie James

 

Best Dance Song
Going Back To My Roots
Felipe Rose

Felipe Rose

 

Best New Age Instrumental Song
Beginnings
Connor Chee

Connor Chee

 

Best Music Video Concept
Sky World
Supaman, Bear Fox, Teio Swathe

Supaman, Bear Fox, Teio Swathe

 

Best Music Video Narrative
Lakota Will Live
Terrance. Jade

 

Best Music Video Performance
Through the Flood
Indian City

Indian City – Best Music Video Performance

 

Native Heart
Alexander Van Bubenheim
Don’t Let The Drums Go Silent

Best National Radio Program
Pow Wow Radio
Pow Wows.com

Best Indie Artist
P.J. Vegas
Tears

Patrick Vegas

 

Comedian Of The Year
Tonia Jo Hall

Hall Of Fame
Jesse Ed Davis

Richenda Davis Bates and Constance Davis Carter

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Anna Hildur to Receive the Tampere Music Award 2018

Anna Hildur

The recipient of this year’s Tampere Music Award is Anna Hildur. She worked over 20 years in the music industry initially as an artist manager and later as Managing Director of Icelandic Music Export and Program Director of the Nordic Music Export program NOMEX, founded in 2009.

Anna Hildur established groundbreaking projects such as the Nordic playlist and the Ja Ja Ja club night and festival, producing over 130 pieces of digital content and live broadcast from performances with Nordic bands. She was also the first chairperson of the European Music Export Exchange.

Anna Hildur’s role in establishing joint operations in Nordic and European music exports has been extraordinary. Nordic co-operation in music export continues to be strong and many of Anna Hildur’s decade-long cooperation models are still in active use.

Anna Hildur is the co-founder and producer of the newly-established, Reykjavik and London based film and TV company Tattarrattat. Anna initially began her career in media as a London-based radio and TV correspondent for Icelandic broadcasting and worked as a researcher and assistant producer on documentaries for NHK and BBC.

Anna is a prominent figure in the global music industry and a true flagbearer of Nordic music. I’ve had the privilege to work with Anna for several years, and she’s one of the most dedicated and sincere people I know in this business. I truly admire the passion and drive she has for her work,” said Tuomo Tähtinen, Managing Director of Fullsteam Agency, who has a long history of work with Anna Hildur on the NOMEX network.

The Tampere Music Award is awarded annually to acknowledge a person, organization or movement that has contributed extraordinarily to the development of the music industry. Award winner Anna Hildur tells about her career and her views on the industry’s development in a keynote interview at Music & Media on Friday, October 5th at 11:45-12:30.
Presented by Music & Media Finland and The City of Tampere, Tampere Music Award will be handed out at the Music & Media Industry Awards.

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The Latin Recording Academy to Honor 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés

The Latin Recording Academy announced August 30, 2018 that Erasmo Carlos, Dyango, Andy Montañez, José María Napoleón, Chucho Valdés, Wilfrido Vargas, and Yuri will receive the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.

In addition, Horacio Malvicino and Tomás Muñoz will receive the Trustees Award.

The honorees will be celebrated during a private ceremony to be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas on November 13th, 2018 as part of the 19th Annual Latin GRAMMY Week.

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The WOMEX 2018 Professional Excellence Award Goes to ShoShona Kish

Canadian artist ShoShona Kish will receive the WOMEX 2018 Professional Excellence Award. The award acknowledges her role in the ongoing revolution of upheaving indigenous communities and their culture using the medium of music as an agent of change.

ShoShona Kish is half of the duo that leads the band Digging Roots with her husband, Raven Kanatakta. Their music is a mix of folk-rock, pop, blues, and hip-hop. They have collaborated with Tanya Tagaq and DJ Bear Witness of A Tribe Called Red. Their discography includes Seeds (2006), We Are… (2009) and For the Light (2014).

On confirming her attendance to receive this award at the WOMEX 18, ShoShona Kish disclosed: “I am deeply moved to have this work recognized by WOMEX and in such an important global forum. For me, this award is not about my individual contributions. It is about shining a light on the beauty, relevance and importance of a collective community-led movement. Indigenous music is rising out of the silence and shadows of colonialism and we are reimagining and reclaiming the world through our eyes, through our own voice. It is the voice of resistance and the sound of resilience.”

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Kronos Quartet Recipient of 2018 WOMEX Artist Award

Acclaimed string ensemble Kronos Quartet is set to receive the 2018 WOMEX Artist Award. The award ceremony will include a live concert in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. WOMEX (World Music Expo) 2018 takes place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, October 24–28, 2018.

Kronos Quartet is a trailblazing ensemble that has collaborated with various world music artists. Several of the quartet’s albums combine western classical music and world music: Five Tango Sensations, Pieces of Africa, You’ve Stolen My Heart: Songs From R.D. Burman’s Bollywood with Asha Bhosle, Rainbow: Music of Central Asia Vol. 8, Folk Songs and the recent Ladilikan (with Mali’s Trio Da Kali).

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Lantiàs by Elena Ledda Wins the Città di Loano Award for Italian Traditional Music

Acclaimed Sardinian vocalist Elena Ledda’s album Lantiàs (S’Ard Music) has won the the National City of Loano Award for Traditional Italian Music for the Best Album of 2017.

Elena Ledda – Lantiàs

Now in its 14th edition, the Loano Award is the main recognition for traditional music in Italy and is presented every year to the best folk music productions by a jury composed that includes over sixty journalists.

The Loano Giovani Award, bestowed to the best music production by musicians under 35, goes to Lame Da Barba. The Career Award to Gastone Pietrucci / La Macina; and the Cultural Reality Award to Trouveur Valdotèn.

The 14th edition of the Awards will take place July 23 to 27, 2018 July in Loano (SV).

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