2009 Boston Music Awards: the Results Are In- Congratulations Debo!!!
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.
David Maxwell (Blues) – Canadian roots
Bodega Girls (DJ/Electronica) – Afro-beat
Berklee Reverence Gospel Choir (Gospel/Choir) – Various ethnic genres
Esperanza Spalding (Jazz) – Latin
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!