World Music Network
|World Music Network|
|Founder||Phil Stanton, Sandra Alayón-Stanton|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
The World Music Network website is a portal to the international world music scene, and features up-to-date news, reviews, live listings, and guide sections on world music. The website also features an on-line Battle Of The Bands competition.
Founded in 1994 by husband and wife team Phil Stanton and Colombian-born Sandra Alayón-Stanton, World Music Network consists of four record labels – Music Rough Guides, Riverboat Records, Introducing and Think Global. Music Rough Guides releases the Rough Guides CD compilations.
Accolades include a 2009 Grammy Award nomination for Debashish Bhattacharya – who was also awarded the BBC Best Asian Artist award in 2008 – a WMCE Top Label award and more Songlines (magazine) 'Top of the World’ releases than any other independent world music label.
Among the notable mentions of artists and records released on Riverboat Records were:
- Debashish Bhattacharya & Friends (Beyond the Ragasphere)
- Monoswezi (The Village)
- Nuru Kane(Exile)
- Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis (Greekadelia)
- Etran Finatawa (The Sahara Sessions)
Music Rough Guides
Music Rough Guides has been releasing the Rough Guide music series in association with the Rough Guides travel book publishers for well over two decades.
Since then Music Rough Guides have covered destinations as diverse as Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Japan, and Hungary. They have also covered musical styles such as merengue music, klezmer, salsa and Bollywood.
Since 1989 Riverboat Records have produced artists from around the world. Releases in recent years include those by the artists; Debashish Bhattacharya, Mory Kante, Nuru Kane, Ramzi Aburedwan, SambaSunda and Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis.
A separate artist label to Riverboat Records, Introducing was launched by World Music Network in 2004, out of a desire to promote exposure for previously undiscovered musical talent from around the world. Introducing showcases artists previously unreleased or unavailable outside their own country.
Other projects include albums from Miami Latin hip-hop collective Spam Allstars, South African maskanda player Shiyani Ngcobo, Chinese folk band Hanggai and a release by the desert blues master Mamane Barka.
The Think Global series aims to promote music that reduces poverty, defends human rights and encourages protecting the environment. Releases include Think Global: Women Of Africa and Think Global: Tango.
Battle of the Bands
In the Battle of the Bands section of World Music Network's website musicians are invited to post their best original track and build their page with photos and text. Members of the public and World Music Network staff then review and vote for the winner. Each winner gets to have their material featured on future projects and a link to the winning track also gets sent to all the tens of thousands of people on World Music Network's mailing lists. Winners have included Giuliano Modarelli and Julaba Kunda (featuring Gambian griot Juldeh Camara)
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