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The BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music The BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music
Jury Biographies
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Ben Mandelson
Ben MandelsonBen Mandelson is a freelance record producer who has worked in all areas of world music. He is co-founder and A & R Manager / house producer for the 'GlobeStyle Records' label which has almost 100 releases to date from all over the world. And that's just one of a multitude of companies that benefit from his production talents.

Ben has on-site recording experience in Africa, the Balkans and beyond. He was Director of WOMEX 1994-1997. His current musical activity 'on the other side of the glass' is as member of Billy Bragg's fabulous orchestra, "The Blokes".


Charlie Gillett
Charlie GillettCharlie Gillett is a pioneer of world music, having provided first UK airplay on his radio show for a host of African and Caribbean artists, among them Youssou N'Dour, Arrow and Salif Keita, in a broadcasting career that spans thirty years. Author of The Sound of the City (first published in 1970; third edition 1996), Charlie began his broadcasting career on BBC Radio London in March 1972. He moved to Capital Radio where he worked from 1980 to 1990.

Since 1995, he's presented Saturday Night on BBC London Live where he has been host to all the main figures of world music in Britain as well as visitors including David Byrne, Taj Mahal and Dan Storper from USA , Francis Falceto (France) and Stan Rijven (Holland). Charlie was Sony broadcaster of the Year in 1991 and compiled the CD sets, World 2000 (Hemisphere) and World 2001 (Virgin). He is also co-director of the Oval record label and publishing company, whose 'Would You...?' by Touch and Go was a worldwide hit, 1998-1999.


Fiona Talkington
Fiona TalkingtonFiona Talkington presents the award winning programme, "Late Junction", one of a wide range of programmes on which she's worked since joining BBC Radio 3 in 1989.

She describes her musical interests as 'global' but has a passion for Beethoven and Handel's Messiah, Jan Garbarek and the music of the Nordic countries. Unlikely as it may seem Fiona's interest in Nordic music stemmed from meeting a group of Norwegian musicians in a cowboy night-club in Missouri! Her travels this year have included trips to the Molde International Jazz festival in Norway and to the Kuhmo Festival in Finland where, in the interests of broadcasting, she sampled tar liquor while cycling round a lake!

Fiona lives in Berkshire with her two children whose worst fear in life is the sound of the postman knocking on the door with yet more strange CDs for mum to listen to!


Jameela Siddiqi
Jameela SiddiqiJameela Siddiqi came to Britain as a refugee from Uganda in 1972. She studied English and History at Makerere University Kampala, and at the London School of Economics. She has worked as a television journalist, broadcaster and writer since 1976. She won a Sony Gold award for her series "Songs of the Sufi Mystics" on BBC World Service Radio (1997) and was presenter of the acclaimed Radio 3 series "Nights of the Goddess" (2000) which featured music from Mumbai.

She has compiled numerous albums and written liner notes for Indian classical, devotional and folk music CD's. She contributes to 'Living Music', 'Gramophone' and 'Songlines' and authored chapters on Indian music for both 'Rough Guides to World Music' and a forth-coming Cambridge University volume on World Music. She is currently writing for a CD-Rom on the origins and evolution of Indian Classical music. Her first novel, "The Feast of the Nine Virgins" - a comical thriller dealing with race, class and music - is published by Bogle L'Ouverture of London.

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