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Beatbox Battle World Championship

The Beatbox Battle World Championship (BBBWC) is hosted triennially (every three years) hosted by Beatbox Battle TV in a week-long festival held in Berlin, Germany. Face-to-face beatbox battles take place in five different categories:- individual male, individual female, tag-team, crew battle and loop station. In 2015, more than 150 national or major event champions of beatboxing gathered from 50 or so countries, after qualifying to participate in the world event by winning their respective national championships.[1][2]

Alem (World Champion 2015) en concert sur le Festival des Vieilles Charrues 2015
Butterscotch (World Champion 2005) at the Montreux Jazz Festival 2012

HistoryEdit

The first ever Beatbox Battle World Championship was started in 2005 by Alexander “BeeLow” Bülow[3] and took place in 2005 in Leipzig, Germany. The event was the first international beatboxing championship.[1][2]

The second Beatbox Battle World Championship, took place at the 2BE Club am Hauptbahnhof near Berlin-Central Station in 2009.[4]

The 3rd BBBWC in 2012, the 4th in 2015 and the 5th in 2018 were held at the Astra Kulturhaus in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Berlin.[5]

More than 150 artists from 6 continents and 50 countries qualified for the event, including musicians from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines,[6] Singapore, Venezuela, Vietnam, South Africa, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, United States, + 26 European countries were invited to perform in front of around 1,500 spectators.[7]

Event format and qualificationEdit

All competitors have had to qualify for the Beatbox Battle World Championship by winning their national Beatbox Battle championships, or having reached the knock-out stages of the previous Beatbox Battle World Championship, wildcard or special invitation.[8] In the first round, each performer has two minutes time to demonstrate their skills to an international panel of elite judges from the beatboxing world, (such as Reeps One of England)[7] and previous world champions from this tournament, to decide which performers qualify for the Knock-out rounds that are contested in ‘battle mode’ to determine the world champion. The judges base their decision on musicality, technicality,originality, pattern and show quality on the stage.[7]

WildcardsEdit

To qualify for the tournament, a beatboxer has to qualify by winning their national championships. however, there are exceptions to this rule. Some international events are also recognized by the World Championship committee. This was the case for Gene Shinozaki and Dharni, winners of the Grand Beatbox Battles, were invited to compete in the World Championships 2015. There was also a wildcard competition for 2018, where wannabe contenders entered a video for judgement to win a place at the 2018 BBBWC.[7] The results of the 2018 Wildcard event were as follows:[9]

BBBWC ResultsEdit

Individual Male
Edition Year Venue Champion Vice Champion Video/Reference
1st BBBWC 2005   Leipzig, Germany   Joel Turner   RoxorLoops[10]

(Senjka Danhieux)[3]

2nd BBBWC 2009   Berlin, Germany   ZeDe

(Aarau Joel Marian)[11]

  Vahtang

(Vahtang Kalandadze)

3rd BBBWC 2012   SkilleR

(Alexander Deyanov)[12]

  Alem

(Maël Gayaud)[13]

4th BBBWC 2015   Alem

(Maël Gayaud)[13]

  NaPoM

(Neil Meadows)[15]

5th BBBWC 2018   Alexinho

(Alexis Grimaud)[16]

  B-Art

(Bart Voogt)[17]

Individual Female
Edition Year Venue Champion Vice Champion Video/Reference
1st BBBWC 2005   Leipzig, Germany   Butterscotch[18]

(Antoinette Clinton)[3]

(unknown) [1][2]
2nd BBBWC 2009   Berlin, Germany   Bellatrix

(Isabel Ehresmann)[3][19]

  Steff la Cheffe[20]
3rd BBBWC 2012   Pe4enkata[21]

(Adriana Nikolova)

  Flashbox[22]
4th BBBWC 2015   Kaila

(Kaila Mullady)[23][24]

  Sparx

(Emilie Carrey)[25][26]

5th BBBWC 2018   Kaila

(Kaila Mullady)

  Chiwawa

(Karolina Olech)

Crew
Edition Year Venue Champions Vice Champions Video/Reference
2nd BBBWC 2009   Berlin, Germany   Under Kontrol

(Micflow, Mr Lips, Tiko, Faya Braz)

  Beatburger Band

(Jaro Cossigo, Jony Typek, Tiny Beat, Van.Hoe)

4th BBBWC 2015   Beatbox Collective

(Ball-Zee, Bass6, Bellatrix, BFG, Experimental, Hobbit, MC Zani)

  Under Kontrol

(Micflow, Mr Lips, Tiko, Faya Braz)

5th BBBWC 2018   Berywam

(MB14, Wawad, Beatness, Rythmind, Beasty)

  Beatbox House

(Neil "NaPoM" Meadows, Gene Shinozaki, Kenny Urban, Amit Bhowmick, Chris Celiz)

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Tag Team
Edition Year Venue Champions Vice Champions Video/Reference
1st BBBWC 2005   Leipzig, Germany   Attention Deficit Disaudio

(Joel Turner, Tom Thum)

  •   4xSample

(Chrlorophill and Mando)

  •   Beatoxic

(RoxorLoops, Copycat and Karen)

4th BBBWC 2015   Berlin, Germany   Twenteam’8

(Alem and BMG)

  4xSample

(Chrlorophill and Mando)

5th BBBWC 2018   Spider Horse

(Gene Shinozaki and Chris Celiz)

  Mad Twinz

(Jayton and Pash)

Loopstation
Edition Year Venue Champions Vice Champions Video/Reference
5th BBBWC 2018   Berlin, Germany   Saro

(Tristan Coudray)

  Inkie

(Yuri Obukhov)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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