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!
Yungchen Lhamo participates in "La Pena: A Gathering to Celebrate, Indigenous Knowledge, Culture & Art"
On Friday, October 27, 2006 Seattle University will present The Path of the Spirit: Indigenous Rights, Intercultural Dialogue and A Collaborative Response to Preserve Diversity. Indigenous peoples will discuss how western paradigms of knowledge impact their understanding of the world. The day long conference focuses on the context of life sciences and the implications of advances in human genetics for Indigenous peoples and their communities.
In the evening, the event transforms into a celebration of indigenous culture, complete with storytelling, dancing, drumming and song. This is La Peña: A Gathering to Celebrate Indigenous Knowledge, Culture and Art. Yungchen Lhamo will participate in this event and perform live from 9.30-10.30pm.
Public tickets are $20.00 and are only available online through www.brownpapertickets.org.
Calling all keen remixers out there - this is a unique opportunity to redesign, reinvent and have fun with a track from the new Little Axe album. You can download the individual parts of the track If I Had My Way and upload your remix for the world to hear. Get your hands on a sample pack from the Remix site and join the community of fans who have already been working on various Real World tracks and the Peter Gabriel hit Shock The Monkey.
Real World recording artist Yungchen Lhamo recently performed at two high-profile events in Los Angeles -- first as the opening event of National Geographic's All Roads Film Festival at Hollywood's grand Egyptian Theatre on September 28th, and at a fundraiser for her charitable foundation at Silk Roads Gallery on September 30th.
Silk Roads houses an exquisite array of rare and ancient Buddhist art that is no longer obtainable from China, which provided a serene and perfect setting for Yungchen Lhamo to sing Tibetan songs from her new album Ama -- amidst life-size carved Buddhas, Quan Yins, and bodhisattvas dating back several centuries. Several thousand dollars were raised for her charity, which provides aid to Tibetans in need both in Dharmsala and elsewhere.
Coming soon on Real World Records - more from the wild dub imagination of the legendary Adrian Sherwood. In the follow up to Never Trust A Hippy comes Becoming A Cliché. This will come out as a limited edition double album with Dub Cliché - a bunch of dub remixes and extraordinarly new tracks.
The special edition is released in Japan on October 18 through Beatink Records and arrives in Europe on November 13. This double release will only be available for a short time.
Where the first solo album Never Trust A Hippy, was mainly instrumental, Becoming A Cliché features an ever impressive range of vocal guests: the late, great Bim Sherman, reggae multi instrumentalist Dennis Bovell, Little Roy, Lee LSK Kenny, Tunisian-French singer Samia Farah, Italian rapper Raiz and Mark Stewart. Keeping it in the family, Adrians two daughters Denise and Emily sing on the opening track, Animal Magic, with the legendary Lee Scratch Perry.
Lee LSK Kenny features on two tracks, You Wonder Why and St Peters Gate the latter in a sing-jay style (a combination of singing and dee jaying, known in Jamaica as 'toasting'). I first worked with Lee when he was called Bedlam a go go, Sherwood explains. He has the ability to write thought-provoking lyrics in no time at all."
Sherwood and Lee Scratch Perry will be on tour together in Japan to celebrate the album launch. Check out the Tours section for details of dates.
We will have a (very) limited number of the Japanese edition to sell via our online shop prior to the European release - what this space!
Swell Music have been promoting independent music in clubs and venues all over the UK. They have recently launched a great online digimagazine which is an alternative way to find out about new music. This month includes a feature about the new Little Axe album 'Stone Cold Ohio'.
Check out the Swell website for their cool monthly play lists.
The Swell philosophy?
With thousands of new albums released every month keeping up to date with the best of the bunch is a near impossible job.
This is where Swell Music helps. The albums recommended by Swell reflect the genuine enthusiasm we have for the music and our desire to help others discover what we love.
Of course with so many releases even we might miss a classic so if youve heard an album you think we should shout about we'd love to hear from you. And if you have a venue that needs a great soundtrack, or a record label with a fantastic album why not get in touch to discuss the Swell service.
Daby Touré is the featured guest for October on the New World Buzz website. Listen online to Daby talking about song-writing, touring, and his latest album Diam. The exclusive interview also includes selections from the album.
If you missed it first time round you can catch the outstanding BBC televsion series African Rock 'n' Roll once again. Starting at 7.00 pm on BBC4 on Wednesday 4 October it features interviews and performances by many great starts who have worked with both WOMAD and Real World Records.
The second Little Axe album for Real World (and the fifth of the band's career) is released in Europe on Monday 9 October. 15 tracks of future blues - dubbed-out, dark, and smokey. It includes covers of songs by Skip James, Allen Toussaint, and Mos Def man Will Calhoun. '...Ohio' traces a line from African chants, Afro-American field songs, blues, gospel, soul, funk and dub, and takes it on into the 21st Century.
Be the first to order Stone Cold Ohio at our online shop and you will receive a copy signed by Skip McDonald himself. First come first serve - we only have 20 signed copies!