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BBC3 Announces Nominees For Seventh Annual World Music Awards
Published November 12, 2007

The winning artists will be announced on April 17, 2008, at a winners ceremony in London to be broadcast on Radio 3 the following evening. The Poll Winners' Concert will be held later in the summer.

The BBC Radio 3 Awards For World Music celebrate their seventh birthday with a dazzling set of nominations featuring some of the best music artists from around the globe including acclaimed Franco-Spanish punk maverick Manu Chao, nomadic Malian bluesmen Tinariwen and Algerian rocker Rachid Taha.
 
Malian ngoni player Bassekou Kouyate picks up two nominations including Best Newcomer, while Balkan Beat Box are nominated in three categories.
 
The nominated artists in eight of the 11 categories were announced on Sunday 28 October 2007 at WOMEX (World Music trade fair) in Seville, Spain.
 
The nominees have been voted for by the delegates of WOMEX. The Album of the Year category is decided by a world panel of critics organised by fRoots Magazine. Voting for the final category - the Audience Award - is decided by _Radio 3 listeners and opens in February 2008.
 
Award partners Serious, WOMEX, fRoots, Songlines and the Rough Guides have once again begun voting for a special World Shaker category celebrating an individual outside the limelight whose work has furthered the cause of world music.
 
The winning artists will be announced on 17 April 2008 at a winners ceremony in London to be broadcast on Radio 3 the following evening. The Poll Winners' Concert will be held later in the summer.
 
Previous winners of the Radio 3 Awards For World Music include: Ali Farka Toure, Nitin Sawhney, Ry Cooder, Gogol Bordello and Ibrahim Ferrer.
 
The 2008 nominations:
 
AFRICA
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba (Mali) _Toumani Diabate & Symmetric Orchestra (Mali) _Tinariwen (Mali) _Simphiwe Dana (South Africa)
 
AMERICAS
Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective (Belize) _Hazmat Modine (USA) _Bajofondo Tango Club (Argentina/Uruguay) _Maria Rita (Brazil)
 
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
Malouma (Mauritania) _Nass El Ghiwane (Morocco) _Rachid Taha (Algeria) _The Idan Raichel Project (Israel)
 
ASIA PACIFIC
Anoushka Shankar (India) _Faiz Ali Faiz (Pakistan) _Huun-Huur-Tu (Tuva) _Sa Ding Ding (China)
 
EUROPE
Manu Chao (France/Spain) _Ojos de Brujo (Spain) _Son de la Frontera (Spain) _Thierry Titi Robin (France)
 
CULTURE CROSSING
Balkan Beat Box (Israel/USA) _Bole 2 Harlem (USA/Ethiopia) _The Idan Raichel Project (Israel) _Juldeh Camara & Justin Adams (Gambia/Britain)
 
NEWCOMER
Balkan Beat Box (Israel/USA) _Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba (Mali) _Mayra Andrade (Cape Verde) _Vieux Farka TourĊ½ (Mali)
 
CLUB GLOBAL
_Balkan Beat Box (Israel/USA) _Bajofondo Tango Club (Argentina/Uruguay) _Gaudi-Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Italy/UK/Pakistan) _Transglobal Underground (Britain)