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Haitian-Canadian Artist Wesli Wins the 2019 World Music Album of the Year Juno Award

Wesli during the Juno award ceremony

Haitian-Canadian artist Wesli is the winner of the 2019 Juno Award (Canada’s top music award) in the World Music Album of the Year category, for his impressive 21-song album Rapadou Kreyol. The album focal point is keeping the Haitian traditional music and instrumentation alive and well.

“I have two hearts,” said Wesli. “One is in Haiti, and the other is here in Canada, my chosen second homeland. Every time I do a new project, I have to approach it in two ways, one specifically dedicated to Haiti and our roots and culture, and another one dedicated to the welcome society that I am living in and that I’m grateful to.”

Wesli – Rapadou Kreyol

Upon receiving the award, an overjoyed Wesli said, “I really didn’t think I’d win, because everyone in the category [some of whom he’d worked with before over the years like Boogat and Cuban artist Telmary] are all so great, but I’m so thankful and grateful that I can represent Haitian artists in this way.” He’d been nominated once before, in 2007, as album Producer for Senaya, his band at the time, but this is his first win for his own music.

Named for rapadou, the tasty bamboo-wrapped fermented sugarcane often added to coffee, “This album is designed to revive our beautiful rhythms like Petro, Congo, Rada, Nago, Rara, the troubadour and voodoo rhythms, and our music in Yoruba language. These styles have almost no support from the mainstream media to keep them alive in the commercial society that we are living in,” Wesli notes. “Haitian music is the African Bible of the Caribbean. Our traditional percussionists know all the old ways and keep them. We can’t afford to lose them now. I have decided to do this roots revival album to remind us of who we are, where we are coming from, and what unites us.”

Sung entirely in Kreyol, Rapadou Kreyol features his own respectful take on the Haitian rituals of Lakou Dahomé and Lakou Congo, fusing rolling rara beats, bursts of brass, and just the precise electronic elements.

Each of the tracks is a different Haitian genre, like Congo and Daomé to represent joy, Nago and Djouba to represent contemplation and sadness. Each Haitian roots rhythm reflects different situations and requires different drums and instruments. Wesli adds, “One unique thing we do in all these genres is dance! We dance to everything in Haiti.

More information at wesliband.com/en/

headline photo: Wesli by Josué Bertolino

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Guitarist Cañizares Wins Best Flamenco Album Award at Spanish Independent Music Awards 2019

The album “El mito de la caverna” by acclaimed flamenco guitarist Cañizares is the winner of the Best Flamenco Album Award at Premios MIN 2019, Spain’s independent music awards.

El mito de la caverna is Cañizares’ 14th album and he describes it as a heartfelt tribute to his roots and traditions.

Cañizares is a classically-trained flamenco guitarist who bridges the worlds of flamenco and classical music.

More about Cañizares.

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Salif Keita Wins La Mar de Músicas 2019 Award

Salif Keita – Photo by Thomas Dorn

Acclaimed Malian singer Salif Keita has won the La Mar de Músicas 2019 Award. La Mar de Músicas is one of the leading world music festivals in Eutrope, held in Cartagena, Spain.

Salif Keita’s was given the award 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 been able to mix the deep tradition of his region with global sounds.”

Keita will collect the La Mar de Músicas 2019 award on Monday, July 22. That same day, he will perform a concert at the Cartagena festival.

More at lamardemusicas.cartagena.es/2019/

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Best Regional Roots Music Album 2018 Grammy Award Goes to Kalani Pe’a

Kalani Pea – No ‘Ane’i

No ‘Ane’i, the second album by Hawaiian singer-songwriter Kalani Pe’a is the 2018 Grammy Award in the category of Best Regional Roots Music. This category is dedicated to regional roots music within the United States.

Nominees

Kreole Rock And Soul – Sean Ardoin
Spyboy – Cha Wa
Aloha From Na Hoa – Na Hoa
Mewasinsational – Cree Round Dance Songs – Young Spirit

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Spanish Harlem Orchestra Wins Best Tropical Latin Album 2018 Grammy Award

Spanish Harlem Orchestra – Anniversary

The album Anniversary by legendary New York City salsa band Spanish Harlem Orchestra is the winner of the Best Tropical Latin Album 2018 Grammy Award.

Anniversary is the sixth album by the spectacular 13-piece all-star salsa big band led by pianist, composer and arranger Oscar Hernández.

Nominees

Pa’ Mi Gente – Charlie Aponte
Legado – Formell y Los Van Van
Orquesta Akokán – Orquesta Akokán
Ponle Actitud – Felipe Peláez

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World Music Contest Andrea Parodi Awards, Call for Submissions

The Italy-based international world music contest Andrea Parodi Awards is open to artists worldwide. The 2019 edition will take place October 10t-12, 2019. The application form is now available online, www.fondazioneandreaparodi. Registration is free.

 Among the prizes for the winner, a series of concerts and participation in some of the most important Italian music festivals in their 2020 Editions: from the “European Jazz Expo” in Sardinia to Folkest in Friuli, and the Negro Festival in Pertosa (SA) to the Mei di Faenza, not forgetting the very same Parodi Awards, further to other events to be announced. In addition to the aforementioned, the winners will be entitled to a € 2,500 scholarship. Whereas the winner of the Critics’ Awards will have a professional videoclip of their competition song produced, offered by the Andrea Parodi Foundation.

Applications must be sent by, and no later than 31 May 2019, using the format found online www.fondazioneandreaparodi.it (for information: fondazione.andreaparodi@gmail.com).

It must contain:

– 2 tracks (2 mp3 files, auditions or live recordings or definitive achievements, indicate which of the two tracks will be the chosen competition song);

– lyrics and translations (if need be) into Italian of the two pieces;

– artistic biography/curriculum (single or group);

The Awards aim to enhance the new trends in the music of peoples, albeit “World Music”, artists that mix the so-called folk or ethnic music with sounds and stylistic models of different origins.

The Artistic Commission established by the Foundation will select, in an anonymous way, from eight to twelve finalists among the applicants; the finalists will perform in Cagliari at the “Andrea Parodi Awards” Festival 2019, in front of a Technical Jury (professionals, authors, musicians, poets, writers and songwriters) and a Critical Jury (journalists). Both juries, as in previous years, will be composed of authoritative exponents of the sector.

Andrea Parodi

Andrea Parodi

The festival was created in honor of the illustrious Sardinian artist Andrea Parodi, who went from singer-songwriter with Tazenda to a highly valued solo career, of ethnic themes thanks to which he became an international reference of world music, collaborating with artists such as Al Di Meola and Noa.

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globalFEST Announces 2019 Award Winners

globalFEST has announced the four 2019 winners. The awards honor four individuals for their exceptional, visionary, and inspiring contributions to the cultural landscape in the American performing arts field.

gF Artist Award  Mighty Sparrow / Slinger Francisco


Mighty Sparrow

83 year-old Slinger Francisco, better known as Mighty Sparrow and affectionately dubbed The Birdie, is the incomparable Calypso King of the World.

With a career that spans over 60 years and counting The Sparrow is one of the most important living exponents of one of Caribbean music’s most important traditions, known for a combination of politics, daily life, humor, innuendo and dance music. Sparrow continues to translate his witty island authenticity to the world, in a one-man demonstration of the role that culture plays in uniting humankind. 

gF Impact Award Leigh Ann Hahn

Leigh Ann Hahn

Leigh Ann Hahn, who started at Grand Performances in 1992, is an endlessly creative and innovative programmer. She is a leading figure in the world music performing arts field who has done a remarkable job producing free programs that pay homage to her beloved Los Angeles and its diverse communities with global breadth, depth and power.

Her programs are uniquely multidisciplinary and frequently shine a musical light on significant historical, political and social events. 

Matthew Covey

Tamizdat, founded in 1998 by Matthew Covey and a group of musicians, has become a critical organization in the performing arts and cultural exchange fields. Tamizdat’s work facilitates cultural exchange by easing the burden of the visa process for artists entering the U.S through their programs TamizdatAVAIL, legal visa assistance, outreach, the Artist Mobility Forum, The White Paper Project and other activities.

Their mission is motivated by the conviction that the international mobility of culture is fundamental to a healthy and progressive global civil society and their work has enabled thousands of artists to perform on stages across the country.

gF Pioneer Award Lee Williams

Lee Williams

Lee Williams has worked professionally as a venue booking agent, promoter, and non-profit arts leader since 1982, playing a defining role not only in the music culture and community identity of Bloomington, Indiana, but also as a champion of world music in North America.

A co-founder of the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival and founder of the non-profit Lotus Education and Arts Foundation, Lee served as Director of Lotus from 1995 to 2013 and as Artistic Director from 2014 through his retirement in 2017. He also co-led the creation of the Midwest Consortium, a professional and block-booking network for world-music presenters that now includes peers from across the US and Canada.

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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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