Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba - Best African Artist At The BBC Radio 3 Awards For World Music

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba were announced the winners at the seventh annual BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music the ceremony at London Dingwalls on Thursday 10 April hosted by BBC Radio 3's Mary Ann Kennedy.
Bassekou Kouyate made a surprise appearance to collect his two awards and highlights of the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music will be broadcast tonight, Friday 11April, on BBC Radio 3, 7.00 - 8.45pm.

Last night was the crowning glory of what has been an amazing year for Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba. It started in 2007 with the release of the critically acclaimed debut album 'Segu Blue' followed by two European tours which included performance at leading festivals and a television appearance on BBC2's Later with Jools Holland.

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba will be performing alongside other artists at the winners concert, which for the first time will be held at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms on Wednesday 30 July. For more information and ticket details visit

Next on the agenda is the Audience Award. Decided by members of the general public, the winner of the Audience Award is chosen from the 27 nominees across all categories. Voting for the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music Audience Award opens on Friday 11April, closing on Thursday 8th May. Votes can be made online here so get voting!!! The winner of the Audience Award will be announced on BBC Radio 3 in a World Routes special on Saturday 5 July.

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