Various Artists - Songlines Music Awards 2011
Varied and fluent tracks from world music awards shortlist
Kicking off with Femi Kuti’s throbbing Afrobeat anthem ‘Dem Bobo’, this is a superbly varied, fluent sequence of top tracks from the 16 nominees for the 2011 Songlines Music Awards. The foremost international music magazine stepped into the breach when the BBC ended their inspired Awards for World Music which boosted artists’ profiles worldwide while often raising reputations back home. Recently announced winners Femi Kuti, Bellowhead, AfroCubism and Raghu Dixit have each produced great albums. Still, noticeably, while there are a couple of women nominees and women in groups, gender representation suggest the music biz remains predominantly male.