Thursday, September 10, 2009

WOMEX honors Cumbancha

The World Music Expo, affectionately known as WOMEX, has announced the top ranking labels according to the World Music Charts Europe. WOMEX will be taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark from October 28th to November 3rd. Cumbancha was awarded second place in 2007 and first place in 2008. These rankings are determined by which album had the most spins by the radio stations that report to WMCE. For a second year in a row two of our titles have placed in the WMCE top 5 albums of the year. Chiwoniso's "Rebel Woman" was ranked third and Novalima's "Coba Coba" came in fifth. Congratulations to all of the artists who made the list.

WOMEX works in conjunction with the World Music Charts Europe and the selection for the WOMEX Top Label Award is made using the charts of 47 radio broadcasters from 24 countries.

Top 20 World Music Record Labels

1 Crammed Discs (Belgium)
Chart-topping CDs: Staff Benda Bilili: Très Très Fort; Hector Zazou &
Zwara: In the House of Mirrors; Chicha Libre: Sonido Amizonico!

2 Real World (UK)
Dub Colossus: In a Town Called Addis; Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara: Tell No
Lies; Daby Toure & Skip McDonald: Call My Name

3 Cumbancha (USA)
Chiwoniso: Rebel Woman; Novalima: Coba Coba Remixed; The Idan Raichel
Project: Within My Walls

4 World Circuit (UK)
Oumou Sangare: Seya; Tony Allen: Secret Agent

5 Six Degrees (USA)
Issa Bagayogo: Mali Koura; Vieux Farka Touré: Fondo

6 Lusafrica (Cape Verde/France)
Lura: Eclipse; Cesária Évora: Radio Mindelo

7 Sterns (UK)
Franco & Le TPOK Jazz: Francophonic; Ba Cissoko: Seno

8 World Music Network (UK)
Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Afrobeat Revival; Hanggai: Introducing

9 Essay Recordings (Germany)
Rotfront: Emigrantski Raggamuffin; Boom Pam: Puerto Rican Nights

10 Galileo (Spain)
Mara Aranda & Solatge: Deria; La Banda del Pepo: Tanto Por Hacer

11 World Village (USA)
Omara Portuando: Grácias

12 World Connection (Portugal)
Deolinda: Canção ao Lado

13 Asphalt Tango Records (Germany)
La Cherga: Fake No More

14 Jaro Medien (Germany)
Tam Echo Tam: Dawn

15 Naïve (France)
Titi Robin: Kali Sultana

16 Indies Records (Czech Republic) Reprezent

17 Piranha Musik & IT (Germany)
Sister Fa: Sarabah: Tales from the Flipside of Paradise

18 Cooking Vinyl (UK)
Dr. John & The Lower 911: City that Care Forgot

19 Palm Pictures (UK)
Baaba Maal: Television

20 Finisterre (Italy)
Bandadriatica: Maremoto

Top-20 World Music CDs of the Year

1 Oumou Sangare: Seya (World Circuit, UK)
2 Staff Benda Bilili: Très Très Fort (Crammed Discs, Belgium)
3 Chiwoniso: Rebel Woman (Cumbancha, USA)
4 Issa Bagayogo: Mali Koura (Six Degrees, USA)
5 Novalima: Coba Coba (Cumbancha, USA)
6 Lila Downs: Shake Away/Ojo de Culebra (EMI)
7 Dub Colossus: In a Town Called Addis (Real World, UK)
8 Amadou & Mariam: Welcome to Mali (Warner/Because)
9 Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara: Tell No Lies (Real World, UK)
10 DuOud: Ping Kong (Marabi, France)
11 Kal: Radio Romanista (Asphalt Tango, Germany)
12 Franco & Le TPOK Jazz: Francophonic (Sterns, UK)
13 Mara Aranda & Solatge: Deria (Galileo, Spain)
14 Baaba Maal: Television (Palm Pictures, UK)
15 Hector Zazou & Swara: In the House of Mirrors (Crammed Discs, Belgium)
16 Titi Robin: Kali Sultana (Naïve, France)
17 Dissidenten & Jil Jilala: Tanger Sessions (Exil, Germany)
18 Deolinda: Canção ao Lado (World Connection, Portugal)
19 Rokia Traoré: Tchamantche (Universal)
20 Lura: Eclipse (Lusafrica, Cape Verde/France)

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