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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.
The Listeners Award
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
La Bottine Souriante (Canada)

nominated by Iain McQueen, Oxton
'Quite simply the most effusive, exhilarating, entertaining and original act to appear in the last 25 years!'

Ian Smith, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire:
'Their quality shines through as much on recordings as it does in their live shows. A splendid band full of fun and vigour.'

Paul Clarke, Harrogate:
'Their music is a superb mixture of traditional québecois, jazz and latin influences which, although that might sound implausible, really works and doesn't sound artificial. Our family has seen them twice and they have never failed to entertain everyone from the 7 year old to the adults, including the teenagers!'

Jane Bird, Milton Keynes:
'An excellent band who play with great energy, verve and precision. They not only act as ambassadors for Québecois music, but as a wonderful model of innovation and fusion of many different traditional and modern genres.'

Sam Sexton, Kenilworth, Warks:
'I'd managed somehow to catch only brief passages from them on Late Junction (which I'd enjoyed), but then driving home a few weeks ago I heard their live concert, not knowing who it was at first, but was captivated before it dawned on me it was indeed La Bottine Souriante - and ordered La Mistrine the next day. Magical, captivating, warming, joyous music!'

David Green, Cambridge:
'My vote for the Radio 3 World Music Awards goes to La Bottine Souriante as they play their music with such passion and exuberance. It is impossible to keep your feet still when they play Linton.' Cambridge

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