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globalFEST Announces a Series of World Music Awards

globalFEST, the world music showcase held annually in New York City, has announced the creation of a series of awards that acknowledge leaders of professional and artistic excellence in the small but crucial global music field, who too often receive little recognition.

The Trouble Worldwide Award will be given in its first year posthumously to Alexandra Nova, for whom it was named. In future years, it will be part of the open nomination process to an industry professional. Nominees will exemplify Alex’s “generous spirit, which was artist centered, innovative, and risk-taking,” said the press release.

The Artist Award for sustained achievement will be given to an artist or group who has made an indelible mark with their music.

The Impact Award will go to an artist/group or professional/organization for their outstanding commitment to the field.

This year, in addition to launching the awards, for its 15th anniversary, globalFEST’s showcase night is moving to the heart of Manhattan, to Times Square. The venues include BB King’s Blues Club, its sister venue Lucille’s and the historic Liberty Theater.

More information: www.globalFEST.org

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Winners of the 28th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards Announced

The Earls of Leicester, winners of the Entertainer Of The Year category at the 2017 International Bluegrass Music Awards

The winners of the International Bluegrass Music Awards, hosted by Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, were announced yesterday evening, September 28, 2017. The Earls of Leicester won the prestigious “Entertainer of the Year” for the third year in a row. Awards were also presented to many first time recipients, including Molly Tuttle, the first female to win “Guitar Player of the Year.”

The award ceremony took place at the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. Awards were voted on by the professional membership of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA).

The recipients of the 2017 International Bluegrass Music Awards are listed below:

Entertainer Of The Year:

The Earls of Leicester

Vocal Group Of The Year:
Flatt Lonesome

Instrumental Group Of The Year:

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Song Of The Year:

I Am A Drifter” – Volume Five (artist), Donna Ulisse/Marc Rossi (writers)

Album Of The Year:

Mountain Voodoo – Balsam Range (artist), Balsam Range (producer), Mountain Home Records (label)

Balsam Range – Mountain Voodoo

 

Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year (tie):

I Found a Church Today” – The Gibson Brothers (artist), Eric Gibson/Leigh Gibson (writers), In The Ground (album), Eric Gibson, Leigh Gibson, and Mike Barber (producers), Rounder Records (label)

Sacred Memories” – Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers with Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White Skaggs (artist), Dolly Parton (writer), Sacred Memories (album), Joe Mullins (producer), Rebel Records (label)

Instrumental Recorded Performance:

Fiddler’s Dream” – Michael Cleveland (artist), Arthur Smith (writer), Fiddler’s Dream (album), Jeff White and Michael Cleveland (producers), Compass Records (label)

Emerging Artist Of The Year:

Volume Five

Recorded Event Of The Year:

I’ve Gotta Get a Message To You” – Bobby Osborne with Sierra Hull, Alison Brown, Rob Ickes, Stuart Duncan, Trey Hensley, Todd Phillips, Kenny Malone, Claire Lynch, and Bryan McDowell (artists), Original (album), Alison Brown (producer), Compass Records (label)

Female Vocalist Of The Year:

Brooke Aldridge

Male Vocalist Of The Year:

Shawn Camp

Banjo Player Of The Year:

Noam Pikelny

Bass Player Of The Year:

Alan Bartram

Dobro Player Of The Year:

Josh Swift

 

Fiddle Player Of The Year:

Patrick McAvinue

Guitar Player Of The Year:

Molly Tuttle

 

Mandolin Player of the Year:

Sierra Hull

 

Previously announced inductees into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame – pioneering bluegrass artists Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, master fiddler Bobby Hicks, and Roland White, whose impressive career includes contributions to several seminal bands – were honored at the show.

At the Special Awards Luncheon held earlier in the day, the recipients of the following awards were also announced:

Bluegrass Broadcaster of the Year:

Cindy Baucom

Bluegrass Event Of The Year:

Pickin’ in Parsons; Parsons, West Virginia

Best Liner Notes For A Recorded Project:

Bill Nowlin; J.D.Crowe and the New South (40th Anniversary Edition)

Best Graphic Design For A Recorded Project:

Casey Campbell; Mandolin Duets: Volume One

Casey Campbell – Mandolin Duets: Volume One

Bluegrass Print/Media Person Of The Year:

John Lawless

Bluegrass Songwriter Of The Year:

Tim Stafford

The previously announced 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award recipients – Norman Blake, Bluegrass Today, Louisa Branscomb, Fletcher Bright, and Silver Dollar City – were also honored at September 28th’s luncheon.

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Dónal Lunny to Receive Folk Alliance International Lifetime Achievement Award

Dónal Lunny

Acclaimed Irish musician Dónal Lunny will receive a Folk Alliance International Lifetime Achievement Award a during a special ceremony held during The ExChange, a Micro-Conference that is taking place this week, September 19-21, 2017 in Ireland.

A lifelong musician, Lunny has been at the vanguard of the Irish traditional music renaissance for over five decades. He was a founding member of various essential Irish bands such as Planxty, The Bothy Band, Moving Hearts, and Coolfin. He continues to maintain a busy international recording and performing career with Mozaik, Triad, ZoDoMo, Usher’s Island, and Atlantic Arc Orchestra.

Lunny holds the unique legacy of popularizing the bouzouki (a Greek instrument) in Irish music and has produced some of the most significant albums of the “Trad.” music revival since the 1970s.
Recording and production highlights include work with Kate Bush, Paul Brady, Elvis Costello, Indigo Girls, Sinéad O’Connor, and Clannad. In 2008 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Trinity College Dublin and was also made a member of the 250-member national Aosdána, honoring his outstanding contribution to the creative arts in Ireland.

Lunny has written music for many films and theater productions, and he continues to divide time between composing, performance, production, and teaching.

FAI commissioned a special edition, Lifetime Achievement Award documentary short-film, honoring Dónal Lunny. The film will be shown at the event Thursday and followed by a short performance with longtime collaborator Paddy Glackin.

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Petr Doružka Winner of 2017 WOMEX Professional Excellence Award

Petr Doružka

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.

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Malian Vocalist Oumou Sangaré to be Presented 2017 WOMEX Artist Award

Oumou Sangare – Photo by Ed Alcock

Malian vocalist and advocate Oumou Sangaré is the winner of the WOMEX 2017 Artist Award. The acclaimed singer will perform as part of the Showcase Festival and Professionals’ Meeting in Katowice, Poland this October.

This award is for all African women and people from all of Africa. They are the ones who have encouraged me to keep singing and writing songs. I am so glad and honored to receive this award from WOMEX, one of the festivals that always believed in my music, and this is really the icing on the cake of my career. Thank you!” Oumou Sangaré, August 2017

The award honors Oumou Sangaré’s dedication to activism and advocacy for the underprivileged in Mali and abroad, her innovative changes to Wassulu music and her longevity as an internationally-cherished star.

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Aida Gómez Receives the Gold Medal of Merit at Work

Aída Gómez

Renowned Spanish dancer and choreographer Aída Gómez is one of the recipients of this year’s Medalla de Oro al Mérito en el Trabajo (Gold Medal of Merit at Work) from Spain’s government. The award recognizes her brilliant professional career and her important work in boosting the performing arts.

Aída Gómez is currently directing the 12th edition of the Suma Flamenca festival, produced by the Community of Madrid (Madrid’s regional government). Suma Flamenca started June 6th and will run until June 25.

Suma Flamenca turns the region of Madrid into the European center of flamenco, with remarkable programming that includes top vocalists, guitarists and dancers.

Aída Gómez also directs the Madrid en Danza festival also produced by the Community of Madrid.

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Mauritanian Artist Daby Toure Winner of World Music Category in the International Songwriting Competition

Paris-based Mauritanian musician and songwriter Daby Toure is the winner of the International Songwriting Competition in the World [music] category. Dino Miranda from Maputo in Mozambique won second place and Shahed Mohseni Zonoozi and Salar Hamzei from Tehran, Iran came in third.

 

Dino Miranda

 

Shahed Mohseni Zonoozi and Salar Hamzei

 

The Grand Prize is awarded to Canadian singer Matt Epp and Morocco-born Manitoba-raised 16-year old Faouzia for their co-written song “The Sound Ft. Faouzia.” The Grand Prize winners receive $25,000 in cash (USD) and over $45,000 in additional prizes.

 

 

In addition to the Grand Prize winner, many other won their respective categories in ISC. The 23 categories include all genres of contemporary music, from rock to pop to jazz and more.

For a complete list of ISC 2016 winners visit: http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners

Entries are now open for the 2017 competition. For more information and to enter, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com

headline photo: Daby Toure by York Tillyer

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Federspiel’s Album “Smaragd” Wins German Record Critics Award

Smaragd” by Austrian band Federspiel won in two categories of the short list 1/2017 at the German Record Critics Award. “Smaragd” won in the Cross border and Traditional ethnic music categories.

The jury issued a statement through Heinz Zietsch about “Smaragd”: “Massive but none the less extremely agile, lively yet elegant – brass ensemble Federspiel, from the Austrian Wachau region, is exceptionally talented.

Alpine Folk Music arranged and played with great humor and a subtle irony, mixed with world music and old Austrian sounds to the beat of Landler and Waltz. Viennese zither and a music box season the sound of the wind instruments and a dash of synthesizer brings refreshing flavors to the table.

The septet radiates wild imagination, enthusiasm and delight in experimenting. Their humming, mumbling and whispering, yodeling and singing, up to the highest reaches of artistic creativity. And then all of it comes down like does a good wine: just like the “Smaragd”, the noble grape produced in the Wachau.”

 

 

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Austrian Band Alma Wins German World Music Award

Austrian act Alma won the 2017 German World Music Award “Festival-Ruth.” The Ruth is one of the four yearly awards from Rudolstadt-Festival, the biggest German World Music Festival TFF Rudolstadt.

Alma (meaning soul in Spanish) includes five musicians from Austria, four women and one man, with roots in Jazz, folk and classical music. Their music crosses boundaries, incorporating Alpine and Transalpine sounds from Central Europe.

The band will release its third album, titled Oeo, in June 2017.

The lineup includes Julia Lacherstorfer on violin, vocals; Evelyn Mair on violin, vocals; Matteo Haitzmann on violin, vocals; Marie-Theres Stickler on diatonic accordion, vocals; and Marlene Lacherstorfer on double bass, vocals.

Alma

Recent Alma-Videos:

 

 

 

A first Oeo teaser:

 

 

More at: www.almamusik.at

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Kalani Pe’a Wins Best Regional Roots Music Album Grammy Award

Kalani Pe’a – E Walea

E Walea (Kalani Pe’a Music) by Hawaiian artist Kalani Pe’a is the winenr of the Best Regional Roots Music Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

The other finalists were:

Broken Promised Land (Swallow Records) – Barry Jean Ancelet & Sam Broussard
It’s A Cree Thing (Canyon Records) – Northern Cree
Gulfstream (Octavia Records) – Roddie Romero And The Hub City All-Stars
I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax In The Evangeline Country (Valcour Records) – (Various Artists); Joshua Caffery & Joel Savoy, producers

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