• NEXT EDITION
  • 23-27 OCT 2019
  • Tampere, Finland

WOMEX Awards

Since the introduction of the WOMEX Award in 1999, the list of extraordinary artists and professionals from our community deserving of this special praise has continued to grow. The award honours exceptional achievements in world music on the international level; musical excellence, social importance, commercial success, political impact, lifetime achievement – any or all of these might make one a worthy recipient. Learn more about our award statuette below. WOMEX presents three awards every year:

WOMEX 19 Award

Award Recipients 2019

Kayhan Kalhor

Artist Award


The award recognises the achievements of an individual artist or a musical group, and celebrates those who excel in the mastery of musical craft, who embody artistic distinction, dynamism and creativity, who use music as a medium of positive change, and offer a unique and committed vision.

Award Recipient 2019

Julie's Bicycle

Professional Excellence Award


The award honours exceptional achievements of an individual, group or an organisation in music. Musical excellence, cultural significance, advocacy and activism, lifetime achievement and a commercial success without compromise are all elements that may determine the Award Recipient.

Award Recipient 2019

Label Award

Label Award


The award is an annual award recognising the contribution of independent music record labels in the world music ecosystem. This award is derived from the yearly playlists of the members of the World Music Charts Europe (WMCE) and the Transglobal World Music Chart (TWMC).

To be announced soon

 

2018

Award Winners

2017

Award Winners

2016

Award Winners

About the Award

The WOMEX Award statuette was created at a time when there was no such thing as Asia or Europe, black or white, First or Third World.

The Award figurine is an ancient mother goddess statue, dating back about 6000 years to the Neolithic age. It was found in Haçilar in modern-day Turkey and bears witness to the existence of a matriarchal society. Such a female goddess appears in many ancient mythologies as an initial primal figure, representing fertility and procreation either as the earth itself or as a mother giving birth to the world and all the creatures in it.

Supporting musical creativity and fertility, it is only fitting that the mother of all and everything represents WOMEX’s tributes to the Award winners.

What better symbol for our widely varied fields of music?

See all award winners 2018 - 1999