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Isaiah Tongayi Garanewako The making of the Awards globe

'Isaiah is an artist living and working in Johannesburg, South Africa. As a child in rural Zimbabwe, he and his friends would use left over wire from fencing and other discarded debris, such as bottle tops, shoe polish tins and cans to build amazing individual vehicles.'

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Yat-Kha Roots Music in Russia
by Alexander Kan

'Ironically, world music, the way it is understood now, had been blossoming in the USSR long before the term was invented. Party ideologists thought of 'folk' music as 'the working masses' genuine spirit' and forcibly imposed it upon 'decadent' jazz and pop.'

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Babunandan Dhobi The Shrinking 'World' of Music in India
by Shefali Bhushan

'Music in India is as vast, varied and vibrant as the land itself, but only an infinitesimally small part is known or heard outside or even in the country nowadays.'

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Omar Feruk Tekbilek A Tough Call in the Middle East by Bill Badley

'What do veteran English folk rockers Steeleye Span, Spanish girl group Las Ketchup, modern Italian lute player Federico Marincola and German ethno-prog-rockers Dissidenten have in common?'

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Lila Downs Latin Links by Jon Lusk

'If there's one thing this year's four nominees for the Americas section have in common, it's the issue of identity. All of them have used music as a kind of psychic divining-rod in their respective quests to uncover more about their roots.'

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Susheela Raman collects her 2002 award Why Awards? by Katharina Lobeck

'It's never been an easy concept. World Music. Invented as an ostensibly harmless marketing concept in 1987, its whiff of exoticism and paternalism got up the noses of many critics...'

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La Bottine Souriante Lost in Translation by Jon Lusk

'Should non-Anglophone artists who find themselves performing in a language most of their audience don't understand start singing in English? Are lyrics that important anyway? Or is music more about grooves, hooks and ambience than words?' .'

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Eliza Carthy

Ellika and Solo

Gotan Project

Kasse Mady Diabaté

Kayhan Kalhor

Kimmo Pohjonen

Lila Downs

Los de Abajo

Mahwash and Ensemble Kaboul


Oi Va Voi

Ojos de Brujo

Omar Faruk Tekbilek

Orchestra Baobab

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Samira Said

Sergey Starostin

Susana Baca

Te Vaka

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Yair Dalal

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