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Friday August 06, 2010

from Songlines

Songlines collaborates with CNN in search for top five global music icons

Songlines is delighted to have collaborated with US broadcaster CNN on their official hunt for your top five music icons.

CNN’s new arts programme, icon, worked in conjunction with Songlines to select 20 of the greatest artists in the last 50 years from all corners of the earth.

CNN came to Songlines keen to get expert help in including non-Anglo Saxon representation in the list of artists, creating a truly global list of music icons.

World music icons on the list include Algerian rai legend Khaled and the late queen of Arab song, Oum Kalthoum, the late Mama Africa Miriam Makeba and Senegalese star Youssou N’Dour, Indian playback singer Asha Bhosle and the late Pakistani qawwali innovator Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the late Taiwanese-Chinese pop icon Teresa Teng and the late Hong Kong founder of Cantopop Leslie Cheung, Brazilian tropicalia linchpin Gilberto Gil, Colombian rocker Juanes and the late salsa queen Celia Cruz. And of course, the biggest star to ever hit the mainstream from the ranks of world music, reggae legend Bob Marley.

They rub shoulders with US giants Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Madonna, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Bob Dylan, and UK 60s supergroups the Rolling Stones and the Beatles.

icon will use your votes to build up an interactive gallery of cultural icons online in various fields, as they initiate monthly votes in different artistic fields.

The first gallery – of the top five musical icons – will be unveiled on August 25.

Cast your vote here