Kicking off the UK Festival season is Wychwood Music Festival at the end of May. Launched in 2005 Wychwood quickly gained a happy audience and a great reputation for eclectic programming. The festival's name comes from the ancient forest that once covered large parts of Oxfordshire, but the festival has found its own home over in Gloucestershire and is steadily becoming that county's largest music festival. It was described as 'a bijou Glastonbury' by The Independent.
Returning to Europe for a series of dates Dub Colossus In A Town Called Addis bring together musicians from Ethiopia and the UK in a unique collaboration. "...As if Lee Scratch Perry were producing Éthiopiques" (Financial Times) "The result is a sprawling idiosyncratic delight that strives one minute for the epic gravitas of great film music and the next just settles into a pleasantly exotic groove." ( The Word).
Bringing the group together for live performances is an epic undertaking of logistics, funding and visas. We are delighted that Wychwood will be their first show of the summer. Watch out for the group at WOMAD Charlton Park in July and further appearances listed under our Tour section.
Dub Colossus at Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse - Sunday 31 May 2009
As the release of Daby Touré and Skip McDonald's mini-album "Call My Name" on 9th March draws near the pair will be in the UK doing various interviews and performances to promote the record. On Friday 6th March Skip McDonald will be interviewed on BBC5 Live for the Up All Night Show to be broadcast in the small hours. On Saturday 7th March between 6.15pm and 7pm Daby will be performing a track from the record on BBC Radio 4 on the Loose Ends programme. Of course thanks to the wonders of IPlayer on the BBC website these programmes should be available to listen to again.
Daby Touré is the latest artist to feature on Real World's remix site www.realworldremixed.com
Remix Daby Touré's track Setal and be in with a chance to win an ipod Nano and jam with Daby over the winning remix at his show in Amsterdam on April 11th.
Setal is from Daby Toure's second studio album 'Stereo Spirit' released in February 2007 on Real World Records. Stereo Spirit is truly a solo album as Daby played all the instruments himself.. "I made this album alone, and like Diam I played all the instruments myself. It's much easier to say what you want to say when you know exactly what you want,".
Daby will be touring throughout March and April in Europe with dates in the UK between 12th and 21st of March. Daby will be joined by Skip on selected UK dates. Visit the tours section of this site for further details.
Daby Touré and Skip McDonald are seen here during an impromptu performance in The Wood Room at Real World Studios. This was the first time we had seen them perform together, a totally spontaneous meeting of two musicians and an unrehearsed rendition of 'Baye' from Daby's 'Stereo Spirit' release.
As Skip later said, "To meet a brother like this..." He shakes his head. "It's a rare, rare thing." Their collaboration continues to grow, first with a release through The B&W Music Club, then with 'Call My Name', now available for pre-order on Real World Records.
Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara are on the bill for both WOMADelaide and WOMAD New Zealand next month. You can get an early taste of their music with the Afrobilly Sessions, this month's release on the Real World curated Bowers & Wilkins Music Club. Sign-up for the free CD quality EP download, or join to download the full album each month.
The Afrobilly Sessions, the new sound of Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara. It is the sound of a nation with no borders - a place that needs no passport, no visa. The deep roots of African music nourish the raw electric groove of rock and roll, Gnawa spirit rhythms come up against Chicago distortion and snaky N'awlins rhythm has a West London howl, and a Sahel Wail.
You'll be hearing more from Justin and Juldeh with a release on Real World Records slated for May 7th.
Dengue Fever playing a live soundtrack for The Lost World, the 1925 film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's dino-sci classic, when it screens this May at the San Francisco Film Festival.
Singer Chhom Nimol is pictured here during rehearsals for their recent performance in The Big Room at Real World Studios.
Real World Records is proud to announce the release of the new collaborative mini-album by Daby Toure and Skip McDonald on 9th March entitled 'Call My Name'. Daby Toure is a well established Real World artist with two albums released on the label, 'Diam' and 'Stereo Spirit'. Skip McDonald, an old-school bluesman from Dayton, Ohio is the driving force behind Little Axe, also with 2 albums on Real World Records,'Champagne and Grits' and 'Stone Cold Ohio'.
Having met and jammed one night at Real World they kept on meeting up and jamming at various festivals around the world. A recorded collaboration was inevitable and this is the result, a joyous 6-track mini album that captures the spirit of that union.
Daby Touré will be touring throughout March and April in Europe with dates in the UK between 12th and 21st of March. Daby will be joined by Skip on selected dates. Please see our tour dates page for further details.
The mini-album will be released physically in the UK and selected European territories and digitally across the globe on March 9th.
The album 'A Town Called Addis' by Dub Colossus will be number 1 in next months' World Music Chart Europe. The album, released on Real World Records last October is continuing to pick up acclaim and momentum into 2009!
Also Radio New Zealand National and their Music 101 Team have featured the band in their round-up of 2008's best releases. The track 'Azmari Dub' is featured as one of their favourites of the year.
The band will be organising live dates across Europe throughout the summer so watch this space for updates!
This picture of one of Dengue Fever's guitars, captured earlier in the year as they recorded a Real World for a forthcoming Bowers & Wilkins Music Club release, seemed to want to find it's way out into the world today. The image of Barack Obama by Shepard Fairey has become a common sight since it's appearance here back in August.
Just launched on The Music Club is the Portico Quartet's 'Black and White Sessions' - they come highly recommended with their recent Mercury nomination. All you have to do is sign-up to get the first three tracks for free.