Albino Mbie from Maputo, Mozambique is the winner of the World Music category at the International Songwriting Competition 2014 with a song titled ‘Awusiwana.’
While studying music education and performance at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique, he heard about the Berklee School of Music andsubsequently became one of the first students to receive a full scholarship to Berklee through the African Scholars program in 2009.
At Berklee, he was exposed to a diversity of influences but wanted to go deeper into the roots of jazz and expand his knowledge of music. He auditioned and was selected to participate in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), which is directed by pianist Danilo Pérez and has a roster of teachers that includes Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, and Terri Lyne Carrington. BGJI fosters a musician’s artistic vision, and has helped Mbie find his own unique voice in the art form. Mbie later added Mozambican traditions to his music. Albino Mbie released Mozambican Dance in 2013.
The 2nd place went to Hyenik (Chiasmatic) from Vsetin, Czech Republic. In third place, Andrew McPherson, Jah Youssouf (Eccodek) from Guelph, ON, Canada.
The competition received almost 20,000 entries from 120 countries this year. Winners were chosen by a prestigious panel of celebrity and industry judges including Imagine Dragons, Joshua Redman, Garbage, Dido, Keane, Jon Secada, Martina McBride, Monte Lipman (Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, Republic Records); Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros. Records); Alison Donald (Co-President, Columbia Records UK) and many more. More than $150,000 US in cash and prizes will be shared by all the winners.
You can also see the complete list of winners at: http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners