Music enthusiasts from all over the world have voted for their favourite Beyond Music Vol.1 entries. An incredible 85,000 votes were cast. We sincerely thank you all for your great engagement!
We now present to you the three collaborations that inspired you the most. Thanks to a private donation, we were able to increase the prize money for the three winners. The first place, the collaboration with the most votes, will be awarded with 8,000 US dollars, the second place with 4,000 US dollars and the third place with 2,000 US dollars. On behalf of all the winners, we thank the generous donor from the bottom of our hearts.
Congratulations to the three most popular collaborations and for touching so many people with your music!
15769 votes were given to the collaboration "Water" by four artists from Congo, Kazakhstan, the USA and Switzerland.
In this song, water is a metaphor for the emotional connection between people which can bridge cultures and cross borders. It is also a basic universal human need that we share. Water is a critical natural resource, and in many countries, the lack of it affects predominantly women, who often have to carry it over extremely long distances with great effort. But collecting water also brings women closer together in their shared mission. Featuring the beautiful and powerful voice of Sheryl Gambo.
9924 votes were cast for the musical piece "Diva" by two artists from Russia/Ukraine and India.
'Diva (A Bird by Choice)'' is a song celebrating the spirit of independent women across the world who dared to follow their dreams rising above of all the social boundaries. Bijayashree: “This Original is a composition close to my heart.“ As it says...Music has no language, this original composition has lyrics which do not necessarily have any meaning. It is a pure musical composition composed under the guidelines of a traditional Indian Raga.
7785 votes went to the song "FunkyLami", created by four artists from Iraq, Germany, Peru and Switzerland.
Based on an Iraqi Maqam called Lami, this piece has the elements of Funk, Jazz, and Iraqi Makam. That work is empowered by using a floating bridge Iraqi style Oud, playing a long the funky rhythm. The Flute, played by Sandro, beautifully blends with the Oud creating a passionate "dance" on the funky rhythm of Michael and the warm, artistic and elegant bass line played by Osmar. Adding to that, an improvised vocal "Mawal" singing an ancient love poem.