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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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Awards Ceremony for the Alcobendas Flamenco New Talents 2018 on May 25

The Premios Alcobendas Flamenca Nuevos Talentos 2018 (Alcobendas Flamenco New Talents) Gala will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25th at the Paco de Lucía Auditorium at the Alcobendas Art Center in Alcobendas, Madrid.

The event will feature the winners of the 2018 edition: Paco Soto (guitar), Ángeles Toledano (cante/vocals) and Ángel Reyes (dance). Macarena Ramírez, the winning dancer of the previous edition in 2017, will be the guest performer.

 

Macarena Ramírez

 

Ángeles Toledano – Photo by Manu

 

Vocalist María de los Ángeles Martínez Toledano, better known as Ángeles Toledano, was born in the town of Villanueva de la Reina in Jaen. At 22 years old, she exhibits sensitivity and technique with the makings of a young talent.

 

 

The desire to excel and perseverance have rewarded dancer Angel Reyes and guitarist Paco Soto, who have previously tried their luck in previous editions.

 

Paco Soto

 

Paco Soto, born in Águilas, Murcia in 1991, shows originality and a good sense of rhythm.

 

 

Ángel Reyes – Photo by Toni Blanco

 

Angel Reyes, from Cordoba, was selected because of his footwork, clarity, spotlessness and good dynamics.

 

 

The three winners will also receive a video of their performance as a prize awarded by AIE, Society of Performing Artists. The Audience Award with votes through Facebook goes to young Huelva-born cantaora Beatriz Romero.

The gala will be presented by Teo Sánchez, director of the radio program Duendeando on Radio 3.

Alcobendas Flamenca Nuevos Talentos is part of the program of the Alcobendas Flamenca week, May 21 to 26 that brings together different activities around the world of flamenco and closes with the performance of Carmen Linares.

Friday, May 25 – 7:30 p.m.
Auditorio Paco de Lucía
Centro de Arte Alcobendas
Calle Mariano Sebastián Izuel 9
Metro (subway) station: Marqués de la Valdavia
Tickets at box office and ticketea.com
More information at www.alcobendasFlamencaNuevosTalentos.org

Macarena Ramírez

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Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita Winners of the International Songwriting Competition 2017 World Music Award

The song Fatiliku by Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and Senegalese kora player is the winner of the 2017 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) in the world music category. Daby Toure won second place and Gawurra (Australia) came in third.

 

 

The Grand Prize winners this year are Nicholas Miller (better known as Illenium), Annika Wells, Kate Morgan, and Michael Biancaniello for the song Crawl Outta Love Ft. Annika Wells. Illenium (along with co-writers Keeley Bumford, Henri Lanz, and William Rappaport) is also the First Place winner in the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) category for his song Fractures Ft. Nevve. The Grand Prize consists of $25,000 in cash (USD) and over $35,000 in additional prizes.

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita recently released a highly acclaimed album titled Transparent Water.

 

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita – Transparent Water

 

ISC honors 71 winners total, with prizes awarded to First, Second, and Third Place in 23 categories, plus an overall Grand Prize winner and the Peoples’ Voice winner, selected by public vote. An additional 274 winners are recognized with an Honorable Mention. Prizes include more than $175,000 in cash and merchandise.

For a complete list of ISC 2017 winners and to hear the winning songs, go to: www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners.

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Thornetta Davis Earns the 2017 International Songwriting Competition Blues Award

Thornetta Davis’s song I Believe Everything Gonna Be Alright is the winner of the 2017 International Songwriting Competition in the blues category. Altered Five Blues Band is number 2 and The Jimmy Zee Band is in the third place.

In 1987 Thornetta Davis became backup singer for the Detroit soul band “Lamont Zodiac and The Love Signs”. Subsequently, the lead singer left the band and the name changed to “The Chisel Brothers featuring Thornetta Davis”. In 1996 Thornetta released her first solo album Sunday Morning Music on the Seattle label Sub Pop. Her song “Cry” from that album was featured on the HBO hit series The Sopranos.

Thornetta recorded a live performance at an iconic venue (that no longer exists) located in Greektown in downtown Detroit: Thornetta Davis covered Live at the Music Menu. This album is an anthology of Thornetta’s most requested cover tunes.

In 2009 Thornetta released Remember Love On Christmas Day. Her latest album is Honest Woman (2016).

For a complete list of ISC 2017 winners and to hear the winning songs, visit: www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners.

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Bonnie Raitt Receives 2018 Folk Alliance International People’s Voice Award

Singer, songwriter and musician Bonnie Raitt has earned the Folk Alliance International’s 2018 People’s Voice Award. Presented annually, the award is intended to honor individuals who endeavor to take on social or political activism in conjunction with their artistic careers, as with 2017’s winner Canadian singer, songwriter and musician Bruce Cockburn who has highlighted issues like the environment, human rights and politics through his music.

Championing environmental issues since the 1970s, Ms. Raitt has spoken out against the oil and gas industries and is a founding member of MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy), as well as called for the protection of forests and fought for clean water. As an advocate for The Guacamole Fund, Ms. Raitt aids non-profit organizations working to the goals of sustainable energy forms and environmental protections.

Known also for her political activism and her humanitarianism for help for victims of the 2004 southeast Asia tsunami, Ms Raitt has also been a champion to the Little Kids Rock organization that provides free musical instrument to children and helped finance memorial headstones for musicians like Dick Waterman, Memphis Minnie, Sam Chatmon and Tommy Johnson.

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Welsh Songwriter Wins Spirit of Folk Award

Martyn Joseph

The award honoring individuals and organizations promoting and preserving folk music, Folk Alliance International has handed out one of its 2018 Spirit of Folk Awards to Welsh songwriter Martyn Joseph.

Mr. Joseph, having more than thirty studio and live recordings to his name like Nobody’s Fool (1984), Tangled Souls (1998), Run to Cover (2004) and Faith, Folk & Anarchy Live (2004), is also known for his fierce activism. He has supported causes such as Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra, Amnesty International, Christian Aid, Casa Alianza and in 2014 launched his own “Let Yourself Trust,” a nonprofit organization advocating for human rights and righting social injustice.

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