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The top entries for the Austrian World Music Awards

The artists featured on this page represent the top entries for the 2015 and 2014 Austrian World Music Awards. The awards are presented annually by the Austrian World Music Association, and the winners are selected by a panel of experts.
(In alphabetical order)

Top entries 2015

Top entries 2014


Passionate tango, virtuosic classical tunes, rousing Balkan swing, and hilarious musical skits harmoniously find common sonic ground with Folksmilch. Colorful original compositions, fine-tuned to each member’s sensibilities, characterize this ensemble and are essential to its artistry.

Folksmilch: Rondo alla Turca


JÜTZ is an acoustic ensemble from Tyrol and Switzerland. The musicians tackle folkloric songs by incorporating the local, immediate here-and-now. Their musical paths traverse various regional dialects and sonic accents, where the lines between tradition, classicism, and contemporary elements blur beautifully.

Jütz: Tirol isch lei oans (traditional)

Kombinat Alpenrösli

The Viennese musician Roman Britschgi invited several interesting bands from the South East European melting pot to form a multicultural musical spectacle. The result is a super-groupwhose varied ethnic roots (Bulgaria, Switzerland, South Tyrol, Austria, etc.) shine through at all times, but the sum of all parts is definitely alpine.

Kombinat Alpenrösli: achterlzenzi

Mahan Mirarab Band (finalist 2015)

Originally from Iran, the musician Mahan Mirarab has been based in Vienna since 2009. Within a short period of time, the talented guitarist with his wide-ranging music made connections in the local music scene. Together with his band and supported by the remarkable voice of Golnar Shahyar, the young artist presents poetry made up of traditional Persian sounds with jazz influences.

Mahan Mirarab Band: Haj Ghorban


This ten-piece band from Vienna takes the origins of its name – an African van – as a metaphor to embark on a trip around the world across all continents, crossing all musical borders. From stomping Balkan beat to smooth Latin grooves, Matatu produces a vibrant potpourri of sounds.

Matatu: Prak Prak


Nachtcafé’s setup is quite peculiar: vocals and bouzouki, piano, accordion, transverse flute, double bass, and drums. The musical style can be characterized as something between World Music, prog-folk and Italian ballads (cantautori), with a healthy helping of Latino, Southern Italian, and Balkanic elements.

Nachtcafé: Via dalla città

Ramsch und Rosen

Julia Lacherstorfer and Simon Zöchbauer rummage through pictures, handwritten notes, and between the lines for old melodies, and once the layer of dust is gently brushed aside, that which comes to the surface often turns out to be a real treasure of the heart.

Ramsch und Rosen: Grinzinger Schleunige

Roy de Roy

Roy de Roy recycle polka and punk, mix Balkan with ska. This quintet with Carinthian-Slovenian and other, unpronounceable, roots sees Vienna as the capital of Eastern Europe and uses its musical treasures to sing about a paranoid society, the stupidity of nationalism, vain Diasporas and the historiography of the Balkans. With the ease of throwing a Molotov cocktail, Roy de Roy render ecstatic pirate waltzes, political satire, and tragedies that make you dance.

Roy de Roy: Kimavci

Temmel & Bakanic

Guitar and accordion – a wonderfully harmonious combination one doesn’t come across every day. Traditional styles such as flamenco, gypsy, tango, and Balkan music serve as inspirations for the duo’s original compositions. Moods, rhythms, themes, and timbres alternate at breathtaking speeds.

Temmel & Bakanic: Balkanbic

trio akk:zent

Formed in 2011, the trio has played countless gigs at clubs, cultural forums, and festivals. The World Music of trio akk:zent is not created by a random mix of traditional musical styles—much rather, it emerges from the band’s deeply-rooted cosmopolitanism. It is therefore no accident that the trio’s music can also be read as a political statement.

trio akk:zent: stup