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Haymanot Tesfa wins World Music Network’s Battle of the Bands with her song ‘Tezeta’
Artist Haymanot Tesfa, based in the UK, sings in Amharic from Ethiopia. A singer who also engages in painting and photography, Tesfa’s music consists of multiple layers of exotic instrumentation that provide an enthralling backdrop to her powerful voice.
The winning track, ‘Tezeta’, showcases a captivating vocal performance from Tesfa, whose voice weaves within the Middle Eastern and East African sonic landscape provided by musical virtuosos Mina Salama and Arian Sadr. ‘I like to be free!’ Tesfa says. ‘When I sing these songs I always sing them differently depending on what I get from the musicians I play with and the atmosphere… I want to give my audiences the new me always. What makes me happy is that I know that I gave them something they can take with them. People tell me that my singing is therapeutic for them and they thank me for singing, but the truth is that I am also happy while I’m singing.’
Taken from a shortlist voted for by the world music community, Haymanot Tesfa was awarded the top spot by a panel of judges from Songlines, World Music Network, BBC and independent radio.
Listen to the track on World Music Network.
Don Kipper have won World Music Network’s Battle of the Bands with their song ‘Gunesim’
Influenced by the music of the Mediterranean, the innovative seven-piece perform music exhibiting a unique blend of musical styles from klezmer and Greek rebetika to Gypsy jazz. Having recently released their self-titled debut and won the Moshe Beregovski Award for Newcomers, this year looks to be a big one for this promising act.
The winning track ‘Gunesim’ showcases a trio of the Kippers – guitar, violin and voice. The intricate strumming of acoustic guitar and pizzicato of the violin provide a light and lush backdrop to the vocals of the group’s singer, Dunja Botic. An intimate performance led by meandering vocalisations and Mediterranean-influenced harmonies, the track is sure to send shivers down your spine.
Taken from a shortlist voted for by the world music community, Don Kipper were awarded by a panel of judges from Songlines, World Music Network, the BBC, and independent radio.
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.
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Singer, novelist and short-story writer Gabriella Ghermandi has been crowned the winner of the latest World Music Network Battle of the Bands with ‘Atse Tewodros’ taken from Atse Tewodros Project
Born in Addis Ababa in 1965, Gabriella Ghermandi is of Italian-Ethiopian descent. She launched the Atse Tewodros Project in the Ethiopian capital back in 2010, with the purpose of bringing together Italian and Ethiopian musicians to encourage mutual dialogue and artistic creation. Speaking to Songlines, Ghermandi commented on her win:
“I’m excited for the possibilities this creates for playing in Europe, where we can expose an audience to the music of thousands of Ethiopian groups playing back home. Art is made for awareness and gives people context to think about things, it is not just about the performance.”
The winning track, ‘Atse Tewodros’, is dedicated to Emperor Tewodros II (reigned 1855-68), one of the most beloved emperors in Ethiopian history due to his perseverance and commitment to modernisation, integration and opposition to colonisation.