Winner of the David Attenborough Songlines Remix Competition announced

Following a public vote, leading world music magazine Songlines and leading charitable music funder PRS Foundation, announced Burland as the winner of the Songlines Remix Competition.

The winning remix was released as a single yesterday (Thursday) via Wrasse Records.

Burland is set to receive his award at this year’s Songlines Music Awards Ceremony on 30 November where he will perform the track live for the first time live at an after show party.

The Brighton-based DJ fought off competition from five other shortlisted artists: Arca, Clism, Kottarashky, Alison Selby, and Sally Street.

The competition was first announced in May 2019 and invited UK music creators to remix Gender Wayang, a field recording form David Attenborough’s album David Attenborough: My Field Recordings from Across the Planet.

The track was recorded over 50 years ago and 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.

300 music creators submitted their remixes to the competition, which were then shortlisted to six remixes by an expert panel including Sir David Attenborough, Cery s Matthews, Ghostpoet, Hannah Peel, Giles Peterson, Matthew Herbert and Dr Andy Channing.

You can listen to the six shortlisted remixes at songlines.co.uk.

Paul Geoghegan, managing director, Songlines, says: ‘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, chief executive, PRS Foundation, adds: ‘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.’

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