San Francisco's Kronos Quartet is arguably the most diverse string quartet when it comes to repertoire.
Professional Excellence Award
ShoShona Kish is awarded for her role in the ongoing revolution of upheaving indigenous communities and their culture.
The WOMEX 18 Label Award goes to Glitterbeat Records, for the fifth year running.
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?