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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.
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.