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Bellowhead win Songlines world music award

Image caption Bellowhead's latest album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and produced by John Leckie

Eleven-piece English folk troupe Bellowhead have been named best group in the annual awards handed out by the Songlines world music magazine.

Bellowhead beat bands from China, Finland and Portugal to the prize, awarded for their third album Hedonism.

The accolade follows the BBC Radio 2 Folk awards for best group and best live band which they won in February.

"Their live shows have been sensational," Songlines publisher Simon Broughton told the Reuters news agency.

Nigerian singer Femi Kuti, the son of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, was named best artist by Songlines.

AfroCubism, a group made up of Cuban and Malian musicians, were named best cross-cultural collaboration.

Indian singer and guitarist Raghu Dixit, who mixes traditional and western styles, won best newcomer.

Nominees for the Songlines awards, now in their third year, were chosen by readers. The magazine's editorial team selected the winners.

Meanwhile, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (Ascap) has named the recipients of its prestigious songwriters of the year accolade.

The honour has gone to Lukasz Gottwald, better known as Dr Luke, and his collaborator Max Martin, who have crafted hits for such artists as Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry.

Singer Rod Stewart was also recognised at the Hollywood event, while Ke$ha and Taio Cruz were among the evening's performers and presenters.

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