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SOZA prizes given

THE SLOVAK Performing and Mechanical Rights Society (SOZA), a non-profit association of authors and publishers of musical works which protects their copyrights, granted for the 17th time the awards to artists successful in the Slovak musical scene who are forming the profile of music culture. It awarded eight musicians altogether, with two Slovak composers inscribed into the SOZA golden book, the SITA newswire reported.

THE SLOVAK Performing and Mechanical Rights Society (SOZA), a non-profit association of authors and publishers of musical works which protects their copyrights, granted for the 17th time the awards to artists successful in the Slovak musical scene who are forming the profile of music culture. It awarded eight musicians altogether, with two Slovak composers inscribed into the SOZA golden book, the SITA newswire reported.

Musician Ivan Tásler, frontman of IMT Smile band, received the award for the composer of the most played songs in 2013, while the lyrics writer of the most played songs became Kamil Peteraj.

The award for the most played song for 2013 went to Peter Bič Project for Thinking about You.

SOZA also awarded hip-hop band Kontrafakt for the most sold soundtrack medium for their Navždy (Forever) album. The most sold audio-visual track medium for 2013 became the DVD Spevankovo (the Song’s World) by Mária Podhradská and Richard Čanaky.

The award for the highest share of Slovak music in broadcasting went to Radio Modra, SITA wrote.

SOZA also granted three honorary awards. Vašo Patejdl received the award for significant contribution to introducing Slovak music abroad. Two composers of the last century Alexander Albrecht and Štefan Németh Šamorínsky were inscribed into the SOZA golden book in memoriam.

The award for lifetime work went to Slovak writer, lyricist and dramaturge Boris Filan.

“The one who receives this award has one advantage – he or she can look at the audience from the front,” Filan said, as quoted by SITA. “I am very glad I can see so many faces I know, including those of my friends.”

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