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World On Your Street: The Global Music Challenge
Best UK Wedding Songs

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The real sound of the UK's weddings in 2003 ranges from Bhangra beats to klezmer classics to Nigerian fuji rhythms. As part of a national campaign World on your Street teamed up with BBC Asian Network, jewish.co.uk, Olay (Turkish newspaper) and Focus (Nigerian magazine) in the search to discover the UK's best wedding songs.

World On Your Street and its partners have been running features on wedding music across cultures and inviting audiences to vote for the best wedding song ever. The results of these votes are posted below.

There were features on the Best UK wedding songs across BBC Radio including Radio 3’s World Routes on Saturday 5 July, BBC Asian Network Sonia Deol Show from 23 – 27 June

Listen  Listen (10'01) to the wedding songs feature broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour during the week of 28 July.

Asian brideThe best Asian wedding song:
The Sonia Deol Show on BBC Asian Network asked five Asian celebrities to name their favourite wedding songs and make the case for their choice on air (from 23 – 27 June). The online vote has now closed and the winner is Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna chosen by music producer Rishi Rich. Listen to the five songs.
Read more about Asian wedding music.

Jewish weddingThe best Jewish wedding song
Two major Jewish websites www.jewish.net and www.jewish.co.uk, have been running a poll asking visitors to vote for their favourite Jewish wedding song. And the winner is the classic Hava Nagila. Read more about Jewish wedding music here on the World on your Street site.



Nigerian weddingThe best Nigerian wedding song
Focus (Nigerian magazine), African Times and nigeriaworld.com have been running interviews with Nigerian celebrities about their favourite wedding songs and/or inviting readers to vote. And the winner is Mo yege, Halleluyah mo yege. Read more about Nigerian weddings here. Our reporter Maud Hand went to a splendid Nigerian wedding for Radio 3's World Routes on 5 July. Check out our photogallery.

Istanbul, TurkeyThe best Turkish wedding song
Olay (Turkish newspaper) has been running a feature and vote on Turkish wedding songs.
Read about Turkish Weddings here, and listen to the winning song, 'Gül Döktüm Yollarina' by Tarkan.


Do you have a favourite wedding song from your own
tradition? E-mail us here.

Read about Polish wedding songs on BBC Leicester's World on your Street website.



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