WOMEX Awards

The WOMEX Awards also known as World Music Expo Award is an established award for World music. It was first introduced in 1999 to honor the high points of world music on an international level and to acknowledge musical excellence, social importance, commercial success, political impact and lifetime achievement.[1][2] Every October at the WOMEX event, the award figurine - an ancient mother goddess statue dating back about 6000 years to the Neolithic age - is presented in an award ceremony to a worthy member of the world music community.

In 2008 the Award concept was refined and two awards were offered: one for Artists and one for Professional Excellence.

The WOMEX Top Label Award was created in 2006 as a joint project with World Music Charts Europe (WMCE). The selection for the WOMEX Top Label Award has been made until 2016 using the charts of 45 radio broadcasters from 25 countries collected over 12 months from October to September.[3] In 2017 the monthly charts of the Transglobal World Music Chart (TWMC) have been added with equal weight, featuring a diverse range of experts and journalists with a global background,[4]


Year WOMEX Awards
(from 2008
WOMEX Awards for Artists)
for Professional
Label Award
1999 Juan de Marcos González &
Nick Gold
2000 Mahotella Queens
2001 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
2002 Djivan Gasparyan
2003 Freemuse
2004 Marc Hollander &
Crammed Discs
2005 Bi Kidude
2006 Totó La Momposina World Circuit (UK)
2007 Andy Palacio &
Ivan Duran
Stern’s (UK)
2008 Muzsikás Folk Music Department
of the Sibelius Academy
Cumbancha (USA)
2009 Staff Benda Bilili Christian Mousset Crammed Discs (Belgium)
2010 Danyel Waro Ian A. Anderson World Village
(France / USA / UK / Spain)
(of Harmonia Mundi)
2011[5] Hugh Masekela Francis Falceto World Village
Le Chant du Monde
Harmonia Mundi
2012[6] Värttinä Alexander "Sasha" Cheparukhin Lusafrica[7]
2013[8] Los Van Van Festival au Désert Riverboat Records[9]
World Music Network
2014[10] Mariza Mário Lúcio Sousa
(Cabo Verde)
2015[11] Cheikh Lô Ramin Sadighi
(Hermes Records)
2016 Calypso Rose Henry Arteaga & 4Elementos Skuela (Colombia) Glitterbeat
2017 Oumou Sangaré Petr Dorůžka Glitterbeat
2018 Kronos Quartet ShoShona Kish Glitterbeat
2019 Kayhan Kalhor Julie's Bicycle N/A
2020 Mónika Lakatos L’Atelier des Artistes en Exil

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ WOMEX Awards
  2. ^ "WOMEX Awards Archive". www.womex.com. Retrieved 2015-12-09.
  3. ^ "WOMEX - the World Music Expo". www.womex.com. Retrieved 2016-01-14.
  4. ^ "WOMEX - the World Music Expo". www.womex.com. Retrieved 2017-10-17.
  5. ^ "WOMEX 11 Awards". womex.com. 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  6. ^ "WOMEX 12 Awards". womex.com. 2012. Archived from the original on 24 May 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  7. ^ LUSAFRICA - World music label: Cap-Verde, Africa, Latine America, Caraïbes... - Lusafrica
  8. ^ "WOMEX 13 Awards". womex.com. 2013. Archived from the original on 24 May 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  9. ^ Riverboat - World Music Network’s original premium artist label founded in 1989
  10. ^ "WOMEX 14 AWARDS * Award winners". womex.com. 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  11. ^ "WOMEX 15 AWARDS * Award winners". womex.com. 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2015.