Big Mimma & Annane Sy Cissé share the accolade
In an unusual turn of events, our good friends at World Music Network have picked two winners to the share the latest Battle of the Bands title. With a host of submitted entries rife with musical talent, WMN had little choice but to split the prize this time around between two very different artists.
Big Mimma hail from Sicily, on the Strait of Messina. Their sound is a crazy mix of rock, reggae, ska, pop, african and etno music, and they use the Sicilian dialect to sing stories, rhymes and tongue-twisters, whether rooted in reality plucked from the imagination. Big Mimma have never thought of themselves as a folk group, nor as a Sicilian roots band; on the contrary, their goal is a musical syncretism typical of Sicilian culture, incorporating modern styles to reach a global audience. Their track ‘Pani Mottu’ is taken from the debut album Lu Stampatu.
Annane Sy Cissé is a young musician from Timbuktu in Mali. He started off in music as an engineer and session guitarist for local traditional artists from the north of Mali, self-producing his first album for the Malian market in 2010. When the civil unrest began in January 2012, he went south to Bamako and kept working for many artists in his home studio, whilst developing his new album project with the cream of young Malian musicians – guitarist Dramane Touré, ngoni (lute) player Djimé Sissoko (Samba Touré) and sokou (one-stringed violin) player Zoumana Téréta, with whom he recorded this winning track, ‘Bala’.
Congratulations to both winners!