Ananda Shankar

The Ananda Shankar Experience & State of Bengal 'Walking On' CDRW83 The first thing to say about this music is that it wasn't made by a… more »

Djivan Gasparyan

DJIVAN GASPARYAN Djivan Gasparyan is unquestionably one of Armenia's greatest musicians, a living legend. He is the foremost virtuoso of… more »

Guo Brothers

China (Peoples Republic)
Music has always been a vital part of the Guo Brothers' lives. Their father was a well-known erhu player (Chinese two-stringed violin) and… more »

Jam Nation

Jam Nation is the product of one of the legendary Real World Recording Weeks of the 1990s. The Recording Week events were spontaneous… more »


Maryam Mursal, with her stunning voice, is the female star of Waaberi. More than any other Somali artist she is capable of blending musical… more »

Abdel Ali Slimani

Abdel Ali Slimani was born in the U Anasser district of Algiers, the heart of a vibrant cosmopolitan port with one eye on Europe, the other… more »

Pan African Orchestra

Central African Rep.
The Pan African Orchestra is a most unusual institution, founded on lofty and ambitious ideals. Nana Danso Abiam, the Pan African… more »

Justin Vali Trio

Hailing from Madagascar, The Justin Vali Trio is Justin Rakotondrasoa, Doudou (Romeo Tovoarimino) who plays the acoustic guitar, and… more »


Burkina Faso
A flute entwines its melancholy call with the voice of the wind in the reeds as a young Peul shepherd dreams of his homeland, the dry and… more »


Ashkhabad is the capital of Turkmenistan and its cultural heart. The city's finest musicians have come together and called themselves… more »

Doudou N'Diaye Rose

Doudou N'Diaye Rose (1930-2015) was a legendary master drummer of Senegal, who carried with him a vast repertoire of traditional rhythms as… more »


A child prodigy, born in Madras, Southern India, who studied violin from the age of five, Shankar commissioned the creation of the unique… more »


Exhilarating traditional dance music from Guinea-Bissau, in West Africa - displaying some of the deepest roots of blues, jazz and… more »


China (Peoples Republic), Ireland (Irish Republic), Japan
Pól Brennan (ex-Clannad) collaborates with Chinese flautist Guo Yue and Japanese percussionist Joji Hirota (formerly with Stomu Yamashta's… more »

Musicians of the National Dance Company of Cambodia

During their dreadful mission to change Cambodia back into a peasant society the Khmer Rouge almost wiped out a thousand years of their… more »


For most people, Mozambique conjures up images of tragedy: war, famine, and millions of refugees living on food aid. The other side of… more »

Sabri Brothers

Pakistan's foremost and best-loved Qawwali ensemble, the Sabri Brothers, have thrilled audiences all over the world for over 30 years. … more »

K. Sridhar and K. Shivakumar

Initiated into the Carnatic tradition from early childhood, Sridhar and his brother Shivakumar are descendants of twelve generations of… more »

Tabu Ley Seigneur Rochereau

Congo Dem. Rep.
One of the greatest stars of Zairean music with a career bridging decades. Light and precise soukous rhythms, Latin-inflected horns, rich… more »


United Kingdom
In 2002 Real World brought together the contemporary American soundtrack composer BT and the UK's superstar DJ Sasha. With the additional… more »