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The Blind Boys Stir Up Some Christmas Cheer

As 2006 comes to a close, the Blind Boys of Alabama are thankful for another blessed year. This holiday season in America, the Blind Boys will be touring the country on their "Go Tell It On The Mountain Christmas Tour," highlighted with a performance on NBC's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Dec. 20.

Major television and radio appearances include:

Nov. 30 "Imus in the Morning" - MSNBC TV Nationally syndicated radio show

Dec. 10 Crystal Cathedral's "Hour of Power" -Televised church service

Dec. 20 "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" - NBC TV

Dec. 20 E-Town - Nationally syndicated radio show, with Sarah McLachlan

Meanwhile, the Blind Boys' Christmas tour kicks off Dec. 2 in New York City at B.B. Kings Blues Club and wraps up at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A. on Dec. 23 (see all dates under Tours section). Don't miss the 4-time Grammy-winning soul gospel legends mixing things up, with their unique take on holiday songs as well as traditional favorites. It's guaranteed to be a rousing, spiritual good time for everyone!

For those of you who can't get there in person all the Blind Boys Grammy award winning albums and their live DVD are available to buy online here.

Published 29th Nov 2006, 7:18pm »

Charlie Musselwhite iTunes Exclusive now available

For the first time iTunes has commissioned a contemporary blues session now available to buy at the online store. This is a hard-edged roots of Delta session by way of Chicago blues. Guitarist Chris 'Kid' Andersen, bassist Randy Bermudes and drummer June Core hop into the heart of this electric trancelike blues with Musselwhite's harmonica filling the gaps and where his world-weary voice shouts, hollers and bellow. The band digs deep here. The session features outstanding new versions of tracks from his recent Real World release alongside new tracks. This unmissable set, now available on, and exclusive to, iTunes.

Published 24th Nov 2006, 5:43pm »

Explore the Real World With Special Music Collections

A selection of special offers at reduced prices are available now at the online WOMAD Shop to give you (or a friend!) the opportunity to explore some of the gems of the music on offer from the extensive Real World music collection.

These CD sets are specially-themed providing fascinating introductions at introductory prices!

Choose from:

Singer Songwriter Triple Bill
Music of the Silk Road
Ecstatic Eastern Englightenment
Unwind Your Mind
The Lion of Zimbabwe Double Offer

Go to the WOMAD shop special offers page to read more about the chosen music on offer.

Published 24th Nov 2006, 12:09pm »

Sizer Barker at the Arena Gallery, Liverpool, Friday 24th November

Sizer Barker will be playing a gig on the 24th November at the Arena Gallery on Duke Street, Liverpool, to mark the end of the ]BracketTHIS[ exhibition and help kiss the biennial goodbye until next time. It's an all new set and band, leaner and meaner than George Foreman's cookware. Kinetic Fallacy are also performing on the night.

Published 22nd Nov 2006, 12:12pm »

Sheet of Noise

Why not enhance your day by listening to our MP3 stream from Adrian Sherwood's new Double CD 'Becoming a Cliché' and 'Dub Cliché'? If you're inspired by what you hear, there's a chance to pick up a limited edition Japanese Import over at our store ..as Adrian says, "..it's a good sheet of noise!"

Published 16th Nov 2006, 1:07pm »

Real World Special Live Showcase Event in Scotland

Real World is excited to announce an evening of music as part of the 2007 Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow on 31 January.

This represents an exciting new direction for Celtic Connections, as the festival seeks to share common ground and forge fresh new links between the folk and world music scenes.  In this one-off event Real World brings uplifting voices, superlative musicianship, dub-heavy grooves and irresistible rhythms from West Africa to Central Asia, from London to Ohio - a truly global celebration, bursting with talent.

The legendary blues-and-beyond guitarist Skip McDonald, aka Little Axe, will be joined by the renown rhythm section of Doug Wimbish and Keith LeBlanc (Sugarhill Gang, Tackhead) with Bernard Fowler (Tackhead, Rolling Stones) on vocals.  They will be joined by production maestro Adrian Sherwood, of On-U Sound Records, who as well as producing their current album, Stone Cold Ohio, will also perform his own live sound-system.

Other special guests include the latest incarnation of pioneering Asian fusioneers Joi and the young Mauritanian singer-songwriter Daby Touré who has been described as an African Cat Stevens or Nick Drake.  Also flying in is the gorgeous, vibrant Sevara Nazarkhan - Uzbekistan's ravishing young star and winner of a BBC radio 3 World Music Award. We will not be forgetting the much loved, much missed Martyn Bennett and will be paying tribute to his special legacy to Scottish music.

The evening will take place in the wonderful venue of the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow's City Halls at 9pm on Wednesday 31 January 2007.

Published 10th Nov 2006, 6:02pm »

Nusrat - "The Greatest Album You've Never Heard"

Last month The Guardian newspaper (UK) listed 49 musical secret weapons - albums that are obscure but incredible. They asked readers what the 50th should be and they had an overwhealming response! Published on November 3rd's edition of the paper were those considered the 20 greatest recommended.

Real World's seminal 'Shahen-Shah' by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan released back in 1989 when the label was launched was chosen.

"With this album, the listener is in danger of floating away in ecstasy. Shahen-Shah is mesmeric...Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan can seemingly empty his vocal chords into doves that have a habit of filling the very air around you." (John Gimblett)

And unlike many 'obsure but incredible' albums this release is still available and sounds as fresh and powerful today!

Published 3rd Nov 2006, 7:30pm »

Värttinä in Songlines Top 10 of the Year

Hoedown Arts and Real World Records are proud to announce that Värttinä's recent album 'Miero' has been voted in the Top 10 Best Albums of 2006 by Songlines Magazine of UK. The Top 10 chart will appear in the January/February 2007 issue which will be published on December 8, 2006.

Songlines is the UK's leading world music publication with subscribers and distribution worldwide.

Look out for upcoming Värttinä live dates in the tour section!

Published 3rd Nov 2006, 6:21pm »

Going Like Hot Cakes!

If you're a fan of the great dub impressario Adrian Sherwood, a collector of rare imports or simply a fan of the very best new music we have a unique offer on sale.

We have a small number of copies of the Japanese limited edition of the double album 'Becoming A Cliché / Dub Cliché' . This 2 disc album is available for a restricted period and for sale only in Japan. This CD is available now in advance of the European or American release date! It includes a bonus track unique to this release, 'Forgive Yourself' (Warrior Charge remix), Japanese slip case and supplementary Japanese credits sheet.

We've had a great reaction to this offer already so available stock is even more limited. Catch it now!

Published 3rd Nov 2006, 6:16pm »

Totó la Momosina Wins 2006 WOMEX Award

Quality, creativity, impact. Since its introduction in 1999, the WOMEX Award has been honouring world music on an international level. WOMEX is the largest annual conference of world music - a trade fair, meeing place and musical showcase. This year the Colombian artist Totó la Momposina, who has worked extensively with WOMAD for many years and who released the classic album 'La Candela Viva' on Real World Records in 1993, was the recipiant of this prestigious award.

Totó's artistic career, indeed her whole life, has been dedicated to representlng the music of her roots, while never shrinking from finding innovative ways of bringing it forward into the modern age. Few artists communicate with so much passion, sponteneity and sheer performance technique (including first class dancing) on stage.

We wish Totó congratuations on this recognition of her significant talent and look forward to more to come from this outstanding performer!

Published 3rd Nov 2006, 6:05pm »

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