Songlines is one of the most important magazines in the music industry, and in particular that of the world music. As our readers know, from the “traditional” magazine – founded in 1999 with a precise publishing program, to bring that to the attention of an international audience the not mainstream musical productions, from Africa, South America, the Middle East etc. – today has assumed the profile of a subject that deals with music through different initiatives. Referring to the digital world – and then working in the interaction with readers – to expand its reach, and in charge of music through the many elements that characterize it: politics, territory, market, history etc. Among the most successful initiatives is the Songlines Music Awards, in addition to constitute a kind of competition for the many artists of which is the magazine, can be considered as an address book/handbook which refer to date with the releases of the best known artists and the work of emerging artists. The latter, in the ranking that compiles the preparation on the basis of comparisons with the magazine’s readers and followers of its initiatives, has been dedicated a specific category. This is the category “Newcomer”, through which those who have interest in the music world can get in touch with who is emerging on the music market. With those artists, that is, we still do not know or that (in cases where they have already produced a work) can not be reached as the others. In this category Songlines selected four names of which will surely hear about in the future: Olcay Bayir (for Neva/Harmony, produced by Riverboat Records), The Gloaming (for The Gloaming, produced by Real World Records), Ibibio Sound Machine (for Ibibio Sound Machine, produced by Soundway), Neuza (for Flor Bila, produced by Lusafrica). The other categories – the winners of which, like that of the “Newcomer”, will be decreed in next June – are divided into “Best artist” (Tony Allen, Julie Fowles, Seth Lakeman, Ricardo Riberiro), “Best Group” (Bellowhead, Show of Hands, Toumai & Sidiki Diabaté, Sondorgo), “Cross-cultural collaboration (Bake Beyond, Salsa Celtica, Robert Plant, Kronos Quartet).
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