15 receive the Aga Khan Music Awards in 2022


Fifteen musicians were awarded the 2022 Aga Khan Music Awards at a ceremony held at the House of Musical Arts at the Royal Opera House Muscat.

The awards ceremony marked the culmination of a two-day celebration in which winners performed live or were featured in short films.

The 2022 Aga Khan Music Awards came to a close on Sunday evening with the presentation of awards to 15 winners by Sayyid Bilarab bin Haitham Al Said and Prince Amyn Aga Khan during a gala concert.

A special lifetime achievement award was presented to famous tabla player Ustad Zakir Hussain at the opening concert of the Music Awards on October 29.

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The evening’s program included performances by Peni Candra Rini, Indonesian composer, improviser, singer and educator; Yasamin Shahhosseini, an Iranian oud player who is reinventing the place of the oud in Iranian music; the Tehran-based Golshan Ensemble, which performs Iranian classical music; and Soumik Datta, a sarod player from the UK who fuses his background in classical Hindustani music with pop, rock, electro and film soundtracks to raise awareness of pressing social issues including climate change, refugees and mental health.

The 2022 Music Awards winners were selected by a Master Jury from nearly 400 nominees from 42 countries.

They will share a prize of $500,000 and will have professional development opportunities.

These opportunities include commissions for the creation of new works, recording and artist management contracts, support for pilot education initiatives, and technical or curatorial advice for archiving, preservation and music distribution.

In her closing remarks, Fairouz Nishanova, Director of the Aga Khan Music Awards, expressed her gratitude on behalf of the Music Awards and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture for the invitation of the Sultanate of Oman to host the awards ceremony in Muscat, and for the collaboration of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of Oman; Royal Opera House Muscat and its House of Musical Arts; and the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra, which performed on the October 29 program.

Quoting remarks made by Prince Amyn Aga Khan during the previous evening’s performance by the award winners at the House of Musical Arts, she added: “We could not have hoped for a clearer demonstration of the power of music to unite us despite our many apparent differences. , and affect our emotions and dreams.

The performances of the winners and the presentation of the prizes took place in front of a distinguished audience which filled the Maison des Arts Musicales of the Royal Opera House Muscat.

It included Omani dignitaries and officials, members of the diplomatic corps, musicians and academicians, international guests of the Music Awards, including the main jury and the steering committee of the awards, as well as representatives of many institutions of the AKDN.

Zakir Hussain (India)

Special Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his highly visible model of enlightened cross-cultural musicality that elevated the status of tabla in India and around the world through countless artistic collaborations, concert tours, commissions , recordings and film music.

Afel Bocoum (Mali)

Singer and guitarist from Niafunké, Mali, whose music combines acoustic guitar with local instruments to echo the sound of “desert blues” in a more earthy and traditional style.

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Asin Khan Langa (India)

Sarangi player, singer, composer and community activist from the hereditary Langa musical community of Rajasthan, who performs Sufi poetry to traditional and newly composed melodies.

Coumbane Mint Ely Warakane (Mauritania)

Singer and ardin (harp) player from Trarza, in southwestern Mauritania, who performs the music of Mauritanian griots in a deeply traditional style.

Daud Khan Sadozai (Afghanistan)

Leader of the Afghan rubab who has had a major impact on the preservation, development and dissemination of Afghan music around the world.

Peni Candra Rini (Indonesia)

Indonesian composer, improviser, singer and educator whose knowledge of traditional Indonesian performing arts informs her creation of new works produced worldwide.

Soumik Datta (United Kingdom)

Sarod player who merges his background in Hindustani classical music with pop, rock, electronic and film soundtracks to raise awareness of pressing social issues including climate change, refugees and mental health.

Yahya Hussein Abdallah (Tanzania)

Singer and composer of devotional songs and Quran reciter from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania who composes and sings in Swahili as well as some of the 126 local languages ​​of Tanzania.

Yasamine Shahhosseini (Iran)

Young master of the oud who reinvents the place of this instrument in Iranian music through his innovative compositions and improvisations.

Zarsanga (Pakistan)

Singer from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, known as the queen of Pashtun folklore for her career-long devotion to the orally transmitted traditional music of the Pashtun tribes.

Special Mentions

Dilshad Khan (India)

Tenth generation sarangi player from a hereditary lineage from Rajasthan who expands the language of sarangi in film music and through innovative cross-cultural collaborative projects.

Golshan Ensemble (Iran)

Four women who perform traditional Iranian music with a contemporary sound and are active as teachers, with a particular focus on transmitting their musical tradition to girls and women.

Sain Zahoor (Pakistan)

Punjabi musician with a lifelong practice of chanting Sufi poetry at local shrines and festivals, often accompanied by ecstatic dancing.

Seyyed Mohammad Mousavi & Mahoor Institute (Iran)

Founder and long-time director of the Mahoor Institute of Culture and Arts, which has made a significant contribution to the development of Iranian music and musicology.

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Zulkifli & Bur’am (Aceh, Indonesia)

Revitalizers of Acehnese song traditions who have cultivated community development among young people through their participation in Bur’am, a traditional song and drum ensemble created by Zulkifli.

The main jury of the Aga Khan Music Awards also named Musallam al-Kathiry the winner of a special award for excellence in the service of Omani musical heritage.

Musallam al-Kathiry, a music researcher, artistic director, performer and composer from Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, has made significant contributions to the collection, documentation, preservation and dissemination of Omani music.


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