Habib Koité (Mali)
nominated by Sue Ryrie, Liverpool, UK
'His CD 'Baro' is beautiful music steeped in tradition but also modern and accessible to all. A brilliant guitarist and one of the most charismatic musicians I have ever seen. Last June a small audience (of all ages) in a small park in Birkenhead sat spellbound throughout his performance. The next day a huge audience in a different (larger) park in Birkenhead all danced.'
Renée Missel, Doetinchem, Holland:
'Inspiring music and lyrics - a great live act'
Jiri Sindler, Czech Republic:
'Habib´s voice and guitar is very nice.'