Are you a talented world music artist? Enter World Music Network's innovative Battle Of The Bands competition to be in with a chance of featuring on future projects, gaining international press coverage and boosting your profile. Read on for how to enter and what you could win. 

'World Music Network’s innovative Battle of the Bands competition ... has thrown up some remarkable artists' 
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Competition Closing Date: 30 June 2017

Our new and improved Battle Of The Bands section is easy to use.


  • Sign Up! Click here to create an account.
  • Upload your tracks direct from your computer or paste via SoundCloud. 
  • Make it viral - push your track through every postbox, platform and social media outlet you can think of!

Winners Receive: 

  • Inclusion on future WMN projects
  • Promotional email to tens of thousands of world music fans
  • Editorial space in Songlines Magazine

Songlines Media Partner:

  • Songlines magazine has been named as the media partner for the competition. Songlines
  • Winner's in the competition receive editorial space in Songlines.

A short-list will be 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 will then vote to determine the overall winner. Winning entries will be notified by email and announced on our website. Unfortunately we are unable to individually notify all other entrants of the result.

Past Success Stories... 

Monoswezi - The Village

Monoswezi’s music sounds fresh and wide-open: traits that owe to the bands marvelously multi-cultural inspirations. Expect gentle mbira, looping percussion, memorable sung melodies, and subtle saxophone.

Monoswezi entered the Battle of the Band's back in 2012 and were subsequently signed to Riverboat Records for this release.

Listen/Buy The Album

Undiscovered World

The Rough Guide to Undiscovered World

Recent winners have been featured on The Rough Guide to Undiscovered World. An excellently eccentric Rough Guide  that is a whistle-stop tour of wild world music. The music here is previously un-released and sourced direct from 'Battle Of The Bands', so you won’t hear this anywhere else, and it’s not worth missing.

Listen/Buy The Album 

Krar Collective

Krar Collective

Krar Collective entered the Battle Of The Bands in 2011 and have since released their mind-blowing debut album on Riverboat Records. On Ethiopia Super Krar they serve up mind-blowing Ethiopian grooves. Armed with their krar, kebero drums and stunning vocals, they have created Ethiopia Super Krar – an album rooted in tradition, and soaked with attitude.

Listen/Buy The Album 

Amadou Diagne

Amadou Diagne

Amadou Diagne won Battle Of The Bands in 2011 with his entry 'Senegal'. Subsequently he was signed to World Music Network's Introducing label and released his debut album. Hailing from Senegal, Amadou Diagne is a griot. His exquisite song writing is delivered with a distinctive voice, accompanied by his bluesy acoustic guitar, traditional drumming and the occasional glittering kora.

Listen/Buy The Album 

So there is only one thing left to do... 

Click here to enter Battle Of The Bands