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Totó La Momposina Remix Competition Result

It was such a difficult decision to choose the winner of the Totó La Momposina Remix Competition with so very many notable mixes being delivered and so many different styles and approaches being utilised by the mixes.

But decide we must and as such we're delighted to announce the winner of the Remix Competition is…. DJ Nirso. Your prize will be on the way to you very soon.

We'd really like to thank everyone who took the time to enter and to share their brilliant mixes with us. It was tough to choose the winner but great fun to listen to all the entries and argue about who should win! Many thanks again!

And as Totó herself says: "The roots of ancestral music are profound. It's great when they reach the young in such new ways! Thanks to all who participated."

You can listen the winning mix below:

Published 14th Sep 2015, 3:59pm »

Youssou N'Dour Live in Athens 1987

On 16 October 2015 Real World Records will release the album Fatteliku by Senegalese superstar Youssou N'Dour.

The album captures Youssou and his band Le Super Etoile de Dakar at a seminal moment in their career as they travelled the world as the main support act on Peter Gabriel's So Tour.

Recorded in Athens, Greece in October 1987, and never previously available on CD/Download, the album features not only Youssou's full live set but also a rousing version of In Your Eyes, with Youssou joining Peter Gabriel on stage.

As Peter says in his introduction of the band to the Greek crowd that October night; "You are about to see a remarkable group of musicians, playing some of my favourite music. I ask you to give them a warm reception and a good listen: Youssou N'Dour et Le Super Etoile de Dakar!"

Almost thirty years later, you too can now enjoy the young N'Dour, just 28 at the time and already and big star in West Africa, as he makes that final step towards international stardom.

Read about Youssou N'Dour

Pre-order Fatteliku

Published 11th Sep 2015, 4:34pm »

John Metcalfe live in September

John Metcalfe and band had two live shows during September 2015 where they played, amongst others, tracks from his album 'The Appearance of Colour.'

On stage with John were Daisy Palmer (drums), Ali Friend (bass), Tom Cawley (piano), Louisa Fuller (violin), Will Schofield (cello) and Rosie Donovan (vocals).

The shows took place on:

19 September - Galeri Caernarfon

26 September - Kings Place, Hall Two, London

Published 7th Sep 2015, 2:44pm »

Doudou N'diaye Rose (1930 - 2015)

We were very sad to hear of the death of Doudou N'Diaye Rose last week, aged 85.

The Senegalese master drummer and band leader, who was named a "living human treasure" by Unesco, became an emissary of his native culture's joyous rhythms, touring with percussion orchestras in Europe, Asia and the United States.

He first caught the wider world's attention when, in 1959, US singer and dancer Josephine Baker invited N'diaye to perform with her shortly before Senegalese independence. He has since collaborated with musicians including Miles Davis, the Rolling Stones and Peter Gabriel.

"Doudou was an extraordinary musician and a delight to work with. He always struck me as a Yoda type of figure who's magic powers extended deep into the rhythmic arts. He would appear in various incarnations, in different family groupings, turning wonderful, complex rhythms into beautiful compositions.

"My favourite Doudou moment was seeing him perched at the top of a pyramid of Senegalese drummers in his dinner jacket, as part of Jean-Paul Goude's Bicentenaire celebration along the Champs Elysees, mustering all the pride and passion that he would always deliver." Peter Gabriel

Published 24th Aug 2015, 2:48pm »

Society of Sound: August

The August release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound comes from Sunderland-born singer/guitarist Marty Longstaff, better known as The Lake Poets, and is available now.

The Lake Poets' self-titled debut album was recorded in just three days in Nashville. That Longstaff recorded enough songs to seriously consider releasing a double album is testament to his dedicated work rate. That the 11 songs to make the final album are sparsely beautiful and set to see Longstaff mentioned in the same breath as John Martyn and Richard Thompson are credit to a startling ability to pare his finger-picked guitar playing to the bare essentials, just right for Longstaff's shimmering, pure vocals.

The Lake Poets is certainly an album that's easy to get lost in, drawing listeners in with intimate songs rich in painting the big picture about love and mortality by way of a keen eye for the vivid small details of life. "People are interesting and they've all got good stories. If you listen to them, you always learn something" says Longstaff.

Although made at Nashville's Blackbird Studio, a place where countless American music legends have recorded, Longstaff's voice echoes with the unadorned distinctively North East tones of Paddy McAloon and Martin Stephenson & The Daintees.

However it was another alumni of the North East, Dave Stewart, that has produced the album in Nashville with musicians including drummer Chad Cromwell (Neil Young, Mark Knopfler), pedal steel guitarist Dan Dugmore (James Taylor, Bob Dylan), bassist Michael Bradford (Ringo Starr, Stevie Nicks), plus Academy of Country Music Award winners Mike Rojas (keyboards) and Michael Rhodes (bass).

"Within seconds of hearing Marty's voice, I was scrambling to get directly in touch with him. I was sent a link to a YouTube video by a chap in my home town called Harry Collinson. He said when he heard this boy sing at a charity concert held in a church it made him well up with tears. Marty, aka The Lake Poets, is from Sunderland -which is also my hometown. So I not only connected with his voice, but every word that fell from his mouth was like a road map back home to the emotions and feelings I had growing up there. Marty sings the truth as it is - no holds barred, and his sense of melody is intrinsically linked to those huge stormy skies and the crashing waves that inhabit the North East of England - and weave their way into great songwriters minds. Marty is the real deal, one of the greats up there following a lineage of english songwriters from John Martyn, Nick Drake to Richard Thompson and Thom Yorke. The emptiness you feel in this recording comes from a deep sense of knowing - and allows the listener to follow the story all the way back to the heart." - Dave Stewart

Within three days, 24 songs were recorded. "Nashville is a long way to go to f*** up," laughs Longstaff, an effusive and innately inquisitive soul whose Master's degree in Linguistics can be detected in his love of using words to great effect both in his songs and in conversation. "I worked as hard as I could. I thought 'I've got an opportunity in a world-class studio here'."

Read more about the incredible story behind The Lake Poets' album and watch an exclusive video premiere of the track 'Your Face' at Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound.

Published 20th Aug 2015, 11:22am »

New Sidestepper Single & Album!

Real World Records is delighted to announce that Sidestepper will be joining the Real World family with a new single and forthcoming album.

Come See Us Play, the first single to be taken from the band's brand new album Supernatural Love, is a prime slice of good-time summer vibes and is released today!

Get the single immediately when you pre-order the album on iTunes

The single is accompanied by a fantastic video filmed on the Metica River, Puerto López (the geographical centre of Colombia) and is directed by renowned Colombian movie director Jorge Navas.

Supernatural Love will follow early next year.

"This feels like we're starting afresh, and what you're hearing this time has come from here, from Colombia, from a small community in the Candelaria. We've tried to put a sound and a voice to how we live here but most of all we've tried to put a call out to love in all its forms, and I guess we started with our love of music itself." - Richard Blair

Sidestepper have long been pioneers of electronic dance music but the inspiration for the sound of Come See Us Play (and the new album) comes from a desire to create an organic sound that goes back to the traditions of the incredible dance bands - the great 'orquestas' from Colombia, Haiti, Trinidad, Cuba and Africa - that existed before the electronic revolution in the '80s and '90s.

Strong and groovy, timeless and fluid: welcome to the next chapter of Sidestepper.

Read more about Sidestepper

Published 14th Aug 2015, 2:33pm »

Bowers & Wilkins Sound System at WOMAD 2015

Following the success of last year's live outing for B&W Society of Sound, this summer we upgraded to a bigger tent this year as part of WOMAD Charlton Park.

- Hannah Peel live on the B&W Sound System stage, 25 July 2015. Photography: York Tillyer.

B&W Sound System brought an unparalleled festival sound experience. Each day the space celebrated the art of listening with talks, acoustic sessions, experiments in electronica; late into the night the tent throbbed with DJ sets.

The B&W stage line up, tailor-made for its 135,000 Watt speaker stack, brought absolute clarity to an audience that is passionate about sound.

It was a joy to the ears of everyone who took part: "I would describe the Bowers & Wilkins sound as a happy face, a funking bass with a loving race" (Jazzie B)

See more photos and read the story of the weekend in this Adobe Slate story by York Tillyer.

- John Metcalfe live on the B&W Sound System stage, 24 July 2015. Photography: York Tillyer.

Published 13th Aug 2015, 11:07am »

Totó Remix Competition Conclusion Announced

We've had some outstanding remixes delivered and are giving you an extension to midnight 17 August BST for any final deliveries.

We will then announce the winner on September 10th 2015

Thanks for all your submissions
Real World Records

More information

Published 4th Aug 2015, 5:07pm »

Totó La Momposina featured on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday

Rachel Martin talks with Felix Contreras about the story behind Tambolero. Listen here:

Read the Felix Contreras review of Tambolero:

Published 3rd Aug 2015, 2:10pm »

Totó Triumphs at WOMAD

In spite of a damp afternoon in an English field, crowds of festival-goers bounced their multi-coloured umbrellas in the air as Totó and her remarkable band transported the audience to sunny Colombia. The reviews have been unanimously outstanding.

"Totó... remains in magnificent voice at 74, and a commander of crowds, even those cowering under heavy sheets of English rain." **** The Independent

"She's in glorious, gutsy voice, backed by musicians and dancers including her children and grandchildren." **** The Guardian

"The joyous, dancing figure of Toto La Momposina was barely visible through the forest of umbrellas." Evening Standard

Read more about the remarkable story behind Tambolero

Published 30th Jul 2015, 2:14pm »

Latest Releases

- The Gloaming

Supernatural Love
- Sidestepper

Fatteliku (Live In Athens 1987)
- Youssou N'dour et le Super Etoile de Dakar

- Totó La Momposina y sus Tambores