ARIA Award for Best World Music Album

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ARIA Award for Best World Music Album
Presented byAustralian Recording Industry Association (ARIA)
First awarded1995
Currently held byJoseph TawadrosHope in an Empty City (2021)

The ARIA Music Award for Best World Music Album, is an award presented within the Fine Arts Awards at the annual ARIA Music Awards. It was inaugurated in 1995 as Best Folk/World/Traditional Release.[1] The ARIA Awards recognise "the many achievements of Aussie artists across all music genres",[2] and have been given by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) since 1987.[3]

Album recordings by a group or solo artist are eligible. The award is handed out for an indigenous, ethnic, folk or cross-cultural recording, and cannot be entered into any other genre category. The final nominees and winner are chosen by a judging school, which comprises between 40 and 100 members of representatives experienced in this genre.[4][5]

Oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros has won the category five times from sixteen nominations, Yolngu singer-songwriter-guitarist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu won four times, while gypsy fusion band Monsieur Camembert have won the award three times.

Nominees and winners[edit]

In the following table, the winner is highlighted in a separate colour, and in boldface; the nominees are those that are not highlighted or in boldface.

  Winner marked in a separate colour
Year Artist(s) Album Title
Yungchen Lhamo Tibetan Prayer
Bu Baca Diop Stand
The Celts The Rocky Road
Nomad Nomad
Sirocco The Wetland Suite
Various[A] Tribal Heart
Mara! Ruino Vino
Cafe of the Gate of Salvation A Window in Heaven
Dead Can Dance Spiritchaser
Sirocco Stars and Fires
Various[B] Womadelaide '95
George Telek Telek
Ashok Roy The Night Ragas
The Barkers The Black Joke
Equa Equa
Mara! & Martenitsa Choir Sezoni
Kavisha Mazzella Fisherman's Daughter
Lisa Gerrard and Pieter Bourke Duality
Matt Walker I Listen to the Night
Tigramuna Jazz Latino - Americano
Tulipan Manic Celeste
Xylouris Ensemble Antipodes
Habibis Intoxication
Lajamanu Teenage Band Vision
Sirocco Falling Leaf
Voices from the Vacant Lot Dance on Your Bones
Xylouris Ensemble Drakos
Chris Duncan Fyvies Embrace - The Golden Age of the Scottish Fiddle
Riley Lee and Marshall McGuire Spring Sea
Timothy Kain and Virginia Taylor Music of the Americas
Inka Marka Auki Auki
Tim Gibuma and the Storm The Gaba - Gabamawi
Mara! Live in Europe
Akin Undercurrent
Epizo Bangoura and African Express Inchallah
George Telek Serious Tam
Xenos Tutti Frutti
Monsieur Camembert Live on Stage
Coda There Is a Way to Fly
Kim Sanders You Can't Get There From Here
Nabarlek Bininj Manborlh / Blackfella Road
Various[C] Corroboration
Monsieur Camembert Absynthe
All India Radio All India Radio
David Bridie West Papua: Sound of the Morning Star
Kavisha Mazzella Silverhook Tango
Zulya Elusive
Seaman Dan Perfect Pearl
Jane Rutter and Slava Grigoryan Brazil
Joseph Tawadros Storyteller
Mohamed Bangoura Djembe Kan
Saltwater Band Djarridjarri - Blue Flag
Monsieur Camembert Monsieur Camembert
Bobby McLeod Dumaradje
Cosmo Cosmolino Nektar
Le Tuan Hung and others On the Wings of a Butterfly
Southern Gospel Choir Great Day
Various Artists[D] This Is the Place for a Song
The Cat Empire Cities: The Cat Empire Project
Joseph and James Tawadros Visions
Mara! Sorella
The Pigram Brothers Under the Mango Tree
Seaman Dan Island Way
Zulya and The Children of The Underground 3 Nights
Coco's Lunch Blueprint
Coda Calling Mission Mu
Joseph Tawadros Epiphany
Not Drowning, Waving Maps for Sonic Adventures
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu Gurrumul
Archie Roach Journey
David Jones Colours of the Drum
Joseph Tawadros Angel
Watussi Tequila, Sangre y Fuego
Seaman Dan Sailing Home
Fiona Joy Hawkins Blue Dream
Kamerunga The Push
Warren Fahey Australia: Folk Songs & Bush Verse
Wicked Beat Sound System Dreaming
Mamadou Diabate, Bobby Singh and Jeff Lang Djan Djan
Archie Roach Music Deli Presents Archie Roach
Joseph Tawadros The Prophet: Music Inspired by the Poetry of Kahlil Gibran
The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra Do Anything Go Anywhere
Xavier Rudd Koonyum Sun
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu Rrakala
David Bridie, Hein Arumisore, Jacob Rumbiak, Ronny Kareni and Donny Roem Strange Birds in Paradise: A West Papuan Soundtrack
Saltwater Band Malk
The Shaolin Afronauts Flight of the Ancients
Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, James and Joseph Tawadros Band of Brothers
Joseph Tawadros Concerto of the Greater Sea
Dead Can Dance Anastasis
Nicky Bomba's Bustamento Intrepid Adventures to the Lost Riddim Island
Sarah Calderwood As Night Falls
Warren H Williams & the Warumungu Songmen Winanjjara: The Song Peoples Sessions
Joseph Tawadros Chameleons of the White Shadow
Airileke Weapon of Choice
Rasa Duende Improvisations
Shellie Morris and The Borroloola Songwomen Together We Are Strong – Ngambala Wigi Li – Wun the Song Peoples Sessions
Various[E] Mélodie Française
Joseph Tawadros Permission to Evaporate
Astronomy Class Mekong Delta Sunrise
Jane Rutter Flute Spirit: Dreams and Improvisations
The Barons of Tang Into the Mouths of Hungry Giants
William Barton Birdsong at Dusk
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu The Gospel Album
Baby et Lulu Album Deux
Christine Anu Island Christmas
Genevieve Lacey / James Crabb Heard This and Thought of You
Joseph Tawadros Truth Seekers, Lovers and Warriors
Melbourne Ska Orchestra Sierra Kilo Alpha
Gawurra Ratja Yaliyali
Joseph Tawadros World Music
Paul Grabowsky / Monash Art Ensemble / Daniel Ngukurr Boy Wilfred / David Yipininy Wilfred Nyilipidgi
Seaman Dan An Old Man of the Sea
Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp Songs of the Latin Skies
Joseph Tawadros Live at Abbey Road
Melbourne Ska Orchestra Saturn Return
Slava Grigoryan & Australian String Quartet Migration
Xylouris White Black Peak
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)
Joseph Tawadros The Bluebird, the Mystic and the Fool
Melbourne Ska Orchestra Ska Classics
Mista Savona Havana Meets Kingston
Xylouris White Mother
Melbourne Ska Orchestra One Year of Ska
Chaika Arrow
Joseph Tawadros Betrayal of a Sacred Sunflower
Tara Tiba Omid
Zela Margossian Quintet Transition
Joseph Tawadros Live at the Sydney Opera House
Grace Barbé FANM:WOMAN
Melbourne Ska Orchestra Live at the Triffid
The Crooked Fiddle Band Another Subtle Atom Bomb
Xylouris White The Sisypheans
Joseph Tawadros Hope in an Empty City
Bob Weatherall & Halfway (band), with William Barton Restless Dream
Bukhchuluun Ganburged The Journey
Eishan Ensemble Project Masnavi
Kuya James ISA


A^ : The musical artists featured on Tribal Heart are: Blek Bala Mujik, Moana and the Moahunters, Fontom From, Willie Hona, I Land, Joe T (Richmond Acheampong), Larry Maluma and Kalimba, Valanga Khoza and Saffika, Herbs, Ron Jemmott and Un Tabu, Shango, Denis Gonzalez, Dee Cee Lewis and The Crew, Barike, Musiki Manjaroa and Kakalika.
B^ : The musical artists featured on Womadelaide 1995 are: Sunrize Band, Zap Mama, Vika and Linda Bull, Hukwe Zawose, Rough Image, Mouth Music, Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart, Justin Vali Trio, Sierra Maestra, Geoffrey Oryema, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Yungchen Lhamo.[6]
C^ : The following musical artists are featured on Corroboration: Deborah Cheetham, Wicked Beat Sound System, Kylie Minogue, Jimmy Little, Jodi Cockatoo Creed, george, The Cruel Sea, Native Ryme, Kev Carmody, Augie March, Archie Roach, Ruby Hunter, Little G, Pound System, Primary, NoKTuRNL, Frank Yamma, David Bridie, Pnau, Stiff Gins, Billie Court, Friendly, Magic Dirt and Richard Frankland.
D^ : The following music artists are featured on This Is the Place For a Song: Frank Yamma, Vardos, Dili Allstars, Khalli Gudaz, Fazilla Hijeb, Ramen Nawa, Kavisha Mazzella, Mach Pelican, CDB, Inka Marca, Revolucion Street, Neil Nghi Ta, le Nghiem Tran, Dung Nguyen, Musiki Manjaro, Greg Ulfan, Polish Larsen, Takouni and The Five Venoms.
E^ : The following music artists are featured on Mélodie Française: Gossling, Oh Mercy, The Jezabels, Dappled Cities, Katie Noonan, Lisa Mitchell, Kate Miller-Heidke, Thelma Plum,[7] Husky, Deep Sea Arcade, Megan Washington, Vance Joy, Jonathan Boulet, Edward Deer, Jinja Safari, Okenyo, Big Scary, The Walking Who and Soko.


  1. ^ O'Grady, Anthony. "The 9th Annual Aria Music Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 16 December 2000. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
  2. ^ "ARIA Awards 2011 overview". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  3. ^ "What We Do". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 29 January 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  4. ^ "ARIA 2011 - Eligibility Criteria and Category Definitions" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 October 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  5. ^ ARIA Award previous winners. "ARIA Awards – Winners by Award – Best World Music Album". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  6. ^ Womadelaide 95 (CD liner notes). Various. EMI. 1996. 4836182.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  7. ^ Jana Roose (14 July 2013). "Thelma Plum for Melodie Francaise (and President)". Yen Magazine. Retrieved 27 September 2013.

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