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The Planet Awards - BBC Radio 3's Awards for World Music

The Planet Awards - BBC Radio 3's Awards for World Music - are now in their sixth year! For some time now The Planet Awards have been leading awards show for world music and one of the most important events of the music business year.

WOMEX, the world music expo has provided the voting academy for the Planet Awards ever since their inception in 2001. WOMEX is one of the valued partners of the Planet Awards, along with fROOTS, Songlines, and the Rough Guides.

For the 2007 event, the registered delegates of WOMEX and virtualWOMEX will be voting for three of the four nominees in the geographical Awards categories (the fourth nominee in each category comes from the BBC World Service music specialists). WOMEX delegates also choose all the nominees in the Cross-cultural Collaboration, Newcomer and Club Global categories.

As well as the categories voted on by WOMEX delegates, there are three more Awards.  The fRoots Album Of The Year is organized by fROOTS magazine; the BBC Audience Award is voted on by listeners to the BBC Radio 3 and BBC World Service; and the World Shaker Award – to someone who has made their contribution to World Music behind the scenes – is decided by the Awards jury.

For more details check the BBC Radio 3 website:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/worldmusic/a4wm2006/

The 2007 Planet Award nominations:

AFRICA
Ali Farka Toure (Mali), Bongo Maffin (SA), Mahmoud Ahmed (Ethiopia), Toumani Diabate (Mali)

AMERICAS
Ben Harper (US), Fonseca (Colombia), Gogol Bordello (US), Lila Downs (Mexico/US)

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA
Les Boukakes (Algeria/France), Ghada Shbeir (Lebanon), Natacha Atlas (UK/Egypt), Yasmin Levy (Israel)

ASIA PACIFIC
Anoushka Shankar (India), Dadawa (China), Debashish Bhattacharya (India), Fat Freddy's Drop (NZ)

EUROPE
Camille (France), Lo'jo (France), Mariza (Portugal), Ojos de Brujo (Spain)

NEWCOMER
Etran Finatawa (Niger), K'naan (Somalia), Nuru Kane (Senegal), Sara Tavares (Portugal)

CULTURE CROSSING
Aida Nadeem (Iraq/Denmark), Maurice el Medioni & Robert Rodriguez (Algeria-France/Cuba-US), Ska Cubano (UK/Cuba/Jamaica), Think Of One (Belgium)

CLUB GLOBAL
Balkan Beat Box (US), Cheb I Sabbah (Algeria/US), Gotan Project (France/Argentina), Mercan Dede (Turkey/Canada)