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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.
Babar Luck has won the latest World Music Network Battle of the Bands with his track ‘When Two Worlds Collide’. Moving beyond both lyrical and stylistic borders, his impressive performance earned him the majority vote.
Based in London, Barbar Luck takes his audience on a musical journey aimed at peace and unity. This is nicely summed up with his catch phrase: ‘Music for all peoples? Yes, indeed.’ Luck draws his influences from artists like Salif Keita, Ali Farka Touré, BB King, Mohammed Rafi and Skinnyman. As well as being a notable solo artist, Babar Luck is as also the frontman of his band Babar Luck World Citizen Folk Band.
Voted for by WMN’s fans, Babar Luck topped the list with ‘Two Worlds Collide’. This song will appear on a forthcoming project with World Music Network. Listen to the winning track below.
World Music Network announce Persian-jazz group from Australia as the latest winner in their Battle of the Bands
Daramad won the latest World Music Network Battle of the Bands with their track ‘Isfahan’. A rich blend of improvisatory world-fusion, the Australian group combine Persian instruments such as the baglama, tambak, and daf with double bass and saxophones, and mixed percussion.
In the Persian classical tradition ‘daramad’ refers to the process of beginning, appearing or emerging. The group evolved through a series of improvised concerts at the KULCHA Multicultural Arts of Western Australia. Performing original songs as well as arrangements of classic Persian repertoire, the group describe their sound as ‘akin to a Persian carpet of vibrant tonal colours and subtly evolving motifs.’
Voted for by WMN’s fans, Daramad topped the list with ‘Isfahan’. This song will appear on a forthcoming project with World Music Network. You can listen to the track below.