The Creole Choir of Cuba embark this month on their first major U.S. tour, with 30 performances in 21 cities. Venues for the tour include two major festivals - Chicago's World Music Festival and Bloomington, Indiana's Lotus Music Festival - as well as prestigious performing arts centres such as Symphony Space in NYC, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts in Phoenix, The Painted Bride in Philadelphia, Herbst Theatre in San Francisco and The Music Center at Strathmore near Washington DC.
Several major universities are hosting the Choir, with student workshops & special performances for the college communities in addition to the group's public concerts; these include Dartmouth College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, California State University at Chico, Humboldt State University in Arcata CA, and the University of California campuses at San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Riverside.
'NEW BLOOD' Peter's latest studio album features re-imagined arrangements of many of his songs which dispense with the traditional weapons of the rock armoury - no guitar, or drum kits - the lyrics are exposed and laid bare, often taking new meaning with the passing of the years.
This treatment is applied with painstaking attention to detail and stunning effect to songs including 'Digging In The Dirt', 'Don't Give Up', 'Downside Up', 'Intruder', 'Mercy Street' ' The Rhythm of the Heat' and the spine tingling, atmospheric 'San Jacinto'. Working together, acclaimed composer and arranger John Metcalfe, Peter and the New Blood Orchestra have given each track a new depth and a powerful significance. These tracks were recorded with a 46-piece orchestra, conducted by Ben Foster.
The album will be available as a standard single-disc & digital download. There will also be a special edition 2-CD version of New Blood which will include the standard album plus a disc of instrumental versions with an added bonus track. In addition there is a heavyweight vinyl version that comes with a bonus 7" featuring 'A Quiet Moment' and 'Solsbury Hill'. The vinyl will be available from November 7th.
Pre-order from the official Peter Gabriel shop and receive an exclusive bonus track 'Father/Son' with the New Blood album.
For two nights only you can experience New Blood Live in 3D on the big screen in selected cinemas across the UK. Pre-Order tickets for the screenings.
Over two nights in March 2011, Peter Gabriel took to the stage at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London, in the company of the 46-strong New Blood Orchestra, with the entire event filmed in 3D. The extraordinary show features a handful of the covers from Scratch My Back, but the majority of songs are taken from Peter's solo career and given the same glorious orchestral treatment.
Pre-Sale tickets are also now available for Peter's Mexican & Brazilian tour dates with The New Blood Orchestra this coming November. Check the Live Page for more information and links to buy tickets.
As well as the impressive debut from Samuel Yirga, Irish singer Iarla O Lionaird performed new songs from his forthcoming album Foxlight late at night in the beautiful Siam tent. The Creole Choir of Cuba captured the hearts of the crowd with a moving and powerful show on the main stage, bathed in golden evening sunshine.
Aurelio brought a wave of Caribbean warmth and had a whole crowd dancing with his infectious Garifuna grooves. Dub Colossus showcased songs from their new album with vivacious vocalist and stunning dancer Mimi and host of guests.
You can catch up with performances from Aurelio and Dub Colossus on BBC iPlayer. Both performances are available until Sun, 7 Aug 2011.
Samuel Yirga made his first solo appearance this weekend at WOMAD Charlton Park, delighting the festival crowd with a virtuosic and impassioned performance that seemed mature beyond his young age. He was delighted by the warm reaction and spend time signing CDs for enthusiastic new fans.
Today he releases his debut solo recording, a four track EP 'Hagere'. Samuel is carving out a reputation as the brightest rising star in the new generation of Ethio-jazz musicians. His piano playing celebrates the golden era of Ethiopian jazz, pop and traditional roots music which he explores in his unique personal style.
Aurelio, the Garifuna artist based in Honduras, will be interviewed on tonight's Radio 4 Front Row at 19.15. This key BBC arts program will be discussing Aurelio's new Real World album Laru Baya. Aurelio is one of the most extraordinary and passionate artists of his generation, and a major tradition-bearer of the Garifuna culture that fuses African and Caribbean roots. Laru Beya was recorded in Honduras, Belize and Senegal, where Aurelio worked with Youssou N'Dour and Orchestra Baobab, who both guest on the recording.
You can see Aurelio performing at WOMAD on the Charlie Gillett Stage at 18:00 on Friday night and again on the beautiful Siam Tent at 18.00 on Saturday night.
"With hundreds of artists from everywhere in the world, everyone's WOMAD will be different," The Evening Standard
This year at Charlton Park, Real World Records will be represented by a range of exciting and diverse artists: Aurelio (Honduras); The Creole Choir Of Cuba (Cuba); Dub Colossus (Ethiopia/UK); Iarla O Lionaird (Ireland); and Samuel Yirga (Ethiopia).
For those of you that are attending please check out the official WOMAD iPhone app (also available for Android users ). The app is intended to complement anyone attending the festival so they can have offline access to the line ups, artist background, maps and other helpful information.
With weather reports looking positive, what better way to enjoy this coming weekend! Hope to see you all there.
In advance of this Saturday's concert at the Barbican in London, Aurelio talks to The Morning Star about the Garifuna culture, his election to the Honduran parliament and sharing musical ideas with Youssou N'Dour and members of Orchestra Baobab.
Iarla Ó Lionáird's new album, Foxlight, will be released early this Autumn. Foxlight shimmers with versatility and is one of Ó Lionáird's most organic and naturalistic records to date. Instrumentation and layers are embedded in each song, but ultimately it's about Ó Lionáird's exquisite, sonically unique voice. This concert is a special preview show of this new release.
We are delighted welcome Honduran rising star, Aurelio, for a run of concerts and festivals, including WOMAD, Paleo and Etnosur.
On Saturday 23rd July, Aurelio performs in London at the Barbican's Blaze Festival, joining Danyel Waro and Carlou D for an evening of fresh and emerging global voices.
Aurelio is a WOMAD Charlton Park festival highlight with two performances over the weekend, Friday on the Charlie Gillett Stage and Saturday in the Siam Tent.
Aurelio's new album 'Laru Beya' has been described as '…one of the albums of the year so far' (The Guardian), "... just beautiful" (Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2) and '…an outstanding, surprise-filled offering' (The Observer).