Making Russian world music visible to the world
In October 2021, Russia’s first world music chart, the Russian World Music Chart (RWMC), was launched. The purpose of RWMC is to attract the attention of the world music community to the novelties of folk music of multinational Russia, as well as popularization and assistance in promoting unique musicians from remote corners of Russia in the Russian Federation and abroad. With this project we want to celebrate the independent recording world, the music label business and the media that brings the artists to the community. We hope to support the artist community with this project and to have the direct impact on attracting and supporting people who have historically been underserved and underrepresented.
In total, 40 albums in the genre of world, ethnic and folk music, published in 2021, participate in the chart including 12 albums of authentic music from 15 labels.
The international jury, which includes 16 representatives from Australia, Norway, the USA, Hungary, Slovakia, Germany, Belgium, Catalonia, the Czech Republic and Russia, selected and announced the 20 best albums by the end of the year.
Among them there are radio journalists, authors of music columns in the best publications of the world devoted to folk music. We invite to the jury only those experts who really put in their rotation or write about Russian artists on a regular basis. For the participants of the chart — this is a real chance to sound to the whole world!
We picked out 12 Artists from the 20.
1) Staritsa — Кotok (Klyukva, CPL-music)
2) Vedan Kolod — Witch (Gorodische, CPL-music)
3) Yat-Kha — Kongurgai (We will never die, The Lollipoppe Shoppe)
4) Shoodja-Choodja — Shooldyrak (Shooldyrak, CPL-music)
5) Uutai — Your force (Dope, Mars records)
6) Opycham — Time of Joy (Where to find peace of mind, Sketis music)
7) Tatiana Molchanova - Sokhnet, vyanet (Songs for Lidia Ruslanova. Part 1, Self-released)
8) Khara — Drunk Russia (Mandragora, Sketis music)
9) Kazachia Sprava - The sun will give the morrow birth (The sun will give the morrow birth, Izba records)
10) Mila Kikina abd the project "Close the Gate" — Creeps and winds (Verbochka, Self-released)
11) Balkhar Ensemble — Balkhar Wedding Song (Lakku Balai: Songs of Lak People, Dagestan / Russia, Antonovka Records)