Songlines Music Awards: 2016 Winners

We're delighted to announce the winners of the eighth Songlines Music Awards which aim to put a much-deserved spotlight on some incredibly talented artists from around the world.

This year we've shaken up the awards, so as well as our usual Best Artist and Best Group awards - as voted by Songlines readers - we have five new geographical awards based on the reviews sections in the magazine, as well as the World Pioneer and Newcomer Awards chosen by our editorial team.

For a profile on the winners and streamed samples from each winning album, please click on the artist’s names below.

Mariza

BEST ARTIST
Mariza >

For the album Mundo on Parlophone

Africa Express

BEST GROUP
Africa Express >

For the album Terry Riley’s In C Mali on Transgressive Records

Songhoy Blues

NEWCOMER
Songhoy Blues >

For the album Music in Exile on Transgressive Records

Seckou Keita

AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST
Seckou Keita >

For the album 22 Strings on ARC Music

Lila Downs AMERICAS
Lila Downs >

For the album Balas y Chocolate on Sony Music
Debashish Bhattacharya ASIA & SOUTH PACIFIC
Debashish Bhattacharya >

For the album Slide Guirtar Ragas from Dusk Till Dawn on Riverboat Records
Sam Lee EUROPE
Sam Lee & Friends >

For the album The Fade in Time on Nest Collective Records
Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal FUSION
Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal >

For the album Musique de Nuit on No Format!
Chris Blackwell

WORLD PIONEER AWARD
Chris Blackwell

 

 

 

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Click to listenHear editor-in-chief Simon Broughton introducing and playing music from all of this year’s winners on the Songlines podcast, available as a free download on iTunes

Songlines Music Awards 2016 Winners

Songlines Music Awards 2016 CD

The official 19-track album, featuring the nominees in the five geographical categories, is now on sale exclusively from Amazon.

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