- 13 Oct 2015 9:04 AM
The 17th WOMEX Award Ceremony will take place on Sunday, 25 October at the Palace of Arts in Budapest and will recognise formidable artistry, professionalism and contribution to the arts sector and record label output in the following three categories: Artist Award; Professional Excellence Award; and Top Label Award. This year, Cheikh Lô has been selected as the recipient of the Artist Award.
Cheikh Lô to Receive WOMEX 15 Artist Award
Beloved in Senegal, adored by world music fans and admired by musicians around the world, there is no doubt that Cheikh Lô is one of the giants of West African music.
Lô’s five international releases present a music that is rooted in Senegalese mbalax but with important and exciting sonic detours through Latin America, the Caribbean, the USA, Nigeria, DR Congo - his influences are gleaned from across the world.
Lô is a tireless musical innovator, pushing boundaries in both his own music and as a collaborator with many and varied artists. His stature and music have also brought much greater exposure and international recognition to the Baye Fall – the Sufi order to which he proudly belongs. It is for these reasons that WOMEX will present Cheikh Lô with the WOMEX 15 Artist Award. He will perform a special show that will bring WOMEX to a close for another year.
Photo credits: Cheikh Lô by Bernard Benant
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