Check out the Real World Records label Spotlight over on Google Play (US). Follow the link below to learn more about the rich history of our label and listen to a playlist of songs taken from selected titles in our catalogue.
“It’s almost impossible to imagine world music without Real World. The legendary record label didn’t invent the global music traditions it promotes, of course, or even the history of appreciating them from afar. But what Real World did do was create a cutting-edge studio and label, then invited musicians from around the world to record and share their cultural heritages with a larger audience. Over the years this has included greats like India’s Shiv kumar Sharma, Democratic Republic of Congo’s Papa Wemba and China’s Guo Brothers, among dozens of others.”
Real World Record’s Spotlight on Google Play
Listen to a track from Santiman, the highly anticipated new album from The Creole Choir of Cuba. Freedom songs, passed down through generations of Haitian emigrants in Cuba, are brought to life with the Choir’s vibrant harmonies, lilting melodies and rich, deep Caribbean rhythms.
To celebrate the launch of the album Charlie Winston’s new album Running Still he will be playing a very intimate acoustic set in London tonight (9th Jan). Head down to The Elgin on Ladbroke Grove at 9.30pm to see him play for free.
Charlie is also Robert Elms’ guest on BBC Radio London 94.9 today. Tune in and listen to live chat about Running Still, and an acoustic session at around 2.15pm.
“When Yungchen Lhamo fled her homeland of Tibet in 1989, on foot over the Himalayas with her baby son strapped to her back, all she thought about was surviving the pilgrimage to Dharamsala, India, where the Dalai Lama heads the Tibetan government in exile. She never planned a future that would involve her pairing Buddhist prayers with music, signing to Real World Records and touring the world as a devotional singer. She didn’t know Peter Gabriel from Billy Corgan, but more than two decades later, Lhamo has collaborated with both.”
“Depending on the source, Thomas Mapfumo is either a folk hero making music for the people of his beloved Zimbabwe or a coward who criticizes from afar. However, there’s no disputing the power of his Chimurenga music. It’s a phrase Mapfumo coined from the Shona word “struggle,” and speaks to the challenges of the poorest Zimbabweans under the repressive brutality of their president, Robert Mugabe, in power since 1987.”
Influential taste-makers Crack Magazine rate Portico Quartet’s album at number 3 in their top 100 of the year.
“Jazz-techno anyone? If there was a glorious success in changing direction this year, the stars of Crack’s third birthday bash were your men. Self-titled, self-assured and layered with swathes of sonic experimentation it stood out a mile. Less focused on the hang-drum that defined previous releases, the minimal sparse approach and killer production quality left an indelible mark on our listening. The most contemporary record of the year if not the most intricate the electronic change of direction heralded infinite new possibilities for one of the UK’s most distinctive acts”. (Thomas Frost in Crack Magazine)
The legendary Blind Boys of Alabama give us the perfect sparkly seasonal soundtrack. There is nothing cliched about this Christmas celebration with an uplifting, heart-felt performance from the octogenarians. The serious icing on the cake is the outstanding selection of guests from the late Solomon Burke to Tom Waits, Mavis Staples to Chrissie Hynde. Released in 2003 this album continues to be a perennial yuletide favourite.
The Blind Boys of Alabama's Jimmy Carter discusses Real World, touring with Peter Gabriel and spreading the gospel....
In the third part the Real World Gold series, the 82-year talks to CBC from his hotel room, while on tour with The Blind Boys.
“The Blind Boys of Alabama had already been together for almost six decades when Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records came calling back in 2002, signing the then septuagenarians to their label. The gospel group made the most of their brief tenure, releasing three records in three years, including two that became the highest selling of their lengthy career.”