Recordings by Motéma artists Monty Alexander, Randy Weston, Malika Zarra, René Marie, and JC Stylles are among the nominees named by Music Resource Group (MRG) for The 11th Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential awards program for independent bands and fans.
Two Motéma projects were nominated in the “Live Performance Album” category, both of which were recorded live at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola: Monty Alexander’s Harlem-Kingston Express Live! , and NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston & his African Rhythms Sextet’s The Storyteller . Nominated in the “Jazz Album” category is vocalist René Marie’s outrageous emancipation proclamation, Black Lace Freudian Slip and Australian guitar ace JC Stylles’ album Exhilaration & Other States . In the “World Beat Album” category, Moroccan artist Malika Zarra is honored for her outstanding CD Berber Taxi . Continue reading