Since the BBC ceased its Awards For World Music after 2007, the fRoots Critics Poll Albums Of The Year continues in its own right as the de facto flagship industry awards. They have wide support including from all the previous partners in the BBC Awards.
The nominees for the 2009 awards have been announced:
NEW ALBUM OF 2009: NOMINEES
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba – I Speak Fula (OutHere)
Jackie Oates – Hyperboreans (Unearthed/One Little Indian)
Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara – Tell No Lies (Real World)
Khaled – Liberté (Wrasse)
Martin Simpson – True Stories (Topic)
Oumou Sangare – Seya (World Circuit)
Spiro – Lightbox (Real World)
Staff Benda Bilili - Très Très Fort (Crammed)
Tinariwen – Imidiwan (Independiente)
The Unthanks – Here’s The Tender Coming (EMI)
RE-ISSUE OR COMPILATION OF 2009: NOMINEES
Chris Wood – Albion (RUF)
Franco & Le TPOK Jazz – Francophonic Vol. 2 (Stern’s)
Various – Legends Of Benin (Analog Africa)
Various – Panama! 2 (Soundway)
Various – Three Score & Ten: A Voice To The People (Topic)
Woody Guthrie – My Dusty Road (Rounder)
The winner of Best Packaged Album of 2009 will be announced on 5th December.
As eagle-eyed readers will spot, 10 out of these 16 entries are Proper releases, which leaves us feeling quite chuffed. We’d like to take the opportunity to congratulate the artists and the labels for their respective accolades.