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by World Music Network December 17, 2013


Vote For WMN Artists In Songlines Music Awards!

Launched in 2008, the Songlines Music Awards celebrate and acknowledge the myriad of musical talent across the world that has been featured in Songlines magazine. Voting for the 2014 Awards is now open in four categories: Best Artist, Best Group, Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Newcomer. Scroll down to listen to each of World Music Network's shortlisted artists, andclick here to vote!

All voters will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win one of three pairs of tickets to WOMAD Charlton Park (July 24-27 2014), plus there are 10 runner's up prizes of the Songlines Music Awards 2013 CD featuring all of last year's winners and nominees.

Vote for WMN Artists in the Songlines Music Awards!

Debashish Bhattacharya - Beyond The Raga Sphere

Guitar legends John McLaughlin and Jerry Douglas collaborate with Indian slide guitar maestro Debashish Bhattacharya to explore Beyond The Ragasphere, accompanied by a galaxy of friends including tabla giants Pandit’s Bickram Ghosh and Tanmoy Bose and introducing the stunning vocals of Anandi Bhattacharya.

He is eligible for the Best Artist and Best Cross-Cultural Collaboration categories. Vote here!

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Nuru Kane - Exile

Nuru’s music, like the Baye Fall clothes he wears, is a patchwork. Exile, Nuru’s third album, charts his experiences living in Europe, far from his Senegalese homeland. Streams of influence from his life in France, his trips to North Africa and his time in urban London run deep throughout his sound. Here, his resonant Moroccan guimbri, along with guitars, kora and calabash, bounce and colour his luxurious deep singing voice.

He is eligible for the Best Artist category. Vote here!

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Lala Njava - Malagasy Blues Song

 Like the flora and fauna of her Madagascar homeland, Lala Njava’s music is distinctive and unique. Listen out for her silvery wandering voice, lush rolling guitars and rippling percussion on this, her striking debut album – her Malagasy Blues Song.

She is eligible for the Best Artist and Best Newcomer category. Vote here!

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Martín Alvarado and Horacio Avilano - Guitar Tango: Más Allá

 Martín Alvarado’s honey-sweet tenor tones take the lead and Horacio Avilano’s strutting guitar provides the accompaniment on this unique album of unadorned Guitar Tango: Más Allá.

They are eligible for the Best Group category. Vote here!


Etran Finatawa - The Sahara Sessions

The Sahara Sessions was recorded deep in the desert. Sheltered only by an animal-skin tent and the vast canopy of midnight stars, Etran Finatawa played their guitars and sang straight from the heart. Each poignant song and every slap of the calabash drum articulating the deep-set divisions in the Sahel region that are threatening their Nomad way of life.

They are eligible for the Best Group category. Vote here!

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Jyotsna Srikanth - Call Of Bangalore

Explore the beauty of Jyotsna’s South Indian violin on this sensitively crafted collection of Carnatic music. Adept at playing in many styles, Jyotsna’s elastic approach imbues her classical playing with a fresh energy that summons listeners to discover the elegant musical traditions of her home; this is her Call Of Bangalore.
She is eligible for the Best Artist category. Vote here!

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Monoswezi - The Village

Monoswezi’s music sounds fresh and wide-open: traits that owe to the bands marvelously multi-cultural inspirations. Expect gentle mbira, looping percussion, memorable sung melodies, and subtle saxophone.
They are eligible for the Best Group, Best Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Best Newcomer categories. Vote here!

Jaipur Kawa Brass Band - Dance Of The Cobra

Let loose the riotous trumpets, trombones, euphoniums, clarinet and loud, clattering drums of the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band as they romp their way through the joyous world of Indian brass from Rajasthani folk to Bollywood and beyond.
They are eligible for the Best Group category. Vote here!

Wayo - Trance Percussion Masters From South Sudan

Trance Percussion Masters Of South Sudan celebrates the joy of communal music making. The beating drums and hypnotic chants summon the ancient polyrhythms of Africa’s newest nation. Surrender to Wayo’s percussive musical potion with their pulsating debut album.
They are eligible for the Best Group category. Vote here!


Vote for your favourite artists and who knows, you might win tickets to WOMAD Charlton Park 2014!