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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
Mabulu (Mozambique)

nominated by Mariamo Mussa, Berlin, Germany:
'This is definitely the group that represents the hope of our country after colonialism, a brutal civil war and two catastrophic floods.Two wonderful releases and very successful concerts in many European countries. This is more than just a band!!!'

Gordon Baxter, York:
'They bring together Mozambique's old and new musical traditions in a fusion that is lively and vibrant. They are one of the most dynamic live acts I have ever seen (I saw them at Don Valley Bowl this year) and they have already recorded two excellent CDs.'

Karla De Greeve, Belgium:
'Two strong and refreshing albums from a country that's not been very much in the 'musical' picture during the last years, a very warm and enthusiastic performance at the 'sfinks festival' in Belgium, and the original combination of old style marrabenta with hip hop and more modern dance styles! Innovative and every song is strong!

John Kilner, Leeds:
'Soul Marrabenta is a brilliantly refreshing collection of songs that has got to be one of the most exciting albums this year. It might not be one for the purists, but who really cares when there are bands generating music as good as this?'

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