Dave Pegg (* 2 November 1947, ??).
Tom Paxton (* 31 October 1937, ??).
Pierre Bensusan (* 30 October 1957, ??).
Eleftheria Arvanitaki (* 16 October 1957, ??).
Barbara Dickson (* 27 September 1947, ??).
Cilla Fisher (* 26 September 1952, ??).
Bonga Kuenda (* 5 September 19426, ??).
Titi Robin (* 26 August 1957, ??).
Linda Thompson (* 23 August 1947, ??).
Márta Sebestyén (* 19 August 1957, ??).
John McCutcheon (* 14 August 1952, ??).
Maddy Prior (* 14 August 1947, ??).
Ian Anderson (* 10 August 1947, ??).
John Kirkpatrick (* 8 August 1947, ??).
Caetano Veloso (* 7 August 1942, ??).
Moya Brennan (* 4 August 1952, ??).
Arto Tuncboyaciyan (* 4 August 1957, ??).
Bobby Campbell (* 27 July 1942, ??).
Ian A. Anderson (* 26 July 1947, ??).
Luigi Lai (* 25 July 1932, ??).
Roger McGuinn (* 13 July 1942, ??).
Arlo Guthrie (* 10 July 1947, ??).
Peter Rowan (* 4 July 1942, ??).
Oumou Sangaré to Receive WOMEX Artist Award
Oumou Sangaré – internationally-beloved star singer from Mali – is to receive the WOMEX Artist Award at the 23rd edition this fall. Closing the most important showcase festival and conference for global music, Oumou Sangaré will not only be presented the Award but will perform live on stage in Katowice’s renowned NOSPR Concert Hall on Sunday, 29 October.
“This award is for all African women and people from all of Africa. They are the ones who have encouraged me to keep singing and writing songs. I am so glad and honoured to receive this award from WOMEX, one of the festivals that always believed in my music, and this is really the icing on the cake of my career. Thank you!” Oumou Sangaré, August 2017
Singing professionally from an early age, already providing for her family, Sangaré is not only famous for her Wassoulou pop music but for staying true to her original style in her many musical projects, including collaborations with the likes of Tony Allen and Herbie Hancock. Her presence is strong both on and off the stage. Her song lyrics address women's rights or vow against suicide, which she mirrors off stage with her work organising festivals and community projects.
To honour her dedication to activism and advocacy for the underprivileged in Mali and beyond, her exciting and innovative developments in Wassoulou music and her longevity as an internationally-beloved star, the WOMEX 17 Artist Award is presented to Oumou Sangaré. Earlier Artist Award winners include Calypso Rose (2016), Cheikh Lô, High Masekela, Mariza, Staff Benda Bilili and Totó La Momposina - see WOMEX Award Archive for a list of all winners.
Petr Dorůžka Receives 2017 Professional Excellence Award
Petr Dorůžka is a shining example of the role great journalist's play in disseminating global music. He is well-known for his world music programmes on both Prague Radio and Czech National Radio, as well as writing for many publications. His website is a much-frequented go-to pool of information among global music experts.
Through his life-long efforts to pass on not only information but the passion for this worldwide music, Petr Dorůžka has become a key journalist and a member of many important panels in world music. He’s been a part of the World Music Charts Europe almost since its inception (he got on board in 1992), has served in the fRoots Magazine’s critics’ poll since 2001, and participated several times on the jury of the Sayan Ring festival in Siberia…as well as serving as one of WOMEX’s 7 Samurai in 2007. He continues to earn himself the respect and praise of the musicians he writes about, promotes and consults as Jakub Nozicka of WOMEX 16 Showcasers Ponk points out: "Petr is not only a great journalist but also a relentless promoter of Czech music abroad. Ever since the early beginnings of Ponk band he was always willing to help – either by advice, criticism or contact. We are very thankful and grateful for his ongoing support." (Jakub Nozicka, WOMEX 16 Showcase artist)
Petr would not be Petr had he not suggested to use the attention created by the Awards, to sport a discussion on music journalism at WOMEX 17: "I am aware how many other music writers deserve this honour - and I accept the award only if we can read it as a statement: even if you live in a small country and speak a minority language, still you can have a vision. You can build bridges between yet unknown music and the adventurous audience. Let's see how this works in real life - on a panel discussion 'Heritage & Future: Reclaiming Roots' in Katowice." Petr Dorůžka, August 2017
The WOMEX Label Award
For the fourth time in a row, Glitterbeat takes home the WOMEX Label Award and will join us again in Katowice, Poland. The WOMEX Label Award is based on combined monthly chart results and the expertise of international experts including radio broadcasters and journalists. Glitterbeat is the label that has the most popular releases in the network this year.
Ferhat Tunç Risks Jail
The artist Ferhat Tunç risks 5 years and 8 months in jail after being charged for insulting President Erdogan. Additionally he may be detained for 6 years for ”making propaganda for a terrorist organization”.
The artist Ferhat Tunç from Istanbul has shared critical statements about President Erdogan in social medias. For his actions he has been charged for insulting the president. The frame of punishment for such an act is 5 years and 8 months in prison. In the court documents Tunç has been quoted saying things like “You managed to arrest more than 5 thousand Kurds, you did not even show any mercy to 74 year old Ahmet Türk who clings to life with a pace maker in his heart. You are cruel!”. He is also accused for sharing a cartoon of the Turkish president done by the internationally acclaimed cartoonist @LatuffCartoons. I addition to this, Tunç has also been charged for making propaganda for a terror organization. Among other things, the charge quotes Tunç of having expressed ”Concerns about Ocalan who millions of people call their leader should be overcome and the isolation ended”. This case has a potential punishment of 6 years in prison. The two court cases against Ferhat Tunç will happen in December 2018 and February 2018. Ferhat Tunç is the first well known artist in Turkey to receive charges like this since the failed coup attempt last year.
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