The Critics Award for the Album of 2003 is conducted by fRoots magazine. This year a huge panel of around 300 people took part, including journalists, radio presenters, promoters, record label and dealer staff, musicians and people from all walks of the roots business internationally. Check out the top four nominees below.
Artist: Abyssinia Infinite
Album: Zion Roots) (Network 24.971)
"Though quite sparsely furnished, this music is deep and powerful - a state-of-the-art marriage of ancient (handclaps, flute, harp) and modern
technology that aims to transcend both."
More on Abyssinia Infinite at our review page.
Artist: John Spiers and Jon Boden
Album: Bellow (Fellside)
"They are uncompromisingly committed to an English traditional style with all the usual reference points. Yet their music is also firmly of today..."
More on Bellow at our review page.
Artist: Oi Va Voi
Album: Laughter Through Tears (Outcaste)
".. a very polished album aimed at winning not the small klezmer audience, but those who buy Morcheeba and such."
More on Laughter Through Tears at our review page.
Artist: Rokia Traore
Album: Bowmbo´ (Label Bleu)
"..even in a good year this one would be outstanding, marking an even bigger jump forward for the artist than she made between her debut Moune´ssa."
More on Bowmbo´ at our review page.
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