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The Creole Choir Of Cuba - UK TOUR 2011

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

Published 21st Jan 2011, 10:09am »

Samuel Yirga - First UK Show Live at Momo's, London Free Admission - 8pm Tuesday 15th February 2011

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

Published 12th Jan 2011 »

Discounts and New Digital Albums

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 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.

Published 23rd Dec 2010, 5:24pm »

Best Independent Record Label 2010 - Vote for Real World Records!

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.

Published 22nd Dec 2010, 10:35am »

Remmy Ongala 1947-2010

Remmy Ongala passed away at his home in Dar es Salaam on Monday 13th December 2010.

"Working with Remmy was one of the real pleasures. There was a delightful, effortless musicality about everything he did, and once he and his band were fired up, they could take you away into their own unique, mesmerising world.
I loved his voice, and I loved the man. We shall miss him."
(Peter Gabriel)

"Everyone at WOMAD and Real World were deeply saddened to hear of the death of one of Tanzania's, indeed Africa's, most inspirational musicians Remmy Ongala. Remmy performed with WOMAD many times and was a hugely popular and influential artist. His distinctive style of Ubongo music was loved by audiences throughout the world and he will be remembered for his outspoken Swahili lyrics which championed the urban poor. He and his band Super Matimila will continue to touch people through the recordings he made, both with Real World and WOMAD Select. Our thoughts are with his wife and family during this sad time."
(WOMAD & Real World)

Known as the "Doctor", Remmy originally came from Kindu in North Eastern Zaire. He performed in bands from the age of sixteen, learning his craft from his father, who was a well-respected, traditional musician. In 1978 Remmy travelled to Dar es Salaam where he joined Orchestra Super Makassy and later formed his own band, Super Matimila, named after the local businessman who bought and owned their instruments.

His presence was almost majestic and his distinct voice, rich and soulful, soared above the lilting rhythms of the Super Matimila. The rolling melodic drive of Zairean soukous is undeniable, yet there is also the influence of traditional Tanzanian rhythms and hints of Latin and Soul.

In Tanzania, Remmy's popularity was unrivalled; his reputation preceded him even to the remotest parts of the bush. His audience saw his lyrics as allegories, often attacking the country's ruling elite. He never assumed the mantle of spokesman for the masses but did both articulate the concerns of ordinary Tanzanians and initiate debate, with, for example, his song about AIDS, 'Mambo Kwa Soksi'. As he himself previously said, "I am successful in Tanzania because I write songs about serious topics ... my music is known as 'ubongo beat', because in Swahili 'ubongo' means brain and my music is heavy thinking music."

Published 16th Dec 2010 »

The Creole Choir Of Cuba Perform Live on Dutch TV

The Real World Team are very excited that The Creole Choir Of Cuba made a recent performance on the Live Dutch Television programme, The Raymann Show.

Watch the Creole Choir effortlessly performing "L'Atobonite Oh" in the last 5 minutes of the video.

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Published 15th Dec 2010, 4:23pm »

The Blind Boys Of Alabama begin their annual Christmas tour

Catch them performing the soulful songs of Christmas plus traditional gospel favorites and check out the rousing video of "Last Month of the Year".
The original song can be found on their Grammy award winning Christmas album GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN. Though it's been out for a while, the CD was recently named one of the 9 best things about Christmas by the Chicago Tribune.

Published 13th Dec 2010 »

Young Ethiopian Prodigy - Debut London Solo Show

Samuel Yirga is a young pianist from Addis Ababa, introduced to Real World through his involvement with the band Dub Colossus. He has only been playing piano for a little over 5 years, but at the the age of 25 he has developed into a prodigy in Ethiojazz.

Samuel will play a special 25 minute set of solo piano at 6.30pm on Saturday 11th December in The Front Room at the Southbank Centre (in the foyer of the Queen Elizabeth Hall).

In the studio at Real World while recording the first Dub Colossus album, the dreadlocked Samuel looks up from the piano he has been playing without a break for the past couple of hours. Just before making the trip to England (his first ever journey outside of Ethiopia), a friend found him a piano, the first he has ever owned. "Most musicians don't have any instruments, so to be here is amazing." He plays one night a week in Addis's only jazz club/coffee bar, where the way he mixes Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock with Ethiojazz has won him a cult following already, despite the fact he only finished music school at the start of 2008. "I take traditional music and turn it around, and people in Ethiopia are starting to listen to the way it swings now. Our musical culture is under attack from inside and out, it's all rock bands, hip-hop groups and pop singers, and nobody can afford to run a big band. "

Since that first trip Samuel has been touring internationally with Dub Colossus. This December he has just finished recording his debut solo album for Real World Records for release in 2011.

Published 9th Dec 2010, 6:34pm »

Tande-la makes number 6 in The Sunday Times Top Albums of the Year!

"Descendants of Haitians who made the journey from one island to the other, the university-trained singers have made it thier mission to unearth work songs and resistance anthems." The Sunday Times

Published 8th Dec 2010 »

Portico Quartet at the ICA

A great show from Portico Quartet last night at the ICA. If you're lucky enough to have tickets for tonight's show you are in for a treat.

We've been recording both nights, so hopefully some interesting sounds will come out of that for those who've missed the shows and we grabbed a moment with Jack, Milo, Duncan and Nick in the splendid Nash room at the ICA to get them on camera talking about life on the road, the evolution of their sound and the new - John Leckie remastered - release of their Mercury nominated debut album 'Knee Depp In The North Sea' on Real World Records.

Time Out says:
Second night here from this ace Mercury-nominated post-jazz band with support from Lebanese worldbeat trumpeter who adds a vibrant edge to blending jazz and classical Arabic music - he will also join PQ for a special collaboration.

Published 4th Dec 2010, 3:31pm »