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Aga Khan Music Initiative's songs and albums earn Music Award Nominations

Geneva, Switzerland, 18 March 2011 – Six albums and songs from the Central Asia series produced by the Aga Khan Music Initiative and Smithsonian Folkways were selected as finalists for the 10th Independent Music Awards. In addition, the Songlines Music Awards Nominees 2011 include Rainbow - Music of Central Asia Vol 8, the collaboration featuring the Kronos Quartet, Alim and Fargana Qasimov and Homayoun Sakhi.

The Songlines finalists are nominated by popular vote whereas, for the Independent Awards, finalists become eligible for the Vox Populi awards, which are determined by fan voting.

Voting for the Independent Vox Populi awards is open through 11 July 2011. See links below to cast a vote.

The six nominations for artists supported by the Aga Khan Music Initiative are:

The Songlines Music Awards winners, to be selected by the Songlines editorial team, will be announced in the June 2011 issue (#76), which goes on sale April 29. More information is available here:

The Music of Central Asia series, the Aga Khan Music Initiative’s panoramic 10-volume audio-visual survey of contemporary tradition-based music from Central Eurasia, added the nominated volumes (volumes 7, 8, and 9) to the series in 2010. The new CD-DVD sets expand the scope of Music of Central Asia both geographically and conceptually – by encompassing different regions of Uzbekistan as well as India and by showcasing the Music Initiative’s cross-cultural collaborations, featuring, among others, the Kronos Quartet, Alim Qasimov and Homayoun Sakhi.

For more information:

Sam Pickens
Aga Khan Development Network
P.O. Box 2049
1211 Geneva 2
Tel: (+41 22) 909 7200
Fax: (+41 22) 909 7292


The Aga Khan Trust for Culture focuses on the physical, social, cultural and economic revitalisation of communities in the Muslim world. It includes the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Historic Cities Support Programme, the Music Initiative in Central Asia, the Humanities Project, the on-line resource ArchNet, the Museum Projects and the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture is a part of the Aga Khan Development Network, a group of private, non-denominational development agencies and institutions that seek to empower communities and individuals, often in disadvantaged circumstances, to improve living conditions and opportunities in specific regions of Africa and Asia. Active in over 30 countries, the Network's underlying impulse is the ethic of compassion for the vulnerable in society and its agencies and institutions work for the common good of all citizens, regardless of origin, gender or religion.