Public voting for the Songlines Music Awards 2012 is open…
This is the fourth year of the awards which “endeavour to celebrate and acknowledge the myriad of musical talent across the world that has been featured in Songlines magazine” during the past year.
As usual there are four categories – Best Artist, Best Group, Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Newcomer – each featuring a list of eligible artists whose albums have been reviewed in Songlines during 2011 (issues #74 – #81 inclusive). The top four in each category from the public vote provide the final nominations from which the Songlines editorial team then select the winners. Finalists will be announced in Songlines #83 (April/May 2012) and the winners published in the subsequent issue.
Click here for more information on the different categories. A compilation album featuring all 16 nominated artists will be released on Monday 19th March 2012.
As well as getting a chance to vote on the albums and artists you’ve most enjoyed in the past year, voters will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win tickets to WOMAD Charlton Park (July 26-29 2012), plus there are ten runner’s up prizes of the Songlines Music Awards 2011 CD featuring all of last year’s winners and nominees on offer.
Deadline for voting is midnight on Tuesday, January 31, 2012.
Click HERE to place your votes.
The Jan/Feb 2012 issue of Songlines (#81) is also out now and comes with a 15-track compilation CD featuring tracks from the ten Top of the World albums, including Yo-Yo Ma, Baloji, Tcheka and Gilles Peterson’s latest Havana Cultura release, as well as an exclusive playlist by broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby. The issue includes a bonus second CD featuring traditional music from Norway.
Don’t forget to check out the recently launched Songlines iPad edition which features the entire content from each print edition along with audio samples of its Top of the World & bonus CDs, plus live web links throughout. The first iPad edition, October #79, featuring Touareg rockers Tinariwen, is available to download free of charge, and future editions will be available to download as individual purchases or as part of an annual subscription through the Newsstand platform in the iTunes App store.