The Battle of the Bands, run by World Music Network, is a competition for up-and-coming, unsigned world music artists. A new winner is chosen every two months, and this month seven-piece klezmer band Oysland have taken the top spot.
The London-based group embody the new generation of Yiddish roots music, taking listeners on a journey through the traditional music of Eastern Europe, the Balkans and beyond, adding their own individual and foot-stomping flair. They feature regularly on the London Klezmer and Balkan scenes and are a favourite at weddings, bar mitzvahs and other celebrations.
Listen to their winning song, ‘Ederlezi Avela’, here.
Check them out on April 29 at Jamboree, Cable St Studios or May 29 at Ritzy, Brixton.