Now in their fourth year, the Songlines Music Awards endeavour to celebrate and acknowledge the myriad of musical talent across the world that has been featured in Songlines magazine.
Voting for the 2012 Awards is now open in four categories:
The Best Artist and Best Group ategories are mutually exclusive, but a Newcomer and Cross-Cultural Collaboration could both fall into one of the other classifications.
Eligible artists for all categories are those who had albums reviewed in Songlines during 2011 (from issues #74 - #81 inclusive). The top four in each category from the public vote gives the final nominations, which will be published in Songlines #83 (April/May 2012). The Songlines editorial team will then select the winners which will be announced in June 2012, and a compilation album featuring all sixteen nominated artists will be released on 19 March 2012.
All voters will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win one of three pairs of tickets to WOMAD Charlton Park (July 26-29 2012), plus there are ten runner’s up prizes of the 'Songlines Music Awards 2011' CD up for grabs.
Click here to vote (the deadline for voting is midnight (GMT) on Tuesday 31 January, 2012).
2011's winners included: Femi Kuti(Best Artist), Bellowhead(Best Group), Afrocubism(Cross-Cultural Collaboration), Raghu Dixit(Newcomer).