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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.
Manu Chao
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
Csókolom
Gabi Lunca
Galldubh
Goran Bregovic
Habib Koité
Hevia
Jocelyn Pook
Kathryn Tickell
Kékélé
Kimmo Pohjonen
La Bottine Souriante
La Volée d'Castors
Lila Downs
Mabulu
Manu Chao
Mercedes Peón
Momo
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
Tarika
Tibetan Institute
Tinariwen
Trilok Gurtu
Värttinä
Vera Bila
Wai
Manu Chao (France)

nominated by David Mawson, London:
'He soaks up everything, filters it through his head and makes a party sound all his own.'

Brigid Hodgkinson, Northampton, UK:
'For his clear voice, sense of fun and music that obviously has a message - danceable, singable, joyous, and all that, without us understanding Spanish or Portuguese - refreshing Manu has made us want to understand his songs. We heard him in Greece this year where he is very popular too!'

Seb, Normandy, France:
'Makes one happy.'

Alasdair Liddell, Wotton-under-Edge, Glouscestershire:
'It's incomprehensible to me why Manu Chao is virtually unknown and unplayed in the UK. I discovered his music on holiday in France and have been advocating it ever since. An award would do more than anything else to raise his profile, his truly multicultural world view and, as the title of his latest album witnesses, his promotion of hope.'

Laurent, France
'We need him to open people's ears and drive them towards more "unknown" artists.'



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