musical group Shoghaken Ensemble has won Best
Traditional World Recording from the Association
for Independent Music (AFIM) and National Association
for Recording Merchandisers (NARM) for its CD
The Armenian group was named winners during an
awards presentation March 18 in Orlando, Florida
where AFIM gave awards in 38 categories.
The CD is 19 songs, recorded by Traditional Crossroads
of New York City.
here to read a feature about the group.)
"I am very excited with this unexpected
luck and it's a pity that abroad our CD is very
popular but here in Armenia it hasn't even been
presented," said Hasmik Harutyunyan, vocalist
with the group.
It is the fourth time Traditional Crossroads
has won an AFIM award, which are considered the
smaller label version of the Grammy Awards.
Last July Shoghaken participated in a Smithsonian
Institute-sponsored world festival in Washington
D.C. The group (www.roadtoarmenia.com)
is planning a U.S. concert tour next year.