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WELCOME TO THE
ORPHEUS GLOBAL INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS

Red Carpet Entrance

And The Nominees For this Year's OGIMA's are...

Here we have a growing selection of nominees, and there's still time to nominate/enter before the closing date if you're quick! 

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Bloodlin3
BEST RAP ACT

In a musical era often painted with monotony, Bloodlin3 shines as a beacon of originality. Eschewing the typical "safe" route many artists tread, they've chosen to break the mold. Where others rely on repetitive styles and auto-tune, Bloodlin3 boldly embraces a multifaceted approach, displaying a lyrical range that swings from fast to slow, dark to emotional.

Beyond their undeniable talent, what truly sets them apart is their conscious decision to redefine rap. By actively avoiding derogatory language and advocating for a culture of respect, Bloodlin3 isn't just creating tracks—they're sparking a movement.

With their unique sound, Bloodlin3 is not merely hoping for change but pioneering it. Their blend of originality, authenticity, and a desire for evolution makes them not just worthy nominees, but potential vanguards of a fresh musical era.

We wholeheartedly nominate Bloodlin3, anticipating the profound impact they'll imprint on the industry.

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ANTi

BEST RAP ACT

In today's ever-evolving music scene, ANTi emerges as a distinct voice amidst the cacophony. Their approach to music - seamlessly blending rap with melodic vocals - is a refreshing break from the norm. But it's not just the blend that catches one's ear; it's the mastery with which they do it.

ANTi's eloquent wordplay isn't just about showcasing linguistic prowess but about channeling raw emotion. Their tracks aren't mere songs; they are narratives, experiences, and emotions all intertwined into rhythmic poetry.

This duality - the harmonious juxtaposition of rap and singing, combined with heartfelt emotions and clever lyricism - sets ANTi leagues apart. They don't just perform; they connect, resonate, and leave an indelible mark on the listener's soul.

For their unparalleled artistry and unique sonic identity, we proudly nominate ANTi. Their music isn't just sound; it's a movement, a story, an emotion.

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SAMBOX & Anita Barbereau

RISING STAR AWARD

Amidst the lyrical cacophony of today's music scene, SAMBOX & Anita Barbereau stand out brilliantly in their unique sonic space. Their dedication to pure instrumentation, devoid of lyrics, showcases that emotion and stories can be conveyed powerfully without words.

The duo's musical sincerity is palpable. Each chord, each progression, every beat resonates with authentic feelings and transports listeners into an auditory narrative. Their compositions challenge the traditional boundaries, proving that storytelling in music isn’t confined to lyrics.

SAMBOX & Anita Barbereau's approach is a testament to their unmatched talent and genuine passion for music. Through their creations, they engage listeners in an intimate dance of emotions, letting the instruments do all the talking. Their refreshing take on music not only showcases their innovative spirit but also reminds the world of the raw power of sound.

For their distinctiveness, dedication, and the indelible mark they're beginning to leave in the industry, we proudly include SAMBOX & Anita Barbereau as nominees for the Rising Star Award.

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Attic Theory

BAND OF THE YEAR

Hailing from the rich musical landscape of Britain's Liverpool, Attic Theory emerges as a luminous beacon in the rock domain. As we seek to crown the Band of the Year, Attic Theory's meteoric rise and consistent excellence position them as contenders.

Their distinct sound, a harmonious amalgamation of melodic rock and soul-stirring lyrics, has not only graced our ears but also our hearts. From every deep vocal crescendo to the electrifying embrace of their guitar riffs, paired with a rock-solid rhythm section, they've carved a niche in the crowded panorama of rock bands.

However, their brilliance doesn't stop at studio recordings. Their live performances are a testament to their unwavering commitment to their art. Watching Attic Theory live is an experience - a heady mix of energy, emotion, and electrifying stagecraft. Their capacity to form a profound connection with their audience, often leaving them awestruck and deeply moved, showcases their innate ability to transcend mere performance into an immersive experience.

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Moon and Aries

BAND OF THE YEAR 

In the vast universe of music, MOON AND ARIES emerge as celestial trailblazers, crafting a sound that isn't just heard, but felt. Nominating them for an accolade isn't just about recognizing talent; it's about honoring innovation and audacity

MOON AND ARIES defy categorization. Their intriguing mix of Electro Pop, Cinematic Synth Pop, Trip-Hop, Alt Pop, and Soul isn't merely a combination; it's a revolution. 

Yet, what makes MOON AND ARIES truly shine is their unwavering commitment to authenticity. In an industry often swayed by mainstream trends, they've charted their course, following a path illuminated by their inner compass. Their music isn't crafted to fit into any mold; it's sculpted to break them.

The duo's ethos echoes clear: they are not of the mainstream, nor do they aspire to be. Their pursuit is one of genuine artistic expression, aiming to touch hearts and awaken senses.

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SAMBOX & Anita Barbereau

BAND OF THE YEAR 

In an era where lyrical content often takes center stage, SAMBOX & Anita Barbereau have carved a niche that's both powerful and distinctive, reminding us of the innate emotive capability of pure instrumentation.

Their commitment to a sound devoid of words speaks volumes about their ability to weave narratives using just chords, progressions, and beats. Each piece they produce invites listeners into a rich auditory tapestry, telling stories that words might sometimes fail to capture.

The musical sincerity of SAMBOX & Anita Barbereau is evident. Their compositions resonate with genuine emotion, challenging and expanding the very concept of musical storytelling. In an industry brimming with voices, their choice to communicate purely through sound sets them apart as innovators and visionaries.

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AZA (US)

BEST R&B ACT

AZA, a multi-talented artist hailing from Bethlehem, PA, embodies the spirit of creativity and versatility in the realm of music and beyond. A graduate from the Performing Arts High School in Bethlehem as a Vocal Major, she brings a strong foundation to her innovative pursuits in the arts.

What sets AZA apart is her unique approach to the creative process. Whether it's penning lyrics in a flash of inspiration or crafting songs through spontaneous improvisation, her music flows from a place of genuine originality. This quality doesn't just make her an artist; it makes her a versatile creator capable of crossing genres, offering listeners an expansive, cutting-edge repertoire to be inspired by.

AZA is not just a singer, songwriter, poet, and visual artist; she is a symbol of what it means to be a diverse and inspiring creative force in today’s world. Given her unique blend of versatility, creativity, and sincere expression, she is a compelling contender for the Best R&B Act Award.

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Hover Bird

BEST INDIE ROCK ACT

Based in Moscow, Hover Bird is redefining the art-rock landscape by blending funk, ethnics, British, and alternative rock elements into a singular, impactful sound. Their reach is global, with their latest EP drawing accolades from various corners of the world—UK, France, Brazil, Poland, Egypt, and India—within just two weeks of release.

Critics like Camil Bobin have applauded the EP's exceptional production quality, noting the inclusion of studio-recorded instruments and a grand piano, which lend both authenticity and emotional depth. Chris Mariotti highlights the band's mesmerizing dual vocals as a unique standout feature.

But Hover Bird is more than just sonic craftsmanship; they are storytellers. Their lyrics offer keen observations on the world, tackling life's ironies while fostering a thoughtful approach to both people and nature.

Considering their innovative blend of genres, technical excellence, global recognition, and narrative depth, Hover Bird stands as a compelling and deserving candidate for Best Indie Rock Act.

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28to15

BEST INDIE ROCK ACT

28to15 has burst onto the scene with a dynamism that is impossible to ignore. Garnering significant industry attention right off the bat (as evidenced in their press kit), the act has hit the ground running with their debut release and already has a roster of finished songs awaiting their next album or EP.

The project, led by Nikiforos Antonatos and Marc Ros, delivers rock tunes with a pop edge, crafting a sound that appeals to a wide and diverse audience. With influences ranging from Counting Crows to Bruce Springsteen and Dave Matthews Band, 28to15 has managed to create a modern yet familiar sonic experience. Their tracks are generally uplifting, infused with a contemporary electronic groove that positions them comfortably among current mainstream artists.

With original songs conveying relatable messages, a burgeoning momentum in the industry, and a sound that resonates with a broad spectrum of listeners, 28to15 is a compelling nominee for Best Indie Rock Act.

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Cas du Pree  - Song Title: Kelly

SONG OF THE YEAR AWARD

In the crowded landscape of contemporary music, it's rare to encounter a song that manages to capture raw emotion in a deeply authentic way. "Kelly," written by Cas du Pree and Arron Storey, does precisely that. A heartfelt ode to the profound experience of losing a sister, the song delves into the complexities of grief and the lingering thoughts of what might have been.

Eschewing conventional song structure, "Kelly" features three verses and deliberately forgoes a traditional chorus. This choice allows the song to maintain its intimate tone while unfolding in a way that feels both natural and poignant. As the song progresses, layers of instrumentation are subtly introduced, each new element complementing and deepening the emotional narrative without detracting from the song's intimate core.

The result is a composition that stands out not just for its emotional gravity, but for its artistic bravery. Cas du Pree and Arron Storey have crafted a song that is both deeply personal and universally resonant, a rare achievement that underscores their exceptional skills as songwriters.

For its genuine emotional depth, its innovative structure, and the sheer craftsmanship it took to balance those two aspects so masterfully, "Kelly" deserves consideration for the Song Of The Year Award. 

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SAMBOX & Anita Barbereau - Song Title - Hanami

SONG OF THE YEAR AWARD

SAMBOX & Anita Barbereau defy convention with their purely instrumental creation, "Hanami." This unique offering proves that words are not a prerequisite for evocative storytelling or emotional resonance.

"Hanami," a term traditionally associated with the Japanese custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers, captures a sense of fleeting moments and ephemeral beauty. The song skillfully weaves an auditory tapestry that allows listeners to engage in a deeply emotional and almost meditative experience. Each chord, progression, and beat is deliberately placed, resonating with an authenticity that transcends language barriers.

SAMBOX & Anita Barbereau’s commitment to their craft is evidenced by the meticulous arrangement and emotional richness of the composition. Their ability to connect with listeners through pure instrumentation showcases not just their exceptional talent but a pioneering spirit that pushes the boundaries of conventional music-making.

For its originality, emotional depth, and innovative approach to storytelling in music, "Hanami" stands as a compelling contender for the Song of the Year Award.

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Emmanuel Carlos St.Omer

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Endowed with an exceptional talent for genre-spanning artistry, Emmanuel's catalog is as diverse as it is profound, covering Christian, Reggae, and Instrumental music. These compositions aren't mere songs but narratives that address the very complexities and subtleties of the human experience. This richness emanates from his life experiences, notably the tragic loss of his son, which he channeled into art, resulting in emotionally compelling albums like "Stronger Than a Storm" and "Brandon’s Songbook."

His accolades speak volumes about his prowess: finalists in the Commonwealth Song Contest, collaborations with industry stalwarts, and winner of the Great American Song Contest in the Christian music category. His music has received radio airplay across 41 countries, marking him as an international sensation.

The measure of a great songwriter isn't just the music he produces but the lives he touches. And Emmanuel Carlos St. Omer has, through his musical journey, touched hearts, uplifted spirits, and united people across borders and beliefs.

For his unparalleled dedication to his craft, the depth of his emotional narrative, and his international impact, Emmanuel Carlos St. Omer is a compelling candidate for the Songwriter of the Year Award.

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SAMBOX

ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD

In an industry that thrives on instant hits and fleeting fame, SAMBOX has carved a niche that transcends trends and time, delivering a consistent stream of emotive and evocative music since 2004. With a repertoire that has enriched over 70 iconic Lounge CD compilations like "Chillout Guide" and "Buddhattitude," SAMBOX's influence extends far beyond mere streaming numbers or chart positions.

This unique artist doesn't just make music; he creates atmospheres. His compositions are not merely listened to but are experienced, serving as sonic backdrops for luxury hotels, spas, and even television programs. Whether it's the ethereal touch of a lounge track or the immersive richness of downtempo and ambient pieces, SAMBOX's music transports the listener to places they've never been, but always wanted to be.

The exceptional quality of SAMBOX's work is further validated by its usage in high-end spaces such as Das Tegernsee, George V, and Westin Hotels, as well as its feature in television productions on networks like M6. This kind of broad, international, and cross-industrial appeal is rare and speaks volumes about the artist's versatile talents and the universal applicability of his music.

In an era marked by rapid change and ephemeral trends, SAMBOX stands as a testament to the enduring power of quality, consistency, and emotional depth. 

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Willy Hobal

RISING STAR AWARD

In a musical landscape often constrained by traditional norms and expectations, Willy Hobal emerges as a beacon of change, championing empowerment and inclusivity through his transformative reggaeton tunes. As an artist deeply committed to uplifting marginalized voices—particularly those within the LGBTQ+ community—Willy Hobal is not just another entertainer; he's a cultural game-changer.

The reggaeton genre, with its history of male domination and problematic lyrical content, is overdue for a makeover. Willy Hobal stands at the vanguard of this transformative movement, producing music that doesn't just entertain, but also enlightens and includes. By pushing for gender neutrality in a genre that has often perpetuated harmful stereotypes, Hobal is not merely contributing to the reggaeton community; he's redefining it.

Moreover, it’s not just about the message, but also about the medium. Hobal’s artistry doesn’t compromise on musicality while delivering his impactful messages. His beats are infectious, his lyrics are poignant, and his stage presence is magnetic.

As the industry undergoes this much-needed shift, Willy Hobal rises as an emblematic figure whose influence is felt far beyond the scope of music alone. For his audacious efforts to reform the genre from within, and for his exceptional artistry that seamlessly fuses meaning with melody, Willy Hobal contends for the title of "Artist of the Year."

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SAMBOX & Anita Barbereau

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Endowed with an exceptional talent for genre-spanning artistry, Emmanuel's catalog is as diverse as it is profound, covering Christian, Reggae, and Instrumental music. These compositions aren't mere songs but narratives that address the very complexities and subtleties of the human experience. This richness emanates from his life experiences, notably the tragic loss of his son, which he channeled into art, resulting in emotionally compelling albums like "Stronger Than a Storm" and "Brandon’s Songbook."

His accolades speak volumes about his prowess: finalists in the Commonwealth Song Contest, collaborations with industry stalwarts, and winner of the Great American Song Contest in the Christian music category. His music has received radio airplay across 41 countries, marking him as an international sensation.

The measure of a great songwriter isn't just the music he produces but the lives he touches. And Emmanuel Carlos St. Omer has, through his musical journey, touched hearts, uplifted spirits, and united people across borders and beliefs.

For his unparalleled dedication to his craft, the depth of his emotional narrative, and his international impact, Emmanuel Carlos St. Omer is a compelling candidate for the Songwriter of the Year Award.

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