Revisiting WOMAD Select: a collector’s series of unique live recordings
As part of our 30th anniversary celebrations, we are delighted to make available a limited supply of CDs from our WOMAD Select series. Throughout the nineties, we captured many wonderful live performances at Real World Studios by artists from across the world who were visiting the country, often to perform at WOMAD, and many of the recordings were then released as part of the this collector's series.
Staying true to the spirit of the original Real World Recording Week, we invited artists to the studios, offering them a chance for their unique performance to be captured in excellent recording conditions.
The WOMAD Select albums, which were packaged and pressed by the Real World team, were not widely available, with only a limited run of CDs being produced for the artists to sell on tour. As such, they have remained hidden gems: documents of a particular moment in time, committing to record outstanding instances of musical spontaneity and improvisation.
WOMAD Select delves deep into the Indian classical, Asian and West African traditions, with highlights including an epic late-night/early morning performance by U. Srinivas in The Big Room (Dawn Raga), King Waisu Ayinde Marshal’s Talazo Fuiji Party Music and the jazz-mbalax rhythms of Senegal’s Omar Pene & Super Diamono on Direct From Dakar.
On multi-instrumetnalist Gesuino Deiana’s Pintaderas and Pa Bobo Jobarteh’s Kaira Naata, producer Tchad Blake travelled to Sardinia and the Gambia to make fully immersive, binaural field recordings.
Recently we have made some of the WOMAD Select albums available digitally, and as part of our 30th anniversary celebrations, there is now a limited supply of all physical albums in the series available to purchase via the Real World Store. We encourage you to push back the boundaries with the beautiful and unexpected sounds captured in these albums.
All WOMAD Select titles can be purchased with a 50% discount in the Real World Store on 21 June as part of World Music Day 2019 using the offer code “WORLDMUSIC”.
The voice and spirit of Tanzania captured live in selections from a decade of outstanding performances. Featuring recordings of live concerts in the UK and Sweden, alongside tracks from the 1984 Radio Tanzania sessions and recordings at Real World in 1993.
Kabanda’s success story stems from his unique adaptation of ‘Kadongo Kamu’ ('just a small guitar'), the most influential music in Uganda, which blends in swinging ‘Baakisimba’ rhythms as well as Congo-inspired dance beats.
The youngest and most exciting group of Qawwali singers to emerge from Pakistan —nephews of the late great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan— present their stirring interpretation of Qawwali vocal music: devotional love songs based upon classical Islamic and Sufi texts.
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