MEET THE 2021 WINNERS

Running from February to May 2021, the competition received entries by artists from over 50 countries in all regions of the world, submitting more than 200 songs. 

The official winners of the 2021 Music Against Child Labour competition as decided by the celebrity jury are:

GLOBAL CATEGORY

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BERNICE
(BURKINA FASO)

SONG: Mpa koss yé (J’ai pas demandé)

Born in 1992 in Ouagadougou, Bernice is a singer, performer and composer. As a child, she joined the youth orchestra AVM, where she took her first steps in live music at the age of 15. Self-taught, she trained herself by imitating artists she admired and composing her own songs.

 

Her journey is strewn with karaoke competitions, singing contests and her love for music, which literally goes beyond understanding. Since 2015, she has been a member of some of the most popular bands in Ouagadougou as a vocal lead. Since then she has been coveted by international and national artists for their performances on stage.

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GRASSROOTS CATEGORY

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MCAZ STUDENTS BAND
(ZIMBABWE)

SONG: VANA AVA (CHILDREN)

The MCAZ (short for Music Crossroads Academy Zimbabwe) band is a union of young musicians who are students at the Music Academy in Harare, Zimbabwe. The band comprises 7 young musicians: Tinotenda Joseph Zingapeta (bass guitar), Bradley Tonderai Sibiya (saxophone), Panashe Arundel Matoi (saxophone), Carl Nathan Tinarwo (lead guitar), Mary Anibal (vocals and mbira), Tanaka Blessing Mushangi (keyboard), Abraham Victor T Samukodza (drums).

 

The band has already performed at social events and special days for several NGOs in Harare, working together to create conscious musical productions that serve to communicate powerful messages to the local community.

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JE suis qu'un enfant

Téné Bénédicte Ouedraogo is an amateur musician. She is a student in licence 2 of legal and political sciences at the Thomas Sankara University of Ouagadougou and in licence 2 of business communication at the Aube Nouvelle University. Her passion for music has enabled her to participate in national and regional singing competitions, including Star Live in Ivory Coast in 2015 and Faso Academy in 2019. She is fond of travelling, sports and meeting people.

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VIRGINIE DEmbélé

ESPOIR

Virginie is an artist, musician and singer-songwriter from the southeast of Mali. Very quickly influenced by the cultural genius of his father, who was a scholar of Malian culture and particularly that of the Bwa people. She sings in French, English, Bambara and the Bwa language. A culture that she now showcases and performs on the international stage. She has a very varied talent with her powerful and piercing voice mixed with the rhythmic dance steps of her people.

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AHMED FARAZ

FARYAD

From a very tender age, Ahmed understood the power of composed sound. He rigorously worked to train his ear by exposing himself to a vast variety of genres. Dedicated to keeping up with his passion for music, Ahmed kept attuned to Pakistan’s music industry via his advertising and PR career. His profession led him to build a strong grasp on the inner workings of the music industry from a macro as well as a micro level.

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JOSè ZEVALLOS del carpio

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Born in Moquegua, in the South of Peru, José studied theatre and was part of the Zarzuela Company of the renown teacher Ana Maria Parodi. He then worked for several TV programs and composed music for over 17 plays of the Horacio Paredes company. He also composed music for renown peruvian singers and arrangers, as Mayra Guzman, Cesar Silva, Coco Linares, Francoise Rodriguez, Hatun Killa and more. He also composed and recorded his own songs.

CLEAR COTTON CATEGORY