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Radio 3 Awards For World Music announce nominations for 2008 "Planets"

The BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music celebrate their seventh birthday with dazzling nominations from around the globe and add a brand new awards ceremony.


This year's awards introduce a new awards ceremony, the first of its kind in the awards' history, to be held at Dingwalls, Camden on 10 April 2008.


The event, for which members of the public can apply for tickets via the BBC Audience Lines, adds a new dimension to the awards alongside the traditional celebratory Poll Winners' Concert in the summer.


The April awards event will feature all the regular trappings of an awards ceremony, with live performances, videos, winners announced on the night and presented with their Planets.


The evening is being hosted by Mary Anne Kennedy (one of the new voices of world music on Radio 3) and is being recorded for broadcast the following night in a new, expanded, prime-time slot on Radio 3, from 7.00 to 8.45pm.


Full details of the awards ceremony including the live performers and tickets details will be announced next month.


The Radio 3 Awards For World Music are an internationally renowned mark of excellence and have been instrumental in helping many artists reach a broader international audience.


Last year's awards were broadcast live to over 25 countries, with countless more watching or listening online.


Designed by Croatian sculptor Anita Sulimanovic, the coveted Planet has been won by diverse luminaries such as Mariza, Yat Kha, Konono No. 1, Orchestra Baobab, Gotan Project, Ry Cooder, Manu Chao, Nitin Sawhney, Ali Farka Touré, Ibrahim Ferrer, Eliza Carthy and Gogol Bordello.


The nominees for this year's Planets include acclaimed Franco-Spanish pop star Manu Chao, trancey desert bluesmen Tinariwen and Algerian rebel rocker Rachid Taha. Malian ngoni virtuoso Bassekou Kouyate picks up two nominations including Best Newcomer, while the club friendly Balkan Beat Box are nominated in three categories.


Electro-tango outfit Bajofondo Tango Club (who play the Royal Festival Hall on 4 April) pick up two nominations. Other names to watch out for include sublime Cape Verdean diva Mayra Andrade (performing at the Barbican on 16 March in a double-bill with fellow nominees Son De La Frontera), South African diva Simphiwe Dana (QEH on 21 February), and the stunningly beautiful Sa Ding Ding, who has been described as China's answer to Bjork.


It is with great sadness that we note the passing of the remarkable Belize musician and champion of Garifuna culture, Andy Palacio, a nominee in the Americas category, who died on 19 January. Palacio's unique cultural contribution will be recognised at the award winners' ceremony in April.


The 2008 nominations:


  • Africa
    Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba (Mali)
    Toumani Diabate & Symmetric Orchestra (Mali)
    Tinariwen (Mali)
    Simphiwe Dana (South Africa)

  • Americas
    Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective (Belize)
    Hazmat Modine (USA)
    Bajofondo Tango Club (Argentina/Uruguay)
    Maria Rita (Brazil)

  • Middle East and North Africa
    Malouma (Mauritania)
    Nass El Ghiwane (Morocco)
    Rachid Taha (Algeria)
    The Idan Raichel Project (Israel)

  • Asia Pacific
    Anoushka Shankar (India)
    Faiz Ali Faiz (Pakistan)
    Huun-Huur-Tu (Tuva)
    Sa Ding Ding (China)

  • Europe
    Manu Chao (France/Spain)
    Ojos de Brujo (Spain)
    Son de la Frontera (Spain)
    Thierry Titi Robin (France)

  • Culture Crossing
    Balkan Beat Box (Israel/USA)
    Bole 2 Harlem (USA/Ethiopia)
    The Idan Raichel Project (Israel)
    Juldeh Camara & Justin Adams (Gambia/Britain)

  • Newcomer
    Balkan Beat Box (Israel/USA)
    Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba (Mali)
    Mayra Andrade (Cape Verde)
    Vieux Farka Touré (Mali)

  • Club Global
    Balkan Beat Box (Israel/USA)
    Bajofondo Tango Club (Argentina/Uruguay)
    Gaudi-Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Italy/UK/Pakistan)
    Transglobal Underground (Britain)

  • Album Of The Year
    Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba with Seque Blue

  • The Audience Award

  • World Shaker Award


Notes to Editors


Key dates


21 February: Nominee Simphiwe Dana performs at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

16 March: Nominees Mayra Andrade & Son De La Frontera perform at The Barbican, London.

4 April: Nominee Bajofondo Tango Club perform at the Royal Festival Hall, London.

10 April: The award-winners' Ceremony, Dingwalls, Camden, London.

11 April: Public voting for the Audience Award commences.

8 May: Public voting for the Audience Award closes.

5 July: Audience Award-winner announced on Radio 3 (World Routes, 3-4pm).

30 July: Poll Winners' Concert. Details to be announced.




Nominees for all categories, except for Album Of The Year, the Audience Award and World Shaker Award, are voted for by the 3,000 delegates to WOMEX, the annual World Music Expo.


An additional nomination in each of the geographical categories is chosen by music specialists at the BBC World Service.


The winners are then selected by the Radio 3 Awards For World Music jury (appointed and presided over by the BBC which does not have a vote in the process). Full details of the jury can be found at


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 from the overall nominations list on the Radio 3 website.


The World Shaker Award celebrates the work of an individual, outside the limelight, whose work has furthered the cause of world music. The award is decided by the Radio 3 Awards For World Music jury.


Biographies and further information on the artists can be found at


The Radio 3 Awards For World Music is a collaboration between Radio 3, WOMEX, fRoots, Songlines, Rough Guides and international music producers Serious.









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Category: Radio 3
Date: 05.02.2008
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