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WOMEX Label Award Winner in 2016


It is a pleasure for the EURORADIO World Music Workshop to share again with the WOMEXicans the list of the most successful labels in the World Music Charts Europe. The underlying period is September 2015 until August 2016.

Already an institution in its 9th year, the annual WOMEX Label Award is hotly contested and warmly anticipated by all who value the contributions of independent record labels. 

The WOMEX 16 Label Award goes to:


They've done it again! Glitterbeat, who received the WOMEX 14 and WOMEX 15 Label Award, will join us again in Santiago de Compostela to receive the award for the third time! World Music Charts Europe has tracked the monthly charts of 47 radio broadcasters from 25 countries, and Glitterbeat is the label that has the most popular releases in this network this year – their success coming off the back of albums by Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, Samba Touré and Fofoulah.

A full list of the Top 20 record labels, as well as their most successful albums over the past year is available here


WOMEX 16 Top 20 Labels

1. Glitterbeat (Germany)

  • Aziza Brahim: Abbar el Hamada
  • Bixiga 70: III
  • M.A.K.U. Soundsystem:: Mezcla
  • Various Artists: Every Song Has its End: Sonic Dispatches from Traditional Mali
  • Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra: A-H-E-O

2. Real World Records (UK)

  • Totó La Momposina: Tambolero
  • The Gloaming: The Gloaming 2
  • Sidestepper: Supernatural Love

3. ARC Music (UK)

  • Ana Alcaide: Leyenda
  • Divanhana: Zukva
  • Seckou Keita: 22 Strings

4. Fonó Records (Hungary)

  • Lajkó Félix: Most Jöttem…
  • Buda Folk Band: Saját Gyűjtés (Own Collection Work)
  • Cimbaliband: Moldva

5. Stern's (UK)

  • Kandia Kouyaté: Renascence
  • Amadou Balaké: In Conclusion
  • Emicida: About Kids, Hips, Nightmares and Homework

6. Six Degrees Records (USA)

  • Vieux Farka Touré & Julia Easterlin: Touristes
  • Céu: Tropix
  • Zmei3: Rough Romanian Soul

7. Octopus/Ondine (Finland)

  • Kimmo Pohjonen: Sensitive Skin
  • Enkel: Pappilan Hääyö

8. Cumbancha (USA)

  • Lakou Mizik: Wa Di Yo
  • Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate: Monistic Theory
  • Idan Raichel: At the Edge of the Beginning

9. No Format! (UK)

  • Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal: Musique de Nuit
  • Blick Bassy: Akö
  • Piers Faccini & Vincent Segal: Songs of Time Lost

10. Lusafrica (France)

  • Lura: Herança
  • Elida Almeida: Ora Doci Ora Margos
  • Various Artists: Mornas de Cabo Verde

11. Analog Africa (Germany)

  • Various Artists: Senegal 70
  • Various Artists: Space Echo: The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed
  • Amara Touré: Amara Touré 1973 to 1980

12. Partisan Records (USA)

  • Bombino: Azel

13. Nonesuch Records (USA)

  • Rokia Traoré: Né So
  • Shye Ben-Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & Rajasthan Express: Junun
  • Michael Daves: Orchids and Violence

14. Chapter Two/Wagram Music (France)

  • Cheikh Lô: Balbalou

15. Crammed Discs (Belgium)

  • Konono No.1 & Batida: Konono No.1 Meets Batida
  • Soapkills: The Best of Soapkills
  • Oy: New Planet is Born

16. Westpark Music (Germany)

  • Värttinä: Viena
  • Afenginn: Opus
  • John Jones: Never Stop Moving

17. World Music Network/Riverboat Records (UK)

  • Various Artists: Lost in Mali
  • Faith i Branko: Gypsy Lover
  • Monoswezi: Monoswezi Yanga

18. The Nest Collective (UK)

  • Sam Lee & Friends: The Fade in Time

19. CPL Music (Germany)

  • Rivière Noire: Rivière Noire
  • A Presença Das Formigas: Pé de Vento
  • Otava Yo: What Are Those Songs!

20. Ponderosa Music and Art (Italy)

  • Sainkho Namchylak: Like a Bird or Spirit, Not a Face
  • Sainkho Namchylak: Cyberia – Siberia
  • Ludovico Einaudi: Taranta Project