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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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