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Toure Leads Bbc World Music Awards


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Malian singer Ali Farka Toure has taken home the top honour at the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music, after her release SAVANE scooped the Album of the Year award at the London ceremony last night (31MAR07).
Somalian rapper K'NAAN won the Best Newcomer award, while French singer Camille emerged winner in the Europe category, and Lebanese star GHADE SHBEIR won the Middle East and North Africa section.
Other winners on the night include Gogol Bordello in the Americas category, DEBASHISH BHATTACHARYA in the Asia/Pacific section, and GOTAN PROJECT in Club Global.
The winners' concert will be held at the Barbican in London on 27 May (07).

Farka Toure Buried In Mass Funeral


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LATEST: Hundreds of people gathered in the Malian town of Niafunke yesterday (09MAR06) to pay tribute to late bluesman Ali Farka Toure, who died on Tuesday (07MAR06). The African music great was 67 when he lost his battle with bone cancer. His family, friends and fans gathered in the small desert town, near Timbuktu, to attend his burial, which was delayed from Wednesday (08MAR06) due to bad weather.

Ali Farka Toure Dies


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Legendary African musician Ali Farka Toure has died following a long illness. He was 66. Toure, who last month (FEB06) won his second Grammy Award for Best Traditional World Music Album alongside TOUMANI DIABATE for IN THE HEART OF THE MOON, passed away in Mali capital Bamako. He will be buried in his hometown of Niafunke tomorrow (08MAR06). Radio stations in Bamako have been playing Toure's music non-stop in tribute to the late musician. Toure, who was born in Timbuktu in 1939, once served as mayor of Bamako. He first won a Grammy for his 1994 album with American guitarist Ry Cooder, TALKING TIMBUKTU.

U2's 'Big, Big Night' At The Grammys


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Irish rockers U2 stunned the music world last night (08FEB06) when they picked up five Grammy Awards in Los Angeles to lead their peers at the 48th annual music honours.

A visibly moved BONO stated, "This is really a big, big night for our band," as he accepted the group's fifth award for Album of The Year (HOW TO DISMANTLE AN ATOMIC BOMB).

The group also picked up honours for Song of The Year, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album.

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U2's `big, Big Night' At The Grammys


John Legend Mariah Carey Kanye West Alison Krauss Madonna Gorillaz Sam Moore Bruce Springsteen Elvis Costello The Edge Bonnie Raitt Green Day Kelly Clarkson Stevie Wonder Feel Good Inc Les Paul Burt Bacharach Chemical Brothers Q-Tip The Art Of Romance Tony Bennett System Of A Down Slipknot Friends White Stripes Ordinary People Beyonce Knowles Aretha Franklin Damian Marley The Emancipation Of Mimi Black Eyed Peas Encore Jay Z Linkin Park Late Registration Emmylou Harris Keith Urban Faith Hill Tim Mcgraw Rascal Flatts Dianne Reeves Yolanda Adams Casting Crowns Hymns Donnie McClurkin Gladys Knight Laura Pausini Shakira Bebo Valdes Luis Miguel Bb King John Prine Various Artists Ali Farka Toure TOUMANI DIABATE Marlo Thomas Chris Rock Craig Armstrong Ray Charles Alan Silvestri The Polar Express Chris Botti Sting Aimee Mann Johnny Cash Eric Clapton Steve Lillywhite Curtis Mayfield Louie Vega Dire Straits Ludwig Van Beethoven Missy Elliott No Direction Home Bob Dylan Martin Scorsese James Taylor Merle Haggard Cream Richard Pryor

Irish rockers U2 stunned the music world last night (08JAN08) when they picked up five Grammy Awards in Los Angeles to lead their peers at the 48th annual music honours.

A visibly moved BONO stated, "This is really a big, big night for our band," as he accepted the group's fifth award for Album of The Year (HOW TO DISMANTLE AN ATOMIC BOMB).

The group also picked up honours for Song of The Year, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album.

Continue reading: U2's `big, Big Night' At The Grammys

Africa Unites To Combat Malaria


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Senegalese singer YOUSSOU N'DOUR joined a host of artists at a massive charity concert aimed at raising funds to eradicate malaria in Africa.

AFRICA LIVE - billed as the continent's response to LIVE AID - also featured performances by Senegalese stars Baaba Maal and ORCHESTRA BAOBAB, singers from Mali including OUMOU SANGARE, Ali Farka Toure, SALIF KEITA, and Rokia Traore and CHEB Khaled of Algeria.

Around 40,000 people attended the two-day music extravaganza - which was beamed live around the world - in Dakar yesterday (12MAR05) and today (13MAR05).

Continue reading: Africa Unites To Combat Malaria

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