The music magazine Songlines has just announced winners of its annual world music awards and we are pleased that our Damir Imamović has won in The Best of Europe category! Damir is being awarded for the success of his latest album „Singer of Tales“ that was released by Wrasse Records in April 2020.
After Songlines announced the nominees for its prestigious awards in early April, it became clear that Damir’s work brought a lot of international attention. He was the only artist this year to be nominated in two categories: „The best of Europe“ and „The best artist“. „The best of Europe“ categories also included nominees such as Mariza (Portugal), Sam Lee (Great Britain) and Cocanha (France). The award ceremony will take place at the end of the year in London.
A remarkable success of the „Singer of Tales“
Even the pandemic of Covid19 could not stop Damir’s international success. His „Singer of Tales“ album topped the international music charts for months. The awards followed and the album won the recognition of the Transglobal World Music Charts for the best European album of 2020, a quarterly award for the best folk music album by German Association of music critics and was voted as one of top 10 albums in the UK by Songlines.
The album „Singer of Tales“ was produced by the legendary producer Joe Boyd (R.E.M, Nick Drake, Pink Floyd) and Andrea Goertler (Saz’iso) and presented Damir’s story of the traditional music of Bosnia-Herzegovina backed by the stellar line-up: violinist Ivana Đurić (Damir Imamović Sevdah Takht), kemenche master Derya Türkan (Kudsi Erguner, Erkan Oğur) and double-bass player Greg Cohen (Tom Waits, Laurie Anderson, Masada, John Zorn).
More on the Songlines Music Awards
Songlines Music Awards have been established in 2009 and continue the tradition of the famous BBC3 World Music awards. Since 2016 the awards are being given in regional categories. Some of the previous winners have been: Bassekou Kouyaté, Mariza, Fanfare Ciocărlia, Seckou Keita, Goran Bregović, Derek Gripper…