Helder Tsinine and Kina Zoré in NYC

Peacedriven Award winner Helder Tsinine and his band Kina Zoré are on a three day tour around New York City.  The Peacedriven team had the pleasure of hearing the band perform at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Harlem. Among the set list was Tsinine’s award-winning song “Va Gumulelana”.

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Mozambique Native Helder Tsinine Wins Peacedriven Songwriting Award

Helder Tsinine | Photo Courtesy: MKF Photography

NEW YORK, NY (December 2, 2011) – A bandleader and songwriter originally from Mozambique has been named the winner of the sixth Peacedriven Songwriting Award.

LISTEN TO THE WINNING SONG AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE | READ LYRICS HERE.

Helder Tsinine’s song “Va Gumulelana” topped more than 300 entries to claim the annual music prize, selected by a panel of judges comprised of social activists and musicians. The Peacedriven Campaign, in partnership with Sonicbids.com, sponsors the award.

Tsinine’s composition – written in the Mozambican language Ronga and translated to mean “stop the war, grow in peace” – is performed by his band Kina Zoré and is the first non-English language song to win the Peacedriven Songwriting Award.

“While written in a language that might be foreign to most, the song’s Afro-pop melody and overall spirit translate effectively with universal appeal,” said Anthony Stokes, director of the Peacedriven Campaign. “Tsinine’s talent as a songwriter, mixed with his fellow band members’ outstanding musicianship, make for an award-winning mix.”

As the winner of the Peacedriven Songwriting Award, Tsinine receives a monetary award and his winning song can be heard on the Campaign’s website (www.peacedriven.org).

Along with one grand prize winner, judges also selected three finalists based on originality, melody and lyrics. The three finalists are: Jennings (“Cling to Me”), Malea McGuinness (“Always Something to Believe In”), and Todd Michaelsen (“Love Anthem” performed by the band My Pet Dragon). Reviews of the finalists are posted on the Campaign’s website.

Honorable Mentions include: Eric Colville (“End of War” performed by The Selkies), Lisa Jaeggi (“All the Good”), Levi McGrath (“Children of War”) and Michelle Owen (“Rise Up”).

This year’s winner Tsinine, who now resides in Boston, Massachusetts, grew up in the Mozambican capital of Maputo to a musical family and was raised during that country’s intense civil war lasting from 1977 to 1992. He now leads the Afro-pop band Kina Zoré and according to the band’s website (www.kinazore.com), Tsinine’s life in Mozambique inspired his strong sense of social justice.

His song “Va Gumulelana,” produced by Dillon Zahner, is just one of many he’s written to raise awareness about causes including war crimes prevention and AIDS prevention.

The following musicians played on “Va Gumulelana”: Helder Tsinine (guitar, lead vocals), Stephanie Wieseler (soprano saxophone), Conor Jones (trumpet), Jordan Townsend (tenor saxophone), Dillon Zahner (percussion, background vocals, producer, recording engineer), Galen Willett (bass, background vocals), and Noah Teshu (drums). New additions to the band Kina Zoré include: Sean Peters (trumpet, background vocals), Cory Boris (trombone), and Judith Soberanes (percussion).

The Peacedriven Campaign received song submissions from around the world, including Australia, Canada, France, Jamaica, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States, via the online music network Sonicbids.com.

The mission of Peacedriven, a nonprofit and nonpartisan service project, is to motivate social activists as well as empower a new generation to act. The project has received funding from YouthVenture, the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company and the UNC Center for Public Service. Contact Anthony Stokes at info@peacedriven.com.

For the PDF version of this press release, download HERE.

HEAR HELDER TSININE’S WINNING SONG “VA GUMULELANA”

Kina Zore – Va Gumulelana by peacedriven

 

For more on Kina Zoré, visit these links:

www.facebook.com/kinazore

www.twitter.com/kinazore


Peacedriven Top 4 Finalists and Honorable Mentions

Meet the Top 4 Finalists and Honorable Mentions for the 2011 Peacedriven Songwriting Award Competition.

READ THE PRESS RELEASE ABOUT THE WINNER, HELDER TSININE. CLICK HERE

Runners-Up

Jennings – “Cling to Me” (Jennings’ “Cling to Me” is a pure joy to listen to and has the timeless songwriting magic of top songs like Adele’s “Someone Like You” and Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel”. Jennings is certainly one to hold on to. –Peacedriven)

More on Jennings at: www.jennings-music.com

Todd Michaelsen / My Pet Dragon – “Love Anthem” (“Love Anthem” has aggression in the music and unity in the lyrics, overall delivering a song that is so fitting in a year filled with global outcry. –Peacedriven)

More on Todd’s band My Pet Dragon at: www.mypetdragon.net

Malea McGuinness – “Always Something to Believe In” (Some songs just fit perfectly with the singer’s voice, and this kind of connection is ultimately what helps Malea McGuinness connect with the listener.  “Always Something to Believe In” is aptly titled — it’s truly divine. –Peacedriven)

More on Malea at: www.maleamusic.com

Honorable Mentions

Michelle Owen – “Rise Up”
Lisa Jaeggi – “All the Good”
Levi McGrath – “Children of War”
Eric Colville / The Selkies – “End of War”

 

Peacedriven Spotlights: Amy Stroup and My Pet Dragon



2009 Peacedriven Award winner Amy Stroup debuts her beautiful music video for “Hold Onto Hope Love”. Visit her official website at: AMYSTROUP.COM

My Pet Dragon, led by Todd Michaelsen, perform “Love Anthem” live on IndieAmbassador. The track, written by Michaelsen, made the Top 4 in the 2011 Peacedriven Songwriting Award contest.

Peacedriven and Sonicbids Sponsor 6th Songwriting Award

Are you driven? Peacedriven, that is. If your passion for world peace also shows in your music, you could be the recipient of the 6th Peacedriven Songwriting Award. Three runners-up and one Grand-Prize winner will be selected.

A panel of music industry professionals and social activists will judge entries. The judges will pick a winner based on originality, melody, composition and lyrics. The winner will receive $200. All runners-up will receive a framed certificate, a mention in the press release, and a detailed song review from the judges. Additionally, the winner and 3 finalists will be featured on Peacedriven.com, the hub for peace news and activism.

Founded by the service initiative “Peacedriven.com,” the international contest annually searches for the song that shows the most drive for peace. Be it drive for peace in the world, peace in your home or school, or inner peace; you decide, we’ll listen! The genre is not what matters. The message and melody are what counts. Four Sonicbids winners (one grand prize winner and three runners-up) are guaranteed to be selected.

ENTER NOW AT http://SONICBIDS.COM/PEACEDRIVEN

Peacedriven.com is the recipient of the Doublemint Award (selected by Venus and Serena Williams), the StreetLaw “National Youth Visionary” Award and the Bryan Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Peacedriven Remembers Nobel Winner Wangari Maathi

Peacedriven mourns the loss of Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathi, who passed away today.

On a personal note, Ms. Maathi actually inspired me to name this campaign “Peacedriven”.   As a college student in 2004, I received grants from two companies to launch a service project, but I still hadn’t finalized a name for it.  A short time later, I received a card from the School of International Training and printed on the back were these inspirational words from Ms. Maathi: “Those of us who understand the complexity of peace have the burden to act … we must not tire, we must not give up, we must persist.”

It really spoke to me and inspired me to call the campaign “Peacedriven”.  The name embodies the tirelessness, persistence and passion of so many social activists I know and I’m sure you know as well.

I am saddened at the loss of such a remarkable activist but I know her work for environmental protection and other causes will have lasting impact.  Thank you for the inspiration Ms. Maathi.

-Anthony Stokes, Peacedriven Founder/Director

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Peacedriven Songwriting Award Goes to Kevin Paris

Paris bested hundreds of entries to take the annual award

NEW YORK, NY (January 21, 2011) – A Madison, Wisconsin-based songwriter/singer has been named the winner of the fifth annual Peacedriven Songwriting Award. “Embers of Ubuntu” written by Kevin Paris earned the highest score from the panel of judges, comprised of social activists and musicians. The Peacedriven Campaign, in partnership with Sonicbids.com, sponsors the award.

Campaign director Anthony Stokes applauded Paris for living out the very meaning of Ubuntu, an African philosophy that challenges us to enrich the lives of others. “In today’s music industry, it is becoming harder to find songs with substance,” Stokes noted. “It is refreshing to discover the music of Kevin Paris and we honor him for using his talents to produce meaningful and inspiring work.”

As the winner of the Peacedriven Songwriting Award, Paris receives a cash prize and his winning song can be heard on the Campaign’s website. Visit www.peacedriven.com. “Embers of Ubuntu” (featuring vocalist Andrea Brubaker) is a track from Paris’ debut album “Mangos for Breakfast” and is available on iTunes and Amazon. To learn more about Peacedriven Award-winner Kevin Paris, visit www.kevinparismusic.com.

The Peacedriven Campaign received song submissions from around the world, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany and the United States, via the online music network Sonicbids.com. Judges selected one winner and five finalists based on originality, melody and lyrics. The five finalists and their songs are listed in random order: Patricia Bahia and Jon Hayes (“Peace Will Find a Way”); John McGill (“Wild Mountain”); Christal Prout from the duo Chatham Street (“Kinder Days”); Malea McGuinness (“Time Will Show”); Andie Duncan and Cyndi Duncan-Lumsden, a sister act known as The Bee’s Knees (“Peace Begins With Me”).

The mission of the award-winning Peacedriven Campaign is to motivate social activists as well as empower a new generation to act. The project has received funding from YouthVenture and the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company. Contact Anthony Stokes at info@peacedriven.com.

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Embers of Ubuntu (ft. Andrea Brubaker) by Kevin Paris