Interested in what the fifth round of the Song Contest had to offer? Jury sessions, studio productions and a final with impressive live performances – there was a lot going on at the Song Contest! Here are some impressions of the highlights of the fifth round, to which over 600 songs were submitted.
The grand finale of the Song Contest "Dein Song für EINE WELT!" (Your song for ONE WORLD) has produced a new EINE WELT song (ONE WORLD song): "Kinder der Welt" (Children of the World) by Shayla & Filo from Berlin is the new EINE WELT song 2023 and thus the anthem of the current round of the School Competition on Development Policy.
With their song, in which the two ten-year-olds draw attention to the urgency of global climate protection and peaceful interaction with one another, they not only secure a studio production and a place on the EINE WELT album (ONE WORLD album) Vol. 5, but also win a professional music video shoot and prize money of 1,000 euros.
Great live performances with strong messages for One World: On December 9, 2023, the judges had a tough decision to make among the top 5 finalist songs in the Song Contest final – "Keine Gewinner" by ILDIKO, "На світло" (Zum Licht) by Mashuka, "Zugpferde" by Liuz, "A Letter To My Girl" by Neele & Joci and "Kinder der Welt" by Shayla & Filo.
The BaseCamp in Bonn served as the backdrop, offering to sleep in nostalgic caravans and plenty of space for around 350 enthusiastic guests who watched the final with excitement. The jury was also very impressed by the performances of the top 5: "It's impossible to decide and I bet that every juror has a different opinion. And that's when the discussion really heats up," revealed presenter Jess Schöne shortly before the results were announced. She herself has been a juror several times and therefore knows what she is talking about. In the end, however, the jury came to a final decision and chose "Kinder der Welt" by Shayla & Filo as the new EINE WELT song.
The final of the Song Contest 2023 was not just a big concert evening; it also entailed a colourful supporting program with workshops, information stands and hands-on activities where the winners could devote themselves to various One World topics. To start things off, there was an evening program on 7 December with creative games and lots of fun. This gave the children, teenagers and young adults, as well as the people accompanying them, the opportunity to get to know each other and discover what they have in common.
A two-day workshop program then started on 8 December. In addition to "Vocal Coaching", a classical singing workshop, participants who had always wanted to try out new instruments were able to do so at the "Rhythm & Jam" workshop. "Music & Business" offered a broad overview of the various sectors and players in the German music industry. At the "App2Music" workshop, participants were able to try out various music apps for tablets and smartphones for beat creation and composition. "Afraid of the climate crisis?" – with this question, the workshop focused on the emotional and psychological handling of the flood of bad news. The "World distribution game" is an action game and offered participants the opportunity to learn more about the distribution of individual world resources and power relations in a practical way.
The "Songwriting" workshop provided assistance in finding topics and support as well as tips on writing song lyrics. In the workshop "Getting started with the SDG. Your ideas for helping to shape the One World.", the 17 goals were examined more closely, commonalities and contradictions between the goals were identified and ideas for helping to shape the One World were collected. "How young people can actively stand up for their interests" was presented in a workshop by Kindernothilfe, a long-standing Song Contest partner. Participants learned how their own message can reach even more people in a compact "Media coaching" session.
At the evening jam session on December 8, all the winners were able to make music and sing together in new constellations. In addition to songs by Nirvana, Amy Winehouse, Wham! and many more, the setlist even included the hit "Hier kommt die Maus" in Stefan Raab's version from 1996. Music lovers who not only wanted to listen to the music but also play along found their place on stage that evening.
All songs for the EINE WELT album Vol. 5 will be professionally recorded in the Kreuzberger Musikalische Aktion e.V. studio. The studio productions are accompanied by musical coaching sessions in which the artists can expand and deepen their musical skills. Once again, some international participants are among the winners in this round. For example, the winning band Nossa Música from Brazil.
On October 5, 2023, a jury consisting of prominent patrons of the competition as well as experts from the fields of development policy, music education, media and sustainable development met in Berlin.
The jury awarded 20 album places and three special prizes. Jhamil Amn from Senegal won the special prize for "Africa" with the song "Thiafka Ndox". The song "unity" by the joint music project Dreams from Morocco and Germany was awarded the special prize for "Partnership Cooperation". The special prize for "Best Song Lyrics" went to X-Five from Dreieich for the song "Future Memories (Peace is near)".
In addition to the top 20 and the special prizes, the jury nominated the five songs that competed for the title of EINE WELT song in the final decision on December 9, 2023. "Choosing a top 5 from these outstanding songs was a very challenging task. After all, the young musicians all submitted inspiring songs with strong messages," emphasized jury member Rainer Maehl from the Institute for Vocational Education and Training in Hamburg.
The Brazilian band Nossa Música won the user voting of the fifth round of the Song Contest. Their song "Eu ou Nós?" deals with the exploitation and destruction of natural resources as well as human selfishness. At the same time, the band calls for a more sustainable approach to the earth in order to protect it for future generations. A message that resonated: Over 2,500 people voted for the band's song in the three-week online voting.
"We learned a lot of new things about songwriting. In the beginning, we had a bit of trouble writing a song. Now we've learned to use different methods and to try our hand at melodies," says the band about their development during their participation in the Song Contest.