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Winner of the David Attenborough Songlines Remix Competition announced

Burland announced as the winner of the Songlines Remix Competition following a public vote

Burland will receive an award at this year’s Songlines Music Awards Ceremony and perform the track live for the first time at the aftershow party on November 30 2019 at EartH in Hackney

• The remix will be released as a single on Thursday October 31 2019 on Wrasse Records

Songlines, the leading world music magazine, and PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development, announce today that the winner of the Songlines Remix Competition is Burland.

Following thousands of votes from the general public, Brighton-based DJ and artist Burland (aka Tom Burland) will receive an award at this year’s Songlines Music Awards Ceremony, which will be held at the venue EartH in Hackney on November 30 2019 (tickets are available from www.soundcrashmusic.com) and will perform the track live for the first time at the event afterparty. Additionally, the winning remix will be released as a single on Thursday October 31 2019.

The competition, announced in May 2019, invited UK music creators to remix ‘Gender Wayang’, a field recording from David Attenborough’s critically-acclaimed album, David Attenborough: My Field Recordings from Across the Planet. Recorded over 50 years ago by Attenborough, the track was originally performed by musicians Madé Gerindem, Madé Locong, Ketut Gerinding, Wayan Nyampuh, Wayan Udek, Wayan Mondong and Déwa Ketut Kalé from Teges Kanginan in Bali.

The competition saw over 300 submissions, which were shortlisted to six remixes by an expert industry panel that included Sir David Attenborough himself, broadcaster and songwriter Cerys Matthews, twice Mercury Prize-nominated artist Ghostpoet, electronic artist and producer Hannah Peel, DJ and broadcaster Gilles Peterson, musician, artist, producer and writer Matthew Herbert and ethnomusicologist Dr Andy Channing, a specialist in gamelan music.

The six shortlisted remixes were by music creators Arca, Burland, Clism, Kottarashky, Alison Selby, and Sally Street and were voted on by the general public over the summer. You can listen to the six final remixes here or on the Songlines Podcast (presented by Cerys Matthews) and available to download for free through iTunes.

Paul Geoghegan, Managing Director of Songlines magazine said, “The reaction to the remix competition has been incredible and I’m thrilled that the outcome has led us to identifying the descendants of the musicians of the original ‘Gender Wayang’ recording. As a result we’ve been able to pay artist royalties due from album sales as well royalties from future sales of Burland’s winning remix. I’d like to thank Sir David and his fellow panelists and our partners PRS Foundation for all their support throughout the competition and to congratulate Tom Burland on creating a fantastic remix. I’m very much looking forward to hearing its first live performance at the Songlines Music Awards ceremony on November 30.”

Joe Frankland, CEO of PRS Foundation said “Huge congratulations to Burland on being voted the winner of the competition. The quality of the six shortlisted remixes was extremely high and the creativity shown has been fantastic. It has been brilliant to work with Songlines and Sir David Attenborough on this incredibly unique and creatively inspiring opportunity for UK-based music creators.”

The worldwide gamelan community and the interest generated around the competition led to the identification of the musicians in the original recording from Teges Kanginan in Bali: Madé Gerindem, Madé Kocong, Ketut Gerinding, Wayan Nyampuh, Wayan Udek, Wayan Mondong and Déwa Ketut Kalé. This facilitated the crediting and direct contact and distribution of royalties for the track to their descendants.