2009 Boston Music Awards: the Results Are In- Congratulations Debo!!!

December 16, 2009 at 7:48 pm Leave a comment

In case you haven’t read my previous post on last years ceremonies (1/20/09), the prestigious Boston Music Awards, now in their 22nd year, is an annual Grammy-style event which highlights and honors some of our best local musicians. Winners are selected in a number of categories and the public is given the opportunity to vote on their favorite nominees, thus influencing the outcome of the contest.

This year’s top honors for the International Music Act of the Year category went to Debo, an Ethiopian Afropop ensemble specializing in dance music. Read more about this award winning group of musicians here. The nominees for this award included:

Zili Misik (last year’s winners) – Afro-beat/Tropical

Alex Alvear – Contemporary and traditional Latin/African folk

Bloco AfroBrazil – Afro-Brazilian/Tropical

Eguie Castrillo – Latin jazz

In addition, I noticed a number of world musicians who won awards in other categories, however, and I have listed them here. In some cases, these artists only dedicate a part of their repertoire to music from other cultures, but I thought they deserved mention here nonetheless. 

Dropkick Murphys

David Maxwell (Blues) – Canadian roots

Bodega Girls (DJ/Electronica) – Afro-beat

Berklee Reverence Gospel Choir (Gospel/Choir) – Various ethnic genres

Esperanza Spalding (Jazz) – Latin

Sarah Cronin of Drug Rug (video clip)(Female Vocalist) – Chinese folk

Dropkick Murphys (video clip) (Punk) – Celtic

Rubblebucket [see previous post – 6/18/09] (audio clip) (Live Act) – Afro-beat



And finally, I also want to point out that I discovered more world musicians within the lists of nominees for  the various award categories. For example, a reggaeton/French pop band by the name of Gozu was nominated in both the categories for Best New Act and Metal. Here is the list of nominees so you can explore further if you wish. Congratulations to all the winners as well as those who were selected to participate in this years contest. Luckily for us, all this fine local talent will be continuing to perform around the Boston area for us to enjoy!    


Entry filed under: Afropop, Annual Events, European, International, Local Artists.

Happy New Year 2010! from a Global Perspective Want to Learn More about Carnatic, Hindustani, and Jugal Bandi Performance Styles? – Come and Explore at the Chinmaya Mission’s Concert of Indian Classical Music – Saturday, January 30th @ 6:30 p.m.

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