With the world in lockdown, The 18th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs) cancelled this year’s live ceremony, and instead, today announced the year’s best self-released and indie label projects online. Sultans of String, Lucinda Williams, Jesse Malin, Jonatha Brooke, Heilung, Sofía Rei & JC Maillard, Kevin Hays & Chiara Izzi, Sawyer Fredericks, Jake La Botz, John Fields, The Dollyrots, Mary Fahl and Sekou Andrews are among the established and emerging artists from around the globe recognized by The 18th IMAs.
“We are so grateful that Sultans of String and our Refuge CD are among the year’s winning music projects in The Independent Music Awards. This was truly a work of the heart, and we are so happy for these awards, to give this project and all our guest artists more visibility!” says bandleader, violinist and co-producer Chris McKhool, of Sultans of String. “Special shout out and thank you to co-producer John Bailey. Together, we travelled from Jukasa Media Group on Canadian First Nations land to New York, Istanbul and beyond to craft the sound of this epic culture-spanning album”.
Together they took home:
Instrumental Song Award
Sultans of String – The Grand Bazaar (feat. Béla Fleck & Robi Botos) – Instrumental Song
World Producer Award
Chris McKhool, John “Beetle” Bailey – Sultans of String – Refuge – World Producer
Sultans of String – The Power of the Land – feat. Duke Redbird and Twin Flames
“Energetic and exciting music from a band with talent to burn… The very epitome of world music: no boundaries, no rules!” — Maverick Music Magazine
“It seems that Sultans of String can’t get out of bed at the moment without finding themselves nominated for one award or another… In a word: Magnificent!” — Rock n’ Reel Magazine
Internationally Awarded & Acclaimed World Music Collective Sultans of String Honour, Celebrate & Amplify Refugee Stories in New Album
Featuring 30+ Contributors from Around the World, Refuge is Available Now!