The WOMEX 11 Label Award

WOMEX 11 Label Award

Already an institution in its 6th year, the annual WOMEX Label Award is hotly contested and warmly anticipated by all who value the contributions of independent record labels.

The WOMEX 11 Label Award goes to...

world village / Le Chant du Monde / harmonia mundi (France/USA/UK/Spain)

world village / Le chant du Monde / harmonia mundi

Chart-topping CDs:
  • Natacha Atlas: Mounqaliba - In a State of Reversal
  • Le Trio Joubran: As Far
  • Màrcio Faraco: O Tempo
  • Carlou D: Muzikr
  • Antonio Zambujo: Guia

Natacha Atlas Le Trio Joubran Marcio Faraco Carlou D: Muzikr Antonio Zambujo

world village / Le Chant du Monde / harmonia mundi will receive their Award on Sunday morning, 30 October 2011, at the Awards Ceremony accompanied by a WOMEX Networking Breakfast, both open to WOMEX delegates only.

Founded in 2001, the winner of multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards and the WOMEX 10 Label Award - world village - has made an indelible mark on the international music scene. The world village catalogue is truly without borders: from folk and modern music mix to jazz and popular music. It includes world-renowned artists such as Omara Portuondo, Antonio Zambujo, Yasmin Levy, Natacha Atlas, Carlou D, Lokua Kanza, Chucho Valdés, Mamadou Diabate, Terakaft, Marina Rossell, and Le Trio Joubran.

Le Chant du Monde is the oldest independent French label, founded in 1938. In recent years, the label has concentrated its efforts on the non-classical field, focusing on jazz, chanson, music for children, instrumental, and world music. Le Chant du Monde brings together contemporary artists who outlive ephemeral fashion trends: Màrcio Faraco, Gianmaria Testa, Aïsha Redouane, Juan Carmona, Al Kindi, Joana Amendoeira, Chet Nuneta, RaphaŽl Fays, and many more.

Both world village and Le Chant du Monde are led by experienced producers. Their production process is shaped by two key values: seeking bold talents worldwide and enjoying sharing them. The two labels are owned and distributed by harmonia mundi, a respected leader among classical music companies. With more than fifty years in the music business, the strength and reputation of harmonia mundi affords world village and Le Chant du Monde the many advantages offered by its rock-solid network of retail shops, local subsidiaries and world-wide distribution partners.

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Here are the remaining top-20 independent labels and their chart-topping albums/compilations: we list the top-5 releases for the first 10 labels and the top-3 releases for labels 11-20.

2 Lusafrica (France)
  • Boubacar Traoré: Mali Denhou
  • Mario Lucio: Kreol
  • Cesaria Evora: Cesaria Evora & ...
  • Teofilo Chantre: Mestissage
  • Idrissa Soumaoro: Djitoumou

3 Real World (UK)
  • Aurelio Martinez: Laru Beya
  • Dub Colossus: Addis Thru the Looking Glass
  • The Creole Choir of Cuba: Tande-La
  • Juju: In Trance
  • Syriana: Road to Damascus

4 Crammed Discs (Belgium)
  • Axel Krygier: Pesebre
  • Various Artists: Tradi-Mods vs Rockers
  • Various Artists: The Karindula Sessions
  • Various Artists: The Roots of Chicha 2: Psychodelic Cumbias from Peru
  • Various Artists: Radioclit Presents The Sound of Secousse Vol. 1

5 World Circuit (UK)
  • Afrocubism: Afrocubism
  • Cheikh Lo: Jamm
  • Fatoumata Diawara: Fatou
  • Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabate: Ali & Toumani
  • Fatoumata Diawara: Kanou EP

6 Jaro Medien (Germany)
  • Hazmat Modine: Cicada
  • Sergey Starostin: Zhyli-Byli
  • Jasper van't Hof's Pili Pili: Ukuba Noma Unkungabi
  • Oquestrada: Tasca Beat - O Sonho Português
  • Warszaw Village Band: Live

7 Naïve (France)
  • Vinicius Cantuaria & Bill Frisell: Lágrimas Mexicanas
  • Asa: Beautiful Imperfection
  • Debademba: Abdoulaye Traoré & Mohamed Diabi: Debademba
  • Feloche: La Vie Cajun
  • Geradro di Gusto: Imaginario

8 Cumbancha (USA)
  • Bombino: Agadez
  • Sergent Garcia: Una y Otra Vez
  • Luisa Maita: Lero-Lero
  • Luisa Maita: Lero-Lero Remixed
  • Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars: Rise and Shine

9 Fol Música (Spain)
  • Mercedes Peón: Sos
  • Uxía: Meu Canto
  • Various Artists: Musica Galega Hoxe
  • Various Artists: Cantigas do Camino

10 Soundway Records (UK)
  • Various Artists: The Sound of Siam
  • Curro Fuentes & the Big Band. Cumbia and Descarga Sound of Colombia 1962-72: Cartagena!
  • Michi Sarmiento y su Combo Bravo: Aqui los Bravos! The Best of Michi Sarmiento y su Combo Bravo 1967-77
  • Sweat Talks: Kusum Beat
  • Various Artists: Palenque Palenque. Champeta Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia 1975-91

11 Aito Records (Finland)
  • Maria Kalaniemi: Vilda Rosor
  • Svõng: Schladtzshe!

12 World Connection (The Netherlands)
  • Hanggai: He Who Travels Far
  • Blick Bassy: Hongo Calling
  • Deolinda: Dois Selos e um Carimbo

13 Contre-Jour (Belgium)
  • Habib Koite - Afel Bocum - Oliver Mtukudzi: Acoustic Africa in Concert
  • Kareyce Fotso: Kwegne
  • Afel Bocoum & Alkibar: Tabital Pulaaku

14 Wrasse Records (UK)
  • Iness Mezel: Beyond the Trance
  • Souad Massi: O Houria
  • Femi Kuti: Africa for Africa

15 Ondine (Finland)
  • Kronos Quartet, Kimmo Pohjonen, Samuli Kosminen: Uniko

16 Six Degrees (USA)
  • Vieux Farka Toure: The Secret
  • Azam Ali: From Night to the Edge of Day
  • Da Cruz: Systema Subersiva

17 Yat-Kha Records (UK)
  • Albert Kuvezin & Yat-Kha: Poets & Lighthouses

18 Outhere Records (Germany)
  • Asmara All Stars: Eritrea's Got Soul
  • Various Artists: Yes We Can. Songs About Leaving Africa
  • Various Artists: Comfusoes1. From Angola to Brasil

19 Essay Recordings (Germany)
  • Various Artists: Kosher Nostra - Jewish Gangsters Greatest Hits
  • Amsterdam Klezmer Band: Katla
  • Rotfront: Visa Free

20 Glitterhouse Records (Germany)
  • Lobi Traoré: Rainy Season Blues
  • Tamikrest: Toumastin
  • Various Artists: Tango Essential Sampler

Congratulations everyone!

Previous WOMEX Label Award Winners

The WOMEX Label Award, launched in cooperation with the World Music Charts Europe (WMCE) in 2006, has been presented to the following number one labels:

2010: world village / harmonia mundi (France/USA/UK/Spain)
2009: Crammed Discs (Belgium)
2008: Cumbancha (USA)
2007: Stern's (UK)
2006: World Circuit (UK)

Created as a joint project with the World Music Charts Europe (WMCE), the selection for the WOMEX Top Label Award is made using the monthly charts of 47 radio broadcasters from 24 countries. The rules: Since we are awarding chart success in creative production, we are counting the work of A&R teams from individual companies. Two or more labels in the same overall company under one direction are counted together. Different, autonomous A&R teams from different company locations are counted separately. Finally, if a given CD is simultaneously released by two different labels, it is credited to the label that has it in the greater number of territories. The eligible period is 10/2010 through 8/2011.

Special thanks to Johannes Theurer, World Music Charts Europe, for compiling the list.

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