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Youssou Ndour and Finnish Composer Kaija Saariaho won the Polar Music Prize

Senegalese singer Youssou Ndour and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho were named as the recipients of Polar Music Prize 2013.

May 7, 2013 19:12 IST
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Senegalese singer Youssou Ndour and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho were named as the recipients of Polar Music Prize 2013. Each winner will get one million kronor (98600 euros) from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

The awards will be presented at a Stockholm ceremony on 27 August 2013 by King Carl XVI Gustaf. Sweden's highest musical honour is awarded annually to both a pop performer and classical artist.

The prize is awarded for exceptional achievements in the creation and advancement of music. The academy recognised Ndour as a singer, poet, a storyteller, singer of praise, entertainer and verbal historian.

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