Solo & Indrė are revealed the latest winners of the World Music Network Battle of the Bands for their track ‘Damma Gerve’
While they come from different cultural backgrounds, Solo & Indrė play similar sounding instruments – the West African kora and Lithuanian kanklės. The Norwegian-based Solo Cissokho is a griot from Senegal and Indrė Jurgelevičiūtė is one of the few remaining kanklės-players, who continues to maintain a traditional sound. The duo blend their traditional stringed instruments into a perfect combination of Lithuanian and Senegalese musical tradition.
Their winning track, ‘Damma Gerve’,is the first known recording of this combination of instruments.
Taken from a shortlist voted for by the world music community, Solo & Indrė were awarded the top spot by a panel of judges from Songlines, World Music Network, BBC and independent radio.