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Special Festival CD offer extended

So popular was the special edition CD ‘30 Real World at WOMAD’ at this weekend’s WOMAD festival that it sold out. If you were disappointed to find out that you were unable to buy this anniversary CD, we have extended the reduced price for one week only.

This 30-track tribute is an assembly of those Real World artists who’ve been most closely connected with the festival over the last three decades – from the spirit-of-82 vibes of The Drummers of Burundi (along with Peter Gabriel’s The Rhythm of the Heat, premiered at the first festival all those years ago) right to the present with contributions from Spiro and Portico Quartet.

Buy '30 Real World at WOMAD’ now

Published 30th Jul 2012, 4:20pm »

Creole Choir Live In Bath

The Creole Choir of Cuba in Bath, UK,

The Creole Choir of Cuba showcased their spectacular harmonies to a packed crowd at the Komedia in Bath last night. The choir were taking time out from recording their second album at Real World Studios. The rip roaring energy of the choir led for some audience members to get out of their seats and dance.

Discover more about the choir

The Official Creole Choir website

Published 20th Jul 2012, 9:20pm »

Remix Competition - Samuel Yirga's 'My Head'

To celebrate the launch of Samuel Yirga’s debut album ‘Guzo’ we are giving you the opportunity to remix the track 'My Head’, taken from the album. 

Listen to the track above, then download the remix stems and submit your track to our dropbox on Soundcloud. The closing date for entries is July 30th. Winners will be announced on the 7th August.

The winning remixer will get their hands on a Soundcloud PRO account along with a copy of the new album, two runners up will receive SoundCloud Lite accounts.

'My Head’ is an Ethio-Latin jazz track, which pays homage to John Coltrane’s “Africa Brass” album (McCoy Tyner on piano), with a nod to Horace Silver and Dave Brubeck. The piano riff-led sonic journey leads you through the east African highlands via a Latin nightclub in Addis Ababa and on to Brazil.

The track, like a lot of Ethiopian music, is in ¾ and 6/4 time signature. The Afro-Brazilian 2/4 pulse gives it danceability!

Enter the remix competition here

Discover more about 'Guzo’

Published 12th Jul 2012, 1:45pm »

Samuel Yirga's Debut Album Out Now

Samuel Yirga - Guzo

Samuel Yirga is a bright young musical talent exploring Ethiopia’s rich heritage. Pianist, composer and Dub Colossus band member, his album ventures into the world of jazz, soul and funk, into big-band brass ensembles and simmers with deeply-impassioned, introspective solo piano tracks.

“Incredible … this album has absolutely blown my socks off!”
Gilles Peterson BBC 6 Music – Album of the Week

“Impressive debut from Ethio-jazz pianist … Twenty-something Yirga is a man on a mission - to become Ethiopia’s greatest pianist. He’s surely halfway there.”

“… (a) staggeringly brilliant album.” 
Sydney Morning Herald *****

“On Yirga’s solo piano pieces we get to hear a full flowering of his spirit and thus his huge potential as both musician and composer … A supremely gifted and versatile young pianist.”
The Arts Desk

Buy Guzo Now (CD / Apple Lossless / MP3)

Discover more about ‘Guzo’

Published 9th Jul 2012, 3:23pm »

'Guzo' selected as Gilles Peterson's album of the week (BBC 6 Music)

Samuel Yirga's debut album 'Guzo' (out 9 July) has been selected by Gilles Peterson as album of the week on his Saturday afternoon show on BBC 6 Music.

On the show (which also featured a conversation with New York rapper Nas) Gilles played a selection of tracks from the album including, 'Firma Ena Wereket', 'Nou Se Soleil' and 'I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun'.

Re-listen to the show online via the BBC website (available until 7 July).

Published 1st Jul 2012, 12:09pm »

Samuel Yirga's New Single 'I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun' Released In US

On a freezing cold snowy night last winter Real World Studios felt as warm as the tropics. The voices of the Creole Choir of Cuba infused Samuel Yirga's version of The Black Gold of the Sun with spiritual soulfulness. Samuel's delight as the Choir lifted the roof with their powerful harmonies was clear to see - his beautifully-arranged tune had come to life. Add the sparkle of Nicolette's voice on the verse plus the towering Horns of Negus brass arrangement and the track was ready to celebrate the coming summer.

The single is now available digitally via iTunes (US) or from our online shop.

Published 18th Jun 2012, 9:46am »

Goodbye to Jan Fairley

Everyone at Real World Records was saddened to hear of the death of Jan Fairley on Saturday 9th June. We have worked with Jan as a writer on a number of Real World releases sleeve notes and artist biographies over many years. Her fantastically knowledgeable and incisive writing has been a inspiration for music lovers, opening up the world of the artist to the reader. We will miss her huge and detailed experience of musical culture and her infectious enthusiasm and passion for the performers she loved.

Published 13th Jun 2012, 8:29pm »

Samuel Yirga Live Session

Samuel Yirga gave this exclusive live performance for PBS radio, Melbourne, fresh off the back of his recent tour of Australia, where he launched his new album 'Guzo'.

Published 12th Jun 2012, 9:54am »

Spiro / Friday, 8 June 2012 - 7:30pm / Hall One / Kings Place

Spiro perform in London on Friday as part of the Songlines Encounters Festival at Kings Place. The festival includes some spectacular international musicians and up and coming artists championed by the magazine.

Friday's concert features musicians who draw on traditional sources but rework them in a refreshingly innovative way - so Spiro were a natural choice with their unique sound world where traditional English music meets Steve Reich.

Published 7th Jun 2012, 10:54am »

Samuel Yirga Is the Soundtrack to The Summer

As the temperatures soar this is the perfect song for a summer's day. Check out Samuel's fantastic interpretation of the classic tune along with friends The Creole Choir of Cuba and Nicolette.

Published 23rd May 2012, 10:45am »

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