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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.
Big Mimma & Annane Sy Cissé share the accolade
In an unusual turn of events, our good friends at World Music Network have picked two winners to the share the latest Battle of the Bands title. With a host of submitted entries rife with musical talent, WMN had little choice but to split the prize this time around between two very different artists.
Big Mimma hail from Sicily, on the Strait of Messina. Their sound is a crazy mix of rock, reggae, ska, pop, african and etno music, and they use the Sicilian dialect to sing stories, rhymes and tongue-twisters, whether rooted in reality plucked from the imagination. Big Mimma have never thought of themselves as a folk group, nor as a Sicilian roots band; on the contrary, their goal is a musical syncretism typical of Sicilian culture, incorporating modern styles to reach a global audience. Their track ‘Pani Mottu’ is taken from the debut album Lu Stampatu.
Annane Sy Cissé is a young musician from Timbuktu in Mali. He started off in music as an engineer and session guitarist for local traditional artists from the north of Mali, self-producing his first album for the Malian market in 2010. When the civil unrest began in January 2012, he went south to Bamako and kept working for many artists in his home studio, whilst developing his new album project with the cream of young Malian musicians – guitarist Dramane Touré, ngoni (lute) player Djimé Sissoko (Samba Touré) and sokou (one-stringed violin) player Zoumana Téréta, with whom he recorded this winning track, ‘Bala’.
Congratulations to both winners!
World Music Network announce the latest winner in their Battle of the Bands
Simo Lagnawi is a Moroccan Gnawa maalem (master musician) and guembri (lute) player, who honed his craft with Gnawa masters in Morocco for 20 years before establishing himself as the UK’s premier guembri player. This week he has been named winner of World Music Network’s Battle of the Bands.
Lagnawi won the WMN battle with his high-energy acrobatic dancing combined with strident vocals, qaraqab (metal castanets) and guembri playing. Through his desire to ‘take Gnawa past its traditional limitations’ as well as keeping the traditional form of Gnawa alive, Lagnawi continues to step beyond the boundaries of the traditional in his collaborations in projects such as Electric Jalaba and Kamba Band.
Photography by Hassan Hajjaj
See a video of the winning track:
Simo Lagnawi’s debut album Gnawa London will be reviewed in our next issue, Aug/Sept 2013 (#94) on sale July 19. Visit Simo Lagnawi’s website to find out more.
Polish folk band Sutari are the latest winners of World Music Network’s Battle of the Bands, with their track ‘Chłopacy’ (Boys). The song will appear on a forthcoming project with World Music Network.
Combining the instrumental sounds of everyday objects with the female trio’s voices, Sutari are an avant-garde group inspired by Lithuanian vocal traditions. Exploring Polish and Lithuanian folk songs alongside their own original material, they are inspired by Lithuanian sutartines songs, which are sung exclusively by women. Maintaining the original rhythm, form and content, they seek not to change the songs, but instead to highlight the harmony and consonance (or sutari) within their music.
Sutari won Second Prize at XV Polish Folk Festival New Tradition in 2012.
Listen to the winning track below: