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Mario Di Bari
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.
Jewish revival band and theatre ensemble Mostly Kosher are the winners of the latest World Music Network Battle of the Bands with ‘Ikh Hob Dikh Tsufil Lib’ from their self-titled debut
Led by clarinetist, pianist and singer Leeav Sofer, Mostly Kosher are a Jewish revival band based in southern California. Their music blends traditional klezmer melodies with Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban and hip-hop. Their debut album was released in October 2014 and includes the winning track ‘Ikh Hob Dikh Tsufil Lib’, a Yiddish classic originated from Alexander Olshanetsky’s musical comedy Der Katerinshtshik (The Organ-Grinder).
From a shortlist taken from world music fans’ most popular artists, Mostly Kosher were awarded the top spot by a panel of judges, with the Polish band Trzy Dni Później (Three Days Later) and North African fusion band Gabacho Maroconnection as runners-up.
Find out more about Mostly Kosher and listen to the winning track below.
Cross-cultural musical collective Salt Petal are the winners of the latest World Music Network Battle of the Bands with ‘Por La Luna’ from their debut album Sea Monster.
Salt Petal were formed in 2009 by singer Autumn Harrison and Argentinian guitarist Rodrigo Gonzalez, who began experimenting with their music and crafted songs in the local cafes of Los Angeles. Their music was well received and propelled them to expand the band into a five-piece. They quickly gained a local fan base and began playing festivals such as SXSW. The band’s winning track, ‘Por La Luna’, does well to showcase their various influences, including South American music and indie pop.
From a shortlist taken from world music fans’ most popular artists, Salt Petal! were awarded the top spot by a panel of judges, with Cirkusz-KA as runners-up.
Find out more about Salt Petal and listening to the winning track below.
Malian singer Naba TT is the winner of the latest World Music Network Battle of the Bands with ‘Talibé’ from her debut album Dounia
After six years as a backing singer for her elder sister Rokia Traoré, Nabba TT has steadily been carving out a place on the world music stage as a talented vocalist in her own right, culminating in the release of her debut album, Dounia. Unsurprisingly given her background as co-founder of the artist-activist group Les Sofas de la République, Naba’s winning track ‘Talibé’ is part social commentary – named after the Malian children sent to receive an Islamic education from marabouts, who often force them to beg or work instead – as well as a song of maternal love. She might well be working from a foundation laid by her elder sister, but Naba brings her own style and message to the non-griot music Rokia pioneered.
From a shortlist taken from world music fans’ most popular artists, Naba was awarded the top spot by a panel of judges, with Helsinki Cotonou Ensemble and Griselda Sanderson as runners-up.