And the winner is...

Solo & Indrė! This duo consists of Senegalese griot Solo Cissokho on kora and Lithuanian kanklės-player Indrė Jurgelevičiūtė. Never before have their respective instruments paired up in a musical collaboration: the winning track 'Dama Gerve' is the first recorded meeting of kanklės and kora. The instruments have a very similar sound but represent two different traditional musical cultures, which results in the intertwining of Senegalese and Lithuanian folk melodies with spontaneous improvisations of the musicians. The Norwegian-based Solo Cissokho plays kora and sings, he is a griot – a hereditary performer, storyteller and praise singer who transmits the African traditions and culture first hand though music. Indrė Jurgelevičiūtė, a singer and kanklės player, appears on international stages with world music bands, harmoniously combining her Lithuanian musical root with improvisations in other musical styles and genres. Indrė is one of a few kanklės players who maintains and explores the traditional kanklės sound in various music styles.

Listen to the winning song, 'Damma Gerve' 

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. Solo & Indrė were clear winners so congratulations to them! They will feature in a forthcoming project with World Music Network and will receive press coverage in Songlines.

Watch this space for Solo & Indrė's feature on a World Music Network release, and enjoy different tune by the duo in the clip below