The late Ali Farka Toure, Somalian hip-hop artist K'naan and New York-based gypsy punks Gogol Bordello were among the winners at this year's BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music.

The winners were announced in London March 31; they will receive their awards at a poll-winners' concert which takes place at the Barbican venue May 27.

The Malian singer and guitarist Farka Toure, who died last year, topped the album of the year category with "Savane" (World Circuit). K'naan was named best newcomer. In the regional categories for best artists, Gogol Bordello (Americas) joined virtuoso Indian guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya (Asia/Pacific), French folk-influenced vocalist Camille (Europe), Lebanese singer Ghade Shbeir (Middle East/North Africa) and veteran Ethiopian vocalist Mahmoud Ahmed (Africa).

The other 2007 winners were French tango fusionist act Gotan Project, which collected the club global award, and the duo of Jewish-Algerian pianist Maurice El Medioni and Cuban percussionist Roberto Rodriguez. The pair's collaboration on the album "Descarga Oriental" (Piranha) won them the culture crossing award.

The awards, now in their sixth year, are the only globally-based prizes in the world music genre. Nominations are made by the 2,000 delegates who attend the annual world music trade fair, Womex, which takes place in a different European city each year. This year's nominees were chosen by delegates at Womex 2006, held in Seville, Spain, last October. The winners are picked by a jury of 12 including representatives of the media, musicians and academics.

The majority of the award recipients will perform at the May poll-winners' concert. They will include Mahmoud Ahmed, who flew in from Ethiopia to perform at Saturday's announcement at London venue the Pigalle Club.

"I thought I was just coming to sing," the surprised singer told an invited audience of world music professionals. "Nobody told me it was for an award."

The ceremony was broadcast nationally later that night on World Routes, the weekly world music slot on Radio 3, which is the BBC's specialist classical channel.

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