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Soweto Gospel Choir

Soweto Gospel Choir is a vocal ensemble, performing in 8 different languages. its performances are an inspirational program of tribal, traditional and popular African gospel.

Under the direction of the notable choirmaster David Mulovhedzi, the Soweto Gospel Choir, draws on the best talent from the many churches and communities in and around Soweto. Since the Choir began touring internationally in early 2003 they have performed to nightly standing ovations, sold-out houses and rave reviews.

As well as traditional African Gospel, the ensemble also performs “Amazing Grace,” “Paradise Road,” and music by Otis Redding and the soul-styled reggae of Jimmy Cliff. The ensemble also features traditional dancers and drummers and a dynamic four-piece band.

In October 2004 the Choir completed a highly successful five week tour of the United Kingdom. In August they returned to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where they performed their new show Blessed to packed houses and rave reviews. A highlight for the Choir was the opportunity to onstage with Anastasia, Queen, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens and Annie Lennox, to an audience of 26,000 at Nelson Mandela’s Aids Fundraising concert in Cape Town in December 2003, which was broadcast around the globe on MTV.

The Soweto Gospel Choir commenced its first tour to the United States in January 2005 to great acclaim. This followed a two month tour of Germany and Spain.

Discography:

Voices from Heaven (Shanachie Records, 2005)
Blessed (Shanachie Records, 2006)
African Spirit (Shanachie Records, 2007)
Grace (Shanachie Records, 2010)
Freedom (Shanachie Records, 2018)

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Soweto Gospel Choir to Celebrate Nelson Mandela’s Centennial July 18th with A Song From Their Upcoming Album Freedom

On September 14, 2018 Soweto Gospel Choir will release its sixth Shanachie Entertainment recording, Freedom, a collection of freedom songs from South Africa and beyond, marking the Centennial of Nelson Mandela’s birth.

Soweto Gospel Choir Music Director Diniloxolo Ndlakuse said, “The significance of Nelson Mandela’s 100th commemoration to South Africans is, firstly and foremost a reminder of the role played by Nelson Mandela in moving South Africa from a position of being an undemocratic, oppressive society to one of a peaceful co-existence for all racial groups. Mandela represents love, peace, forgiveness and strength to the choir. He is a symbol of inspiration to the Choir.”

Soweto Gospel Choir sings in six of South Africa’s eleven official languages on Freedom but mostly in Zulu or Sotho, as well as English. The Choir’s first single is “Umbombela,” which means “train song,” is a composition that speaks of the travails experienced by black South Africans during the apartheid era, when migrant workers were forced to travel long distances away from their families in order to meet the harsh economic and political demands made by the government.

On October 4, 2018 Soweto Gospel Choir will start a US tour.

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Splendid Musical Tribute to Mother Earth

Ricky Kej – Shanti Samsara (Zee Music Company, 2015)

Shanti Samsara, the magnificent album by composer, producer and keyboardist Ricky Kej brings environmental awareness to the world. Ricky Kej brought together renowned international musicians from various genres to create an epic album.

The result is Shanti Samsara, an exquisitely-crafted album that combines cinematic Indian and western classical music traditions, world music from various continents, new age, Buddhist monks, a gospel choir and the voice of the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe. There is also spoken word featuring Sanskrit verses by Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan as well as narrations by Hollywood actresses Frances Fisher and Rosanna Arquette.

In this recording honoring nature, Kej includes the orchestral sounds of the outdoors: a tabla rhythm of rain drops; drums of thunder; sitar undulations of running water; and choirs of blooming flowers.

Shanti Samsara was created for presentation at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change 2015. What’s fabulous about this album is that it’s bringing awareness about the deterioration of our planet to audiences across the globe.

The lineup on the album includes dozens of musicians and singers from across the global. Guests include country music artist Gary Nicholson, Canadian singer Jennifer Gasoi, flute player Wouter Kellerman, the Soweto Gospel Choir, vocalist Ani Choying Drolma, veena virtuoso Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, zheng master Mei Han and lots more.

This production included stunning musical videos that we are sharing here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The CD booklet contains several pages of credits with beautiful, colorful artwork.

 

 

Shanti Samsara is a spectacular production that shows through music and spoken word the best humanity can offer.

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The World Music Grammy Awards go to Angelique Kidjo and Soweto Gospel Choir

The 50th Annual Grammy Awards were given in a ceremony held February 10, 2008, at Staples Center in Los Angeles (California). The Best Contemporary World Music Album Grammy Award went to Djin Djin – Angelique Kidjo (Razor & Tie Direct/Starbucks Entertainment), while the Best Traditional World Music Album award was given to African Spirit – Soweto Gospel Choir (Shanachie Entertainment)For the first time in many years, the Album Of The Year award went to a jazz album, Herbie Hancock’s tribute to Joni Mitchell, titled River River: The Joni Letters.

Other winners of categories related with world music or roots music include:

Best Latin Jazz Album

  • Funk Tango – Paquito D’Rivera Quintet (Paquito Records)

Best Tropical Latin Album

Best Traditional Folk Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.) 

  • Dirt Farmer – Levon Helm (Dirt Farmer Music/Vanguard Records)

Best Native American Music Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Best Hawaiian Music Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

[image4_right]Best Reggae Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  • Mind Control – Stephen Marley (Tuff Gong/Ghetto Youths/Universal Republic)

Best Bluegrass Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals

  • Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On) from Raising Sand
    Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
    [Rounder Records]

Other winners:

Record Of The Year

  • Rehab
    Amy Winehouse
    Mark Ronson, producer; Tom Elmhirst, Vaughan Merrick, Dom Morley, Mark Ronson & Gabriel Roth, engineers/mixers
    Track from: Back To Black
    [Universal Republic Records]

Album Of The Year

  • River: The Joni Letters
    Herbie Hancock
    Leonard Cohen, Norah Jones, Joni Mitchell, Corinne Bailey Rae, Luciana Souza & Tina Turner, featured artists; Herbie Hancock & Larry Klein, producers; Helik Hadar, engineer/mixer; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer
    [Verve]  

Song Of The Year

  • Rehab
    Amy Winehouse, songwriter (Amy Winehouse)
    Track from: Back To Black [Universal Republic Records; Publisher: EMI Music Publishing]

Best New Artist

  • Amy Winehouse

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Rehab
    Amy Winehouse
    Track from: Back To Black [Universal Republic Records]

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • What Goes Around…Comes Around
    Justin Timberlake
    [Jive]

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
(For established duos or groups, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Makes Me Wonder
    Maroon 5
    Track from: It Won’t Be Soon Before Long
    [Octone/A&M Records]

Best Pop Instrumental Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • One Week Last Summer
    Joni Mitchell
    Track from: Shine
    [Hear Music]

Best Pop Instrumental Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL tracks.)

  • The Mix-Up –
    Beastie Boys [Capitol Records]

Best Pop Vocal Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

  • Back To Black
    Amy Winehouse
    [Universal Republic Records]

Best Dance Recording
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances. Vocal or Instrumental. Singles or tracks only.)

  • LoveStoned/I Think She Knows
    Justin Timberlake
    Nate (Danja) Hills, Timbaland & Justin Timberlake, producers; Jimmy Douglass & Timbaland, mixers
    Track from: FutureSex/LoveSounds
    [Jive/Zomba]

Best Electronic/Dance Album
(For vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.)

  • We Are The Night
    The Chemical Brothers
    [Astralwerks]

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

  • Call Me Irresponsible
    Michael Bublé
    [143 Records/Reprise]

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Radio Nowhere
    Bruce Springsteen
    Track from: Magic
    [Columbia]

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
(For duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Icky Thump
    The White Stripes
    Track from: Icky Thump
    [Third Man/Warner Bros.]

Best Hard Rock Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • The Pretender
    Foo Fighters
    [Roswell/RCA Records]

Best Metal Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Final Six
    Slayer
    Track from: Christ Illusion
    [American Recording/Columbia]

Best Rock Instrumental Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Includes Rock, Hard Rock and Metal. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Once Upon A Time In The West
    Bruce Springsteen
    Track from: We All Love Ennio Morricone
    [Sony Classical]

Best Rock Song
(A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Rock, Hard Rock & Metal songs. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Radio Nowhere
    Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen)
    Track from: Magic
    [Columbia; Publisher: Bruce Springsteen]

Best Rock Album
(Vocal or Instrumental. Includes Hard Rock and Metal.)

  • Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
    Foo Fighters
    [Roswell/RCA Records]

Best Alternative Music Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  • Icky Thump
    The White Stripes
    [Third Man/Warner Bros.]

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • No One
    Alicia Keys
    [J Records/MBK Entertainment]

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Future Baby Mama
    Prince
    Track from: Planet Earth
    [Columbia/NPG Records]

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
(For duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Disrespectful
    Chaka Khan Featuring Mary J. Blige
    [Burgundy/Sony/BMG]

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • In My Songs
    Gerald Levert
    Track from: In My Songs
    [Atlantic]

Best Urban/Alternative Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Daydreamin’
    Lupe Fiasco Featuring Jill Scott
    Track from: Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor
    [1st & 15th/Atlantic]

Best R&B Song
(A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

  • No One
    Dirty Harry, Kerry Brothers & Alicia Keys, songwriters (Alicia Keys)
    [J Records/MBK Entertainment; Publishers: Lellow Productions/EMI April Music, Book Of Daniel Music/EMI Music Publishing, D. Harry Productions]

Best R&B Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

  • Funk This
    Chaka Khan
    [Burgundy Records]

Best Contemporary R&B Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

  • Because Of You
    Ne-Yo
    [Def Jam Recordings]

Best Rap Solo Performance
(For a solo Rap performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Stronger
    Kanye West
    Track from: Graduation
    [Roc-A-Fella Records]

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
(For duo, group or collaborative performances of Rap only. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Southside
    Common Featuring Kanye West
    Track from: Finding Forever
    [Geffen]

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
(For a Rap/Sung collaborative performance by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Umbrella
    Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
    Track from: Good Girl Gone Bad
    [Def Jam Recordings]

Best Rap Song
(A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Good Life
    Aldrin Davis, Mike Dean, Faheem Najm & Kanye West, songwriters (J. Ingram & Q. Jones, songwriters)(Kanye West Featuring T-Pain)
    Track from: Graduation
    [Roc-A-Fella; Publishers: Yellow Brick Road Music/Eiseman Music/EMI Blackwood Music/Please Gimme My Publishing/Careers BMG Music Publishing, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing]

Best Rap Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

  • Graduation
    Kanye West
    [Roc-A-Fella Records]

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Before He Cheats
    Carrie Underwood
    Track from: Some Hearts
    [19 Recordings/Arista Nashville]

Best Male Country Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Stupid Boy
    Keith Urban
    Track from: Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing
    [Capitol Records Nashville]

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
(For established duos or groups with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • How Long
    Eagles
    [Eagles Recording Co. II]

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
(For a collaborative performance, with vocals, by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Lost Highway
    Willie Nelson & Ray Price
    Track from: Last Of The Breed
    [Lost Highway Records]

Best Country Instrumental Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Throttleneck
    Brad Paisley
    Track from: 5th Gear
    [Arista Nashville]

Best Country Song
(A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Before He Cheats
    Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)
    Track from: Some Hearts
    [19 Recordings/Arista Nashville; Publishers: Big Loud Shirt Industries, Mighty Underdog Music/Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing]

Best Country Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  • These Days
    Vince Gill
    [MCA Nashville]

Best Bluegrass Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  • The Bluegrass Diaries
    Jim Lauderdale
    [Yep Roc Records]

Best New Age Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  • Crestone
    Paul Winter Consort
    [Living Music]

Best Contemporary Jazz Album

  • River: The Joni Letters
    Herbie Hancock
    [Verve]

Best Jazz Vocal Album

  • Avant Gershwin
    Patti Austin
    [Rendezvous Entertainment]

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo

  • Anagram
    Michael Brecker, soloist
    Track from: Pilgrimage
    [Heads Up International]

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group

  • Pilgrimage
    Michael Brecker
    [Heads Up International]

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

  • A Tale Of God’s Will (A Requiem For Katrina)
    Terence Blanchard
    [Blue Note]

Best Gospel Performance
(Tie)

  • Blessed & Highly Favored
    The Clark Sisters
    Track from: Live – One Last Time
    [EMI Gospel]

     

  • Never Gonna Break My Faith
    Aretha Franklin & Mary J. Blige (Featuring The Harlem Boys Choir)
    Track from: Bobby: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    [Island Def Jam]

Best Gospel Song
(A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Blessed & Highly Favored
    Karen Clark-Sheard, songwriter (The Clark Sisters)
    Track from: Live – One Last Time
    [EMI Gospel; Publisher: K. Sheard’s Melody]

Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

  • Before The Daylight’s Shot
    Ashley Cleveland
    [204 Records]

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

  • A Deeper Level
    Israel And New Breed
    [Integrity Music]

Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

  • Salt Of The Earth
    Ricky Skaggs & The Whites
    [Skaggs Family Records]

Best Traditional Gospel Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

  • Live – One Last Time
    The Clark Sisters
    [EMI Gospel]

Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

  • Free To Worship
    Fred Hammond
    [Verity]

Best Latin Pop Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  • El Tren De Los Momentos
    Alejandro Sanz
    [Warner Music Latina]

Best Latin Rock Or Alternative Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  • No Hay Espacio
    Black:Guayaba
    [Machete Music]

Best Latin Urban Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  • Residente O Visitante
    Calle 13
    [Norte]

Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  • 100% Mexicano
    Pepe Aguilar
    [EMI Televisa]

Best Tejano Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  • Before The Next Teardrop Falls
    Little Joe & La Familia
    [TDI Records]

Best Norteño Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  • Detalles Y Emociones
    Los Tigres Del Norte
    [Fonovisa Records]

Best Banda Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  • Te Va A Gustar
    El Chapo
    [Disa]

Best Traditional Blues Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  • Last Of The Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live In Dallas
    Henry James Townsend, Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins, Robert Lockwood, Jr. & David "Honeyboy" Edwards
    [The Blue Shoe Project]

Best Contemporary Blues Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  • The Road To Escondido
    JJ Cale & Eric Clapton
    [Reprise Records/Warner Music Group]

Best Polka Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  • Come Share The Wine
    Jimmy Sturr And His Orchestra
    [Rounder]

Best Musical Album For Children
(For albums consisting of predominantly music or song vs. spoken word.)

  • A Green And Red Christmas
    The Muppets
    Ted Kryczko & Ed Mitchell, producers
    [Walt Disney Records]

Best Spoken Word Album For Children
(For albums consisting of predominantly spoken word vs. music or song.)

  • Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows
    Jim Dale
    [Listening Library]

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling)

  • The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream
    Barack Obama
    [Random House Audio]

Best Comedy Album
(For comedy recordings, spoken or musical)

  • The Distant Future
    Flight Of The Conchords
    [Sub Pop]

Best Musical Show Album
(Award to the Album Producer(s), and to the Lyricist(s) & Composer(s) of 51% or more of a new score. (Artist, Lyricist & Composer names appear in parentheses.))

  • Spring Awakening
    Duncan Sheik, producer; Duncan Sheik, composer; Steven Sater, lyricist (Original Broadway Cast With Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele & Others)
    [Decca Broadway]

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
(Award to the Artist(s) and/or Producer(s) of a majority of the tracks on the album, or to the individual(s) actively responsible for the concept and musical direction and for the selection of artists, songs and producers, as applicable.)

  • Love
    (The Beatles)
    George Martin & Giles Martin, producers

    [Apple Records/Capitol Records]

Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
(Award to Composer(s) for an original score created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current legitimate motion picture, television show or series or other visual media.)

  • Ratatouille
    Michael Giacchino, composer
    [Walt Disney Records]

Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
(A Songwriter(s) award. For a song (melody & lyrics) written specifically for a motion picture, television or other visual media, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Love You I Do (From Dreamgirls)
    Siedah Garrett & Henry Krieger, songwriters (Jennifer Hudson)
    Track from: Dreamgirls
    [Music World Music/Sony Urban Music/Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax; Publishers: Miroku Music/Williamson Music/Black Chick Music Publishing, SKG Songs]

Best Instrumental Composition
(A Composer’s Award for an original composition (not an adaptation) first released during the Eligibility Year. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Cerulean Skies
    Maria Schneider, composer (Maria Schneider Orchestra)
    Track from: Sky Blue
    [ArtistShare]

Best Instrumental Arrangement
(An Arranger’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

  • In A Silent Way
    Vince Mendoza, arranger (Joe Zawinul)
    Track from: Brown Street
    [Heads Up International]

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
(An Arranger’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

  • I’m Gonna Live Till I Die
    John Clayton, arranger (Queen Latifah)
    Track from: Trav’lin’ Light
    [Verve]

Best Recording Package

  • Cassadaga
    Zachary Nipper, art director (Bright Eyes)
    [Saddle Creek]

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

  • What It Is!: Funky Soul And Rare Grooves (1967-1977)
    Masaki Koike, art director (Various Artists)
    [Rhino]

Best Album Notes

  • John Work, III: Recording Black Culture
    Bruce Nemerov, album notes writer (Various Artists)
    [Spring Fed Records]

Best Historical Album

  • The Live Wire – Woody Guthrie In Performance 1949
    Nora Guthrie & Jorge Arévalo Mateus, compilation producers; Jamie Howarth, Steve Rosenthal, Warren Russell-Smith & Dr. Kevin Short, mastering engineers (Woody Guthrie)
    [Woody Guthrie Publications]

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
(An Engineer’s Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses.))

  • Beauty & Crime
    Tchad Blake, Cameron Craig, Emery Dobyns & Jimmy Hogarth, engineers (Suzanne Vega)
    [Blue Note]

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
(A Producer’s Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses.))

  • Mark Ronson
    • Back To Black (Amy Winehouse) (T)
    • Littlest Things (Lily Allen) (T)
    • Rehab (Amy Winehouse) (T)
    • Version (Mark Ronson) (A)
    • You Know I’m No Good (Amy Winehouse) (T)

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
(A Remixer’s Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses for identification.) Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Bring The Noise (Benny Benassi Sfaction Remix)
    Benny Benassi, remixer (Public Enemy)
    Track from: Bring The Noise/Give It Up EP
    [Ultra Records]

Best Surround Sound Album
(For vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.)

  • Love
    Paul Hicks, surround mix engineer; Tim Young, surround mastering engineer; George Martin & Giles Martin, surround producers (The Beatles)
    [Apple/Capitol Records]

Best Engineered Album, Classical
(An Engineer’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.))

  • Grechaninov: Passion Week
    John Newton, engineer (Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Bach Choir & Kansas City Chorale)
    [Chandos]

Producer Of The Year, Classical
(A Producer’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.))

  • Judith Sherman
    • American Virtuosa: Tribute To Maud Powell (Rachel Barton Pine & Matthew Hagle)
    • From Barrelhouse To Broadway: The Musical Odyssey Of Joe Jordan (Rick Benjamin & The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra)
    • Górecki: String Quartet No. 3 ‘…Songs Are Sung’ (Kronos Quartet)
    • Strange Imaginary Animals (Eighth Blackbird)
    • Tchaikovsky: Three String Quartets, Souvenir De Florence (Ying Quartet)

Best Classical Album
(Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s) if other than the Artist.)

  • Tower: Made In America
    Leonard Slatkin, conductor; Tim Handley, producer; Tim Handley, engineer/mixer (Nashville Symphony)
    [Naxos]

Best Orchestral Performance
(Award to the Conductor and to the Orchestra.)

  • Tower: Made In America
    Leonard Slatkin, conductor (Nashville Symphony)
    [Naxos]

Best Opera Recording
(Award to the Conductor, Album Producer(s) and Principal Soloists.)

  • Humperdinck: Hansel & Gretel
    Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor; Rebecca Evans, Jane Henschel & Jennifer Larmore; Brian Couzens, producer (Sarah Coppen, Diana Montague & Sarah Tynan; New London Children’s Choir; Philharmonia Orchestra)
    [Chandos Opera In English]

Best Choral Performance
(Award to the Choral Conductor, and to the Orchestra Conductor if an Orchestra is on the recording, and to the Choral Director or Chorus Master if applicable.)

  • Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
    Simon Rattle, conductor; Simon Halsey, chorus master (Thomas Quasthoff & Dorothea Röschmann; Rundfunkchor Berlin; Berliner Philharmoniker)
    [EMI Classics]

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)
(Award to the Instrumental Soloist(s) and to the Conductor.)

  • Barber/Korngold/Walton: Violin Concertos
    Bramwell Tovey, conductor; James Ehnes (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra)
    [CBC Records]

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)
(Award to the Instrumental Soloist.)

  • Beethoven Sonatas, Vol. 3
    Garrick Ohlsson
    [Bridge Records, Inc.]

Best Chamber Music Performance
(Award to the Artists.)

  • Strange Imaginary Animals
    Eighth Blackbird
    [Cedille Records]

Best Small Ensemble Performance
(Award to the Ensemble (and to the Conductor.))

  • Stravinsky: Apollo, Concerto In D; Prokofiev: 20 Visions Fugitives
    Yuri Bashmet, conductor; Moscow Soloists
    [Onyx Classics]

Best Classical Vocal Performance
(Award to the Vocal Soloist(s).)

  • Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Sings Peter Lieberson: Neruda Songs
    Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (James Levine; Boston Symphony Orchestra)
    [Nonesuch Records]

Best Classical Contemporary Composition
(A Composer’s Award. (For a contemporary classical composition composed within the last 25 years, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year.))

  • Made In America
    Joan Tower (Leonard Slatkin, conductor; Nashville Symphony Orchestra)
    Track from: Tower: Made In America
    [Naxos]

Best Classical Crossover Album
(Award to the Artist(s) and/or to the Conductor.)

  • A Love Supreme: The Legacy Of John Coltrane
    Turtle Island Quartet
    [Telarc]

Best Short Form Music Video
(For an individual track or single promotional clip. Award to the Artist and to the Video Director/Producer.)

  • God’s Gonna Cut You Down
    Johnny Cash
    Tony Kaye, video director; Rachel Curl, video producer
    [American Records/Lost Highway Records]

Best Long Form Music Video
(For video album packages consisting of more than one song or track. Award to the Artist and to the Video Director/Producer of at least 51% of the total playing time.)

  • The Confessions Tour
    Madonna
    Jonas Akerlund, video director; Sara Martin & David May, video producers
    [Warner Bros.]
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