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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
Papa Noel (Congo)

nominated by Mich Coleman, Swansea:
'Papa Noel has been there and thereabout in Congolese music for several decades but it has only been in the last few years that he has received much attention in the West. Over the last year he has been involved in some of the finest releases in the world music field. First of all his retrospective CD "Bel Ami" and the wonderful release of his acoustic performance with Adan Pedroso. A few months ago a band of veteran congolese musicians led by Papa Noel called Kekele released one of the albums of 2001 "Congo Acoustic". Howver the main reason for my nomination of this sublime musician is the fact that he nearly died a few months ago. He is on the road to recovery but the greatest boost to encourage him to return to active musical activity would be for him to receive this award, an award which would be fully justified.'

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