Launched in 2008, the Songlines Music Awards celebrate and acknowledge the wealth of musical talent around the world featured in Songlines magazine. This album includes all 16 nominees in the 2014 awards, as voted for by Songlines readers and the general public. For profiles on all the nominees visit http://www.songlinesmusicawards.com This year's Songlines Music Awards winners' concert, featuring performances from all four winners (Bassekou Kouyaté, Tamikrest, Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita and Family Atlantica) will take place at The Sage, Gateshead, on November 6.
The world-music magazine's list of nominees is as colourful a snapshot as a weekend at Womad. --Clive Davis in The Sunday Times
Amid the koras and ouds, marvel at the unlikely fusions: hip-hop meets folk with Dizraeli & the Small Gods; Mozambique meets Norwegian minimalism with Monoswezi, and Balkan meets beats with Fanfara Tirana & Transglobal Underground. --John Bungey in The Times
As varied and as rewarding as an old-school mixtape. --Jane Cornwell in London's Evening Standard