Auntie Flo’s ‘Radio Highlife’ has been announced as the winner of the Scottish Album of the Year Award.
The 14-track release, which came out on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label last October, is the third long player from Brian d’Souza – a Scot whose African heritage is brought to play on the album, which mixes dance beats with field recordings from the producer’s travels around the world.
Previously d’Souza has released music on Glasgow’s Huntleys + Palmers label as well as contributing to the Beating Heart of Africa series of remixes of Hugh Tracey’s 1950s field recordings.
Nine other acts who made the shortlist – Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert, Andrew Wasylyk, C Duncan, Carla J. Easton, Fergus McCreadie Trio, Free Love, Karine Polwart with Steven Polwart & Inge Thomson, Kathryn Joseph, and Mastersystem – received awards of £1,00 each.
— Auntie Flo (@Auntie_Flo) September 6, 2019
The award, and its prize of £20,000, was accepted by Phil Connor, a DJ who works with d’Souza as well as promoting Glasgow’s Healthy club night.
Reading from the winier’s prepared statement at the event at Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms – Auntie Flo was at the time of the ceremony performing at the Skye Live festival – Connor said: “It’s been a privilege to document 7 years of adventuring around the globe in this record.
“It has taken me everywhere from Cuba to South Africa to East Asia. Thank you to everyone who made that happen over the years.”
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