The 2013 Songlines Music Awards nominees are announced today … and we’re delighted to reveal that our outstanding Ethiopian artists have been recognised in two categories.
Samuel Yirga has been nominated as Newcomer, with his debut album Guzo: “On his effortless-sounding solo debut, the young Ethiopian pianist deconstructs the tunes and arrangements of the gold age of Ethiopiques and then reinvents the music with an orginality and power that is smart, intelligent and entirely modern.”
Dub Colossus (the band with whom Samuel plays) are nominated in the Cross Cultural Collaboration category for their album Dub Me Tender Vol 1 & 2. “Woozy but sprightly dub remixes from former Transglobal Underground man Nick Page and his Addis/London collective. …mixing Ethio jazz with Jamaican reggae, the album impressively manages to combine an authentic 70s dub aesthetic with the crisp definition of modern production.”
Nominations are voted for by the public, and the winners are announced in the June issue of the magazine, out April 26th.
Good luck to both Samuel and Dub Colossus!