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Gabriella Ghermandi Wins Battle Of The Bands


This Italian-Ethiopian writer, storyteller and singer, created the Atse Tewodros Project in an effort to bring together Italian and Ethiopian musicians to foster mutual dialogue and artistic creation. The project was founded in 2010 in Addis Ababa, as a result of the collaboration between the Ethiopian composer Aklilu Zewdy and Professor Berhanu Gezaw. 

The song "Atse Tewodros" is dedicated by Gabriella Ghermandi to Emperor Tewodros II "who modernized Ethiopia while respecting traditions";  one of the most beloved emperors in Ethiopian history. He was the first emperor who was not of Ethiopian royal descent. 

He rose to power because of his perseverance and charisma, qualities that charmed the Ethiopian people to the point that they broke with centuries-old tradition and supported his accession to the throne. He was also the emperor who fought against Queen Victoria’s army and defended Ethiopian independence in the century of African colonization. 

A short-list of this season's competition was determined from the top numbers of community feedback, ratings, and comments a track received. Panelists from World Music Network, Songlines Magazine, BBC and independent radio then voted to determine the overall winner. Well done to all entrants, Gabriella Ghermandi and joint runner-ups Gabacho Maroconnection and Kezz in particular! Gabriella Ghermandi will feature on a forthcoming project with World Music Network and will receive press coverage in Songlines Magazine, so watch this space.