As The Creole Choir Of Cuba continue their UK tour, the BBC filmed their performance at Celtic Connections.
They also did an exclusive Global Gathering live set for the BBC at Celtic Connections. Hear Eugenia talk to Mary Ann Kennedy on behalf of the choir and listen to their live performances.
(The set starts 1 hour 29 mins into the programme)
Aurelio is one of the most extraordinary and passionate Central American artists of his generation, and with Laru Beya he has created an irresistibly soulful and uplifting album. Hailing from Honduras, Aurelio is recognised for his powerfully evocative vocals and talent as a composer, guitarist and percussionist. He is also a major tradition-bearer of the threatened Garifuna culture that fuses African and Caribbean roots. The album was recorded in Honduras, Belize and Senegal - where Aurelio worked with Youssou N'Dour and Orchestra Baobab, who both guest on Laru Beya.
We start 2011 with an impressive run of UK touring from Real World artists. Whether it's The Creole Choir of Cuba at Brighton Dome, Portico Quartet at the Barbican or Skip 'Little Axe' McDonald at The Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh, there's a diverse range of music for all tastes.
Please read on below for further info...
Electronica meets 21st century jazz in Portico Quartet's melodic, rhythmic music that mixes the inspiration of Philip Glass and Steve Reich with a very contemporary kind of improvisation. After the eagerly anticipated re-release of their remastered Mercury nominated album, 'Knee-Deep In The North Sea' on 31st January, Portico Quartet commence their UK tour with the Penguin Café in February.
See Portico Quartet perform on...
6th February - Nottingham
7th February - Manchester
9th February - London
10th February - Basingstoke
11th February - Warwick
15th February - Bristol
17th February - Northampton
18th February - Brighton
20th February - Gateshead
21st February - Edinburgh
"uncommonly beautiful." Time Out
Skip "Little Axe" McDonald hits the road later this month for a series of solo gigs. Very different to the large-scale Little Axe band experience, Skip's solo shows see the legendary guitarist ploughing the roots of American blues with his moody guitar licks and soulful vocals.
See Skip "Little Axe" McDonald perform on...
28th January - Lincoln
29th January - Colchester
10th February - Scotland
11th February - Edinburgh
25th February - Wiltshire
5th March - Essex
12th March - Cardiff
19th March - Nottingham
26th March - Bristol
2nd April - London Coronet
12th May - Barnstaple
9th July - Hertfordshire
"McDonald is a master of the contemporary blues." The Guardian
Joining The Creole Choir at Scotland's Celtic Connections festival will be The Blind Boys of Alabama on 23rd January. This timeless gospel ensemble has been spreading the word for six decades, and with a repertoire encompassing both gospel classics and contemporary spiritual material, The Blind Boys of Alabama are a joy to behold!
After a sell out residency at the London Jazz Festival, The Creole Choir Of Cuba will soon begin their UK tour. Hear the passionate melodies, wild harmonies and richly textured arrangements of this remarkable group, whose jubilant performances celebrate roots, resistance and the irresistible rhythms of life.
See The Creole Choir Of Cuba perform on...
Thursday 27th January - Gateshead
Saturday 29th January - Glasgow
Tuesday 1st February - Bristol
Wednesday 2nd February - Aberystwyth
Thursday 3rd February - Swansea
Sunday 6th February - Brighton
Tuesday 8th February - London
Wednesday 9th February - Croydon
Thursday 10th February - Bury St. Edmunds
Saturday 12th February - Manchester
Monday 14th February - Birmingham
Tuesday 15th February - Basingstoke
Friday 18th February - Southampton
Saturday 19th February - Chichester
Sunday 20th February - Nottingham
"The sweet harmonic sounds and melodies brought audience members to their feet with tears of joy... Spiritually uplifting... A must see for the whole family!" The Voice
Samuel Yirga is a young pianist from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, who has been touring internationally with the band Dub Colossus. He has only been playing piano for a little over 5 years, but at the age of 25 he has developed into a prodigy! He plays one night a week in a jazz club in Addis, where he has won a cult following. "I take traditional music and turn it around, and people in Ethiopia are starting to listen to the way it swings now". Samuel has just finished recording his debut solo album here at Real World Studios which will be due for release on Real World Records in 2011.
Samuel will be playing his first UK Show Live at Momo's, London - Free Admission - 8pm Tuesday 15th February 2011
The festive season (or is it the numbing cold?) has got to us and we've put together a collection of heartwarming musical offers and made dozens of new and old digital albums available in our shop.
Peter Gabriel's entire back-catalogue, from 'Peter Gabriel 1 (Car)', to his orchestral covers on 'Scratch My Back', is now available digitally in WOMAD Shop.
We've put together an amazing musical offer for the holiday period. 12 great albums over 12 days, each available to download at amazing prices from our store starting on December 25th. Each of the albums on offer will also feature a selection of 4 full tracks for you to listen to for free. We've got some of the best recent releases on Real World Records with gems from the Peter Gabriel back catalogue. Check back each day at womadshop.com/12days/ to download some of our best music at incredible prices.
There's 20% off all Peter Gabriel and Real World Records digital albums in our store, so it's a good time to discover some new sounds at special rates to brighten your day.
Peter was awarded the Music Industry Trusts Award in 2004 and this selection of tracks was specially selected by him to mark the occasion. Previously only available to guests at the award ceremony, this compilation 'Uscita' is now available as a high quality MP3 or an Apple Lossless download exclusively at WOMAD Shop.
TMM (The Music Magazine) have created a poll to find the best independent music label for 2010.
We'd love you to support us here at Real World Records, so click the link below and vote for us now!
The top 50 will be announced in January 2011.