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The BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music The BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music
The Listeners Award
One of the main awards has been decided by you the listeners. The vote is now closed, and the winner will be announced on 28 January. The top four artists are listed below.

Afro Celt Sound System
La Bottine Souriante
Manu Chao
Orchestra Baobab

Click on the names below to read some of the comments by other listeners about their own choices. See below for the names of the
winners in our prize CD draw.
Orchestra Baobab
The nominations:
Abdullah Chhadeh
Afro Celt Sound System
Anoushka Shankar
Baaba Maal
The Boat Band
Bob Brozman
Cachaito Lopez
Caetano Veloso
Cheb Mami
Coco Mbsassi
Gabi Lunca
Goran Bregovic
Habib Koité
Jocelyn Pook
Kathryn Tickell
Kimmo Pohjonen
La Bottine Souriante
La Volée d'Castors
Lila Downs
Manu Chao
Mercedes Peón
Momo Wandel Soumah
Nitin Sawhney
Orchestra Baobab
Papa Noel
Peter Gabriel
Prem Joshua
Rachid Taha
Radio Tarifa
Rokia Traoré
Sekou Keita
Sussan Deyhim
Taraf de Haidouks
Tibetan Institute
Trilok Gurtu
Vera Bila

Orchestra Baobab (Senegal)

nominated by Nick Stevens, North Shields:
'They have returned - miraculous. Simple sounding music full of beauty, yet filled with emotion'

John Corrigan, Kirriemuir:
'I've been listening to their record "Pirate's Choice" since 1989 and thought that was all I'd ever hear. Since they reformed, I've been to see them - what a delight! Wonderful music, singing, rhythm and atmosphere.

FIona Hill, London:
'I went to see them recently at the RFH simply because I had heard some phenomenal reviews of their Pirate's Choice CD. One of the best concerts I've ever been to, I had a fixed grin on my face throughout, and immediately fell in love with their infectious African/Cuban sound.'

Janet Ingham:
'This is real "feel good" music. You can't help it - you just feel exhilarated. Just what you need to feel that life is not THAT BAD.'

Mathias Robin:
'Great relaxed grooves from Dakar and a superb live attraction.'

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