Winners of Radio 3 Awards For World Music 2007
The winners of the BBC Radio 3 Awards For World Music 2007 were announced on Radio 3's World Routes from the Pigalle Club on Saturday 31 March at 3pm.
Lucy Duran and Daniel Brown (journalist with Radio France International, English editor for the world music website Mondomix.com) hosted the event which saw intimate performances from Mahmoud Ahmed (winner in the Africa category) and Arto Tuncboyaçiyan (winner of the 2006 Audience Award with the Armenian Navy Band).
Lucy and Daniel were joined by members of the judging panel and other people with close ties to the music.
The winners were announced as follows:
- Africa – Mahmoud Ahmed
- Europe – Camille
- Asia Pacific – Debashish Bhattacharya
- Americas – Gogol Bordello
- Middle East/North Africa – Ghada Shbeir
- Newcomer – K'Naan
- Culture Crossing - Maurice El Medioni & Roberto Rodriguez
- Club Global – Gotan Project
- Album Of The Year – Savane, Ali Farka Toure
This year's awards present an opportunity to reflect upon the term World Music.
Twenty years ago, the movers and shakers behind promoting all forms of international music in the UK met and tried to think how best to group their musical discoveries. The aim was a term that would allow similarly curious listeners to walk into high street music shops and find what they were looking for.
Twenty years on, and the question is not "did it work?", it did. Records were sold in their thousands (sometimes millions) that would not have been otherwise. The real questions concern what World Music means and the extent to which a useful label is really a genre.
This year's list of nominees presents ample opportunity to engage in this debate.
Radio 3 has played an integral role in raising the profile of world music and its Awards For World Music have become an important event in the calendar of the world music community.
The station commits many hours each week to broadcasting a diverse range of music from the genre, incorporating cutting-edge, contemporary artists alongside some of the legendary players in programmes such as World Routes (Saturdays, 3pm), Late Junction (Monday to Thursday, 11.15pm) and Andy Kershaw (Mondays, 11.15pm).
The poll winners' concert will be held at the Barbican, London on Sunday 27 May and broadcast live on Radio 3.
Full list of nominees for the Radio 3 Awards For World Music 2007:
- Ali Farka Touré
- Bongo Maffin
- Mohamoud Ahmed
- Toumani Diabaté
- Anoushka Shankar
- Debashish Bhattacharya
- Fat Freddy's Drop
- Ben Harper
- Gogol Bordello
- Lila Downs
- Ojos de Brujo
Middle East/North Africa
- Les Boukakes
- Ghada Shbeir
- Natacha Atlas
- Yasmin Levy
- Etran Finatawa
- Nuru Kane
- Sara Tavares
- Aida Nadeem
- Maurice el Médioni & Roberto Rodriguez
- Ska Cubano
- Think Of One
- Balkan Beat Box
- Cheb i Sabbah
- Gotan Project
- Mercan Dede
Album Of The Year
- Ali Farka Toure - Savane
- Bellowhead - Burlesque
- Lila Downs - La Cantina Narada
- Toumani Diabate and the Symmetric Orchestra
2007 Audience Award
- Voted for online by listeners at bbc.co.uk/radio3
Notes to Editors
The Radio 3 Awards For World Music are organised in partnership with WOMEX (World Music Expo), fRoots, Songlines, the Rough Guides and event producers Serious.
The Awards compilation CD is produced by Union Square Music.
The nominations for the Awards For World Music are chosen by the delegates of WOMEX. The 2,000 or so delegates at this annual event each have a vote in all of the Awards categories (except for the Album Of The Year and the Audience Award).
In addition, music specialists at the BBC World Service choose one nomination in four of the five geographical categories. All of the nominations are then reviewed by the Awards For World Music jury (details of which can be found at bbc.co.uk/radio3) who choose the winning acts.
There are two categories in which the jury has no say. The Album Of The Year is voted on by a panel of critics assembled by fRoots magazine. The Audience Award is chosen by the general public, who vote for their own choices from the overall nominations list. It is the one Award which is only revealed on the day of the Awards Poll Winners Concert.
Radio 3 World Music programmes:
- Andy Kershaw – Mondays at 11.15pm
- Late Junction – Monday to Thursday at 11.15pm
- World Routes – Saturdays at 3.00pm