LATEST NEWS…WIGWAM BAM! Awards Celebrate Strength & Diversity of the Global Music Scene- 22 Oct 2018 -
Frank Palangi – WINNER Best Male Artist
Ms. Mohammed – WINNER Best Female Artist
September Campbell – WINNER Best Country Act
White Mash – WINNER Best Urban Act
Now in its second year, the WIGWAM Online Radio Awards is all about getting exposure to emerging acts and paying recognition to the unsung heroes of the music industry. In total there are ten different categories, covering a broad spectrum of musical genres – namely Best Band, Best Single, Best Female Artist, Best Indie Act, Best Rock Act, Best Male, Best Urban Act, Best Folk Act, Best Electro Act and Best Country Act.
“One of the things that a lot of the nominees and winners from last year’s awards told us, is that keeping motivated to carry on is sometimes difficult, when they’ve worked so hard and not got much back in return. Hopefully being cited by us helps to give them the boost they need to keep going … and to aim for achieving even bigger things,” states WIGWAM team member Mike Green. Among last year’s recipients were Welsh singer/songwriter Martyn Peters, St. Louis based hip-hop collective Illphonics, Liverpudlian R&B songstress Tabitha Jade and Italian folk diva Francesca Fabris – all of whose careers are continuing to blossom.
“As with the 2017 awards, the nominees this time around come from all over the world,” explains WIGWAM’s Chris John. “Though conventional radio stations still tend to concentrate on bands and artists from the UK, the USA, Canada, etc., we’ve always looked to cast our net a lot wider and given airplay to music from a much broader array of countries,” he continues. “Our attitude is simple, if it’s good enough we’ll play it. Over the last couple of years, we’ve worked with acts from Malaysia, Georgia, South Korea, Bulgaria, Japan, India, all over Africa, and even Guatemala! It’s a testament to the wealth of talent out there, which sadly doesn’t get the deserved exposure.”
There was a good showing of young artists/bands this year, with several teens getting nominations – such as Alyssa Lynn, Isabella Formichelli, the Jarrs and Alyssa Marie Coon. “A great example is Carmarthenshire’s Georgia Fearn,” Mike comments. “She released her first album earlier this year and it totally blew the team away. A 17-year-old making a piece of work that was so mature, so well-constructed and multifaceted. She’s definitely one to watch.”
So, who came out on top? Well, in the closely contested Best Female Artist category – the unconventional ‘island punk’ sound of Ms. Mohammed narrowly beat the blues rock output of Verity White to the prize, with Sophia Dady a very respectable third. September Campbell was victorious in the Best Country Act category, with country-rap crossover artist Nitty Gritty coming in second. The Rah’s took the Best Indie Act accolade, while Dutchman Jon de Wit (aka. White Mash) picked up the Best Urban Act for his unique brand of hip-hop/EDM. Transatlantic music project Minus Cube (despite its members being located thousands of miles apart) took the Best Band gong, with Sonar Lights scooping the Best Rock Act.
Having been nominated last year, Lemonade Kid was triumphant this time around – being proclaimed Best Electro Act. Montana’s Margaret Medlock and Ana Patan took first and second respectively in the Best Folk Act category, with New Yorker Frank Palangi beating fellow nominees to claim this year’s Best Male Artist. Finally, TVH were honoured with the Best Single trophy.
Chris, Mike and the rest of the team are already planning next year’s awards – with the intention of adding further dimensions. A new Alternative Rock Act award will be included, to help better address the large number of great acts that lie somewhere between the existing Indie and Rock categories.
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