9Bach

Wales
9Bach was formed by Lisa Jen and Martin Hoyland in 2005. The name is a play on numbers and words. Lisa: '9 is as in Nain, (pronounced… more »

Iarla Ó Lionáird

Ireland (Irish Republic)
Iarla O Lionaird was born into a world of song in Cuil Aodha, a small, Irish-speaking enclave in west Cork. His mother and grandmother were… more »

The Gloaming

Ireland (Irish Republic)
THE GLOAMING is Irish music super group Iarla Ó Lionaird, Thomas Bartlett, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill. Listen… more »

Spiro

United Kingdom
"When I first listened to the music of Spiro, I thought it was really different. The sounds that hit you first are sounds that you are… more »

Joseph Arthur

United States
Growing up in the '70s and '80s in Akron, Ohio, Joseph Arthur's musical life started off like many others, with mandatory piano lessons.… more »

Syriana

Algeria, Ireland (Irish Republic), Jordan, United Kingdom, Palestine
Imagine a dialogue between East and West. A dialogue of hopes and fears, similarities and differences, histories and futures; a… more »

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Pakistan
The late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is one of the key artists on Real World Records and certainly one of the most influential. His voice is… more »

Simon Emmerson

United Kingdom
As musician, producer and bandleader, Simon's talents have been the catalyst behind many projects. In the Eighties he put together the… more »

State of Bengal

United Kingdom
Saifullah 'Sam' Zaman, the east London DJ and producer who records as State Of Bengal, was first introduced to Paban Das Baul when he… more »

Michael Brook

United States
Over the past twenty-five years, Michael Brook has forged his own path, fueled in equal parts by scientific curiosity, the thrill of… more »

Afro Celt Sound System

United Kingdom
When Afro Celt Sound System burst onto the music scene in 1995, their impact was so instant, so astounding, that it hit like a thunder… more »

Jocelyn Pook

Jocelyn Pook is one of the UK's most versatile composers, having written extensively for stage, screen, opera house and concert hall. She… more »

Joi

United Kingdom
Let the rejoicing begin: Joi are back. Not that these mystical maestros, these Eastern-leaning experimentalists, have been away, mind you.… more »

Ayub Ogada

Kenya
Today Ayub Ogada is regarded as one of the greatest Kenyan artists of all time. He was born in 1956 in Mombassa as Job Seda, a descendant… more »

Little Axe

United States
Who has released records on all these labels: the legendary r'n'b label OKeh, the nu-blues stronghold Fat Possum, the key rap originators… more »

The Blind Boys Of Alabama

United States
Formed some six and a half decades ago, The Blind Boys of Alabama are the Iron Men of the music industry. They predate Elvis, Little… more »

The Terem Quartet

Russia
The individual members of the Terem Quartet came together as students at the Lenningrad Conservatoire in 1986. In just a few years this… more »

Charlie Winston

United Kingdom
"It's near impossible for me to write in one style only," says singer/songwriter Charlie Winston. "And today in my generation of… more »

Speed Caravan

Algeria, France
If you've never regarded the oud - the fretless lute at the core of so much traditional Arabic music - as a rock'n'roll instrument, then… more »

Papa Wemba

Congo Dem. Rep.
The trajectory of Papa Wemba's musical career is long, varied and adventurous. Years of youthful apprenticeship during the '60s and '70s… more »