The BBC Radio 3 Awards For World Music celebrate their seventh birthday with a dazzling set of nominations featuring some of the best music artists from around the globe including acclaimed Franco-Spanish punk maverick Manu Chao, nomadic Malian bluesmen Tinariwen and Algerian rocker Rachid Taha.
Malian ngoni player Bassekou Kouyate picks up two nominations including Best Newcomer, while Balkan Beat Box are nominated in three categories.
The nominated artists in eight of the 11 categories were announced on Sunday 28 October 2007 at WOMEX in Seville, Spain.
The nominees have been voted for by the delegates of WOMEX. The Album of the Year category is decided by a world panel of critics organised by fRoots Magazine. Voting for the final category - the Audience Award - is decided by Radio 3 listeners and opens in February 2008.