On Saturday's World Routes programme on BBC Radio 3, JuJu's new album 'In Trance' was reviewed by journalists John L Walters, Sue Steward and the programme's presenter, Lucy Duran. You can listen again until Saturday 4 June. The JuJu discussion is about 28 minutes into the programme, but World Routes is always a good listen - this edition featuring a session with Malian balafon player Fode Lassana Diabate and a round up of what's on offer at this summer's festivals.
'In Trance' is released on 13th June, find out more about the album here.
JuJu perform at Sunrise Celebration in Somerset this weekend, for more details click here.
Our legendary site Real World Remixed has been dormant for a few months, but is now back in action with a new remix pack to get your hands on. Download the original multitrack recordings of music from Real World Records or Peter Gabriel and use whatever (legal!) means possible to re-work, re-define, re-invent in your own creative style. Join the Real World Remixed community - upload your remix, vote, comment and join the discussion.
The new track available is taken from the new album 'Addis Through The Looking Glass' by the mighty Dub Colossus. Back with their inventive fusion of jazz-dub, reggae, Seventies Ethiojazz and traditional tunes the Ethio/UK musical collective have created a gorgeous grooving love song, 'Wey Fakir', featuring the vocals of Tsedenia Gebremarkos and extraordinary young pianist Samuel Yirga.
"Smash it, mash and have fun!" says producer Dubulah
Iarla O'Lionáird features on the new album, Grá agus Bás, by fellow Irish composer, Donnacha Dennehy.
Iarla is the soloist on the title piece (Love and Death) - a natural choice for Dennehy who takes his inspiration from sean-nós "old style" Irish vocal music. "I had long been an admirer of Iarla; he has a beautiful voice; it's very distinct, but it also has this darkness," says Dennehy.
The album is completed by a six-part song cycle, That the Night Come, which consists of W.B. Yeats's poems sung by US soprano Dawn Upshaw.
The Dublin-based Crash Ensemble performs both works, conducted by Alan Pierson.
Iarla O'Lionáird's third solo album, Foxlight, is released on Real World Records in September. Look out for news of this release and live dates.
It's the final week of our music giveaway, and to complete the set we have a track from an extraordinary Pakistani artist, the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Nusrat was undoubtedly, spiritually and technically, one of the greatest voices of his day, bringing the Qawwali music tradition to the Western world. His magnificent and haunting voice has enraptured millions across the globe.
Download the full length version of his track Ganj-E-Shakar (22.42mins) from the album 'The Last Prophet'.
It was the late American singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley who, in 1993, described Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan as "my Elvis".
Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara present their new band 'JuJu', featuring Billy Fuller (Beak, Massive Attack, Robert Plant) on bass and Dave Smith (Outhouse, Ruhabi, Loop Collective) on drums.
Expect Hypnotic, psychedelic trance grooves from Robert Plant/Tinariwen collaborator, Justin Adams, and West African Griot Master Musician, Juldeh Camara. Plus Soul Science Sound System.
It is no surprise that Syria featured heavily in last Friday's Newshour on BBC World Service - where the programme focused on a day of defiance amongst the country's anti-government protestors.
Two musicians from the group Syriana joined the programme to explain how they have recently worked with Syrian musicians, traveling to Damascus to record parts for the album 'The Road To Damascus'. Sadly these musicians are unable to leave their country to perform live with Syriana.
The programme is still available on-line. The whole hour makes for an interesting and informative listen, and Nick Page and Nizar Al Issa of Syriana appear at the end - about 44 minutes in - where they perform the track, Al Araby.
Syriana's next UK performance is 7 July at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall as part of the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival.
We are on week eight of our nine week free music giveaway marathon. This week's artist, Spiro, first came together through Bristol's folk sessions scene in 1993.
The four-piece contemporary ensemble take a meticulous approach to composition and performance, creating a sound much greater than their parts (accordion, mandolin, acoustic guitar and violin) would suggest.
Spiro remain something of an enigma, a well-kept secret thatʼs only now starting to spread. They are currently working on their new album for Real World.
Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara have reinvented their unique collaboration (released as 'Tell No Lies') and taken their visceral electric fusion of Europe and Africa to a whole new territory called JuJu. Along with drummer Dave Smith and bass player Billy Fuller they have channelled the raw driving psychedelic energy of their live gigs back to the studio, and produced the album 'In Trance'. Due for release on June 13, you can now watch the first recording session. This is the track 'Djanfa Moja' played fast and live at Real World's Wooden Studio in February this year.
"We just came together, plugged in and played," says Justin Adams "We played it exactly as we play it live. It was a bit like controlling a runaway horse that is completely spooked!"
JuJu's London launch of their new album 'In Trance' is on the 17th May at the Bowery London.
The three-piece Portico Quartet introduced their new electronic sound at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival earlier this week
When Portico Quartet took the stage on Bank Holiday Monday, the outfit who introduced the warm, chiming timbre of the hang drum to the Mercury Prize finals in 2008 will look and sound rather different. For a start, for half the set they will be the Portico Trio because this is the final gig of one of their two hang players, Nick Mulvey.
Nick is leaving the band to pursue a solo career as a singer-songwriter, and his departure has been a spur for change. Jack Wyllie, the saxophonist: "Now, there's more electronics, a lot of live manipulation of instruments that we developed when we were touring the last album, Isla."
The band's signature sound, the hang - a sort of hi-tech steel drum that looks like an upturned wok - will continue to feature in their music, but amid the increasingly electronic textures it will be sampled, morphing into tinkling arpeggios or deep, booming bass.
Portico Quartet, who are still in their fresh-faced mid-twenties, are one of new British music's less likely success stories, whose defiantly unclassifiable instrumental music has found enthusiastic audiences on the Continent.
"We're still trying to create a journey but we're using different routes," explains Milo Fitzpatrick, the bass player. "Hopefully, somebody out there is always going to like the music, whatever age or creed." As the band move from sunny musical climes to somewhere darker and stranger, they are about to find out.
(Edited from an article in The Times by John Bungey, 28 April 2011)
This weeks free track is from a rising star, not just of Central America, but international music, Aurelio.
His catchy Afro-Pop tunes never fail to spread the 'feel good' factor, and give you a sense of the summer. Aurelio's 2011 release 'Laru Beya'... is an irresistibly soulful and uplifting album that breaks new ground for his unique and threatened Garifuna culture from Central America.