Joni Mitchell has been presented with this year's Premio Tenko award. Making the award, Club Tenko's President, Marco Rambaldi said: "Joni Mitchell was chosen for a life dedicated to music and without thought of commercial gain."
Established 15 years ago, Club Tenko aims at keeping alive the memory of the Italian singer-songwriter Tenko who committed suicide in 1967.
The organizers of Club Tenko who, along with the artists involved, work on a voluntary basic, organise a three-day October Festival every year at which the winner of the Tenko prize is announced. Past winners include Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen as well as artists from Cuba, Russia, France, Spain, Argentina and Brazil.
Italian artists are honoured at the festival by the presentation of the Targa tenko awards which are presented by a jury of music journalists. This year's winner were Francesco De Gregori, best album: Terra Di Nessuno (No Man's Land); Ivano Fossati, best song: Questi Posti Davanti Al Mare (These Seats in Front of the Sea); Teresa Di Sio, best song in dialect: A Neve E O Sole (To Snow or To Shine); Fiorella Mannoia, best interpretation: Canzoni Per Parlare (Songs to Talk About); and Mariella Nava for best new work: Per Paura E Per Amore (For Fear And Love).
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