India-rooted remixer, tabla player and electronic musician Talvin
Singh has won the 1999 Mercury Music Prize for his debut solo album,
OK (1998), awards organizers announced Tuesday (Sept. 7). The
Mercury prize is Britain's most prestigious pop-music honor. Singh beat
out 11 competitors, including Beth Orton, Blur,
Stereophonics and Manic Street Preachers. Past Mercury
winners include Gomez (1998), Roni Size (1997),
Pulp (1996) and Portishead (1995).