02 February 2006

World's Best Song?

We don't really think that's the result of the International Songwriting Competition, but the ISC is another way to discover new global music (and music from many other genres as well). You can listen to full-length streams of all the nominated songs.

The overall winner for 2004 was New Zealand's Gin Wigmore, and in 2003 top honors went to one of our favorites, Moana Maniapoto, also of New Zealand. Hmmm...

We haven't had a chance to listen to this year's World Music nominees yet, but we're already familiar with the music of nominees Suzzana Owiyo, David Krakauer, Chiwoniso Maraire, Selasee Atiase, Kiran Ahluwalia, and Zuba. The World Music finalists (song - artist - location) are:
  • Comigo Mesmo (With Myself) - Lu Horta – Saõ Paulo, Brazil
  • Free Nigeria - Baoku Moses – Cincinnati, OH, USA
  • Ji Opogore - Yunasi – Nairobi, Kenya
  • Kisumu 100 (Benga Mix) - Suzzana Owiyo – Nairobi, Kenya
  • Klezmer A La Bechet - David Krakauer – Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • Leemou - Saskia Laroo – Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Maria Salome - Saida Karoli – Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Rebel Woman - Chiwoniso Maraire – Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Run - Selasee Atiase - Accra, Ghana
  • So Nice - Tammy Ben-Eliezer (Minx), Sheldon Campbell (Turbulence) – Brooklyn, USA
  • Tingo Al Tango - Richie Gajate-Garcia, Thania Sanz – CA, USA
  • Tomayziyi - Zuba – Glasgow, Scotland
  • Transbalkanica - Marcel Stefanet (Transbalkanica) – Chisinau, Moldova
  • Yeh Nahnin - Kiran Ahluwalia, Rafi Naza – New York, USA
You can view the complete list of 2006 ISC finalists at songwritingcompetition.com, and fill out the brief registration form if you want to vote. The people's choice award favors the industrious, as one can vote once a day throughout the month of February. Results are announced in March.
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