Toumast and the plight of the Toureg people of Niger/Mali were the subject of discussion on BBC radio 4's Today program. Moussa Ag Keyna, founder of the group. lead singer and guitarist, was interviewed and described the war, the problems of desertification and marginaised youth of his people. The songs on Toumast's album 'Ishumar' provide an insight into life in the desert - from the wider political struggles of the Toureg people to Moussa's affection for his camel Ezeref.
The Imagined Village hasreceived nominations in two catagories of the BBC Folk Awards: Best Album and Best Traditional Song (for Cold Haily Rainy Night).
The nominations were announced last night on BBC Radio 2's Mike Harding show. The winners will be annonced in February next year.
Tuesday 20 November at Momo's bar located at Heddon Street in London has a change of previous billing. Toumast are re-scheduling their date for a later occasion and instead we will have Daby Touré on a return visit to this popular club. Daby will be joined by Little Axe mainman Skip McDonald for a guest slot. This is a great opportunity to see these two wonderful artists in a unique collaboration..
Entrance Free but numbers very limited!
The American choreographer, Bill T Jones, will create an exceptional site-specific work in the context of Anselm Kiefers guest presence at the Louvre in Autumn 2007. The work, inspired by Anselm Kiefers overall theme of frontiers, will take place in one of the Museums most spectacular locations: the one-hundred metre perspective which stretches from the steps of the Winged Victory of Samothrace, to the Renaissance Arch (from the Stanga Palace) in which the celebrated sculptures of Slaves by Michaelangelo are framed.
The connecting sculpture galleries, created under Napoleon 3rd in which the very unique references to the body in western art are evoked, from early sarcophagi through to the highly stylized mannerist Italian works to the more purely classic examples by Canova.
It will be through this historical perspective that Bill T Jones will create and perform Walking the Line accompanied by the Tibetan singer, Yungchen Lhamo, and the French percussionist, Florent Jodelet.
Performances will be on November 20, 22 & 24.
If you caught the latest installment of the Ewan McGregor / Charley Borman adventure on the way down to Africa you will have heard a great selection of Real World artists. The BBC 2 television series followed the intrepid bikers south through France, Italy and across the Mediterranean into North Africa - through Tunisia and Libya. The music on their journey came from Adrian Sherwood, Ben Onono, The Boxer Rebellion, Maryn Bennett, Sheila Chandra, Spaccanapoli, Joseph Arthur, Maryam Mursal, Hukwe Zawose, Hassan Hakmoun, Geoffrey Oryema and Abdelli...with a very special first outing for the Big Blue Ball track Whole Thing (featuring Peter Gabriel).
Watch out for more details on the Long Way Down music website (coming soon). The double CD soundtrack album is released on December 3rd and available to order here from our online shop.
The newly released Imagined Village album is the cover feature of Songlines magazine Issue 48 (December). An article by Tim Cummings and extensive photo coverage by York Tillyer from the Real World studios session gives the full story behind the project. To complete the picture, the free covermount CD features 5 tracks chosen by Benjamin Zephaniah - who brings an outstanding performance to The Imagined Village album with his re-working of Tam Lyn.
Jump 11m11s into this piece available on the BBC's listen again service to hear a great section on The Imagined Village projects with contributions from Billy Bragg, Martin Carthy and Simon Emmerson
After their fantastic trip round the world in 2004, fellow actors and bike fanatics Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman couldn't shake the travel bug. And after an inspirational UNICEF visit to Africa, they knew they had to go back and experience this extraordinary continent in more depth.
Riding from John O'Groats right down to South Africa, leaving on 12 May 2007, they travelled through Europe, and then Africa from Tunisia to South Africa, via countries such as Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia - a total of 15,000 miles. The team arrived in Cape Town, South Africa on 4 August 2007.
Real World Records has been delighted to work with the Long Way Down production to provide the soundtrack to the journey. You can hear Real World music on the 6 part television series which starts on BBC 2 Sunday 28 October and the accompanying DVD and CD to be released on December 3rd.
Drawing from the catalogue of outstanding artists Geoffrey Oryema, Ayub Ogada, Joseph Arthur, Sheila Chandra, Adrian Sherwood to name but a few and introducing new tracks from Big Blue Ball and Sasha and BT, Ben Onono and The Boxer Rebellion, this is also an amazing musical journey
Of the forthcoming soundtrack Russ Malkin, Executive Producer/Director of Long Way Down said: Music unquestionably enhances the enjoyment of life and, through the careful selection of tracks, this CD conjures up a lot of the emotions felt by the team on the Long Way Down adventure.
You can hear Peter Gabriel's thoughts about the project on this month's Moon Club update: Africa is often portrayed as a problem, a continent in crisis. But in this film, in this music and most importantly in these people, you will also see and hear the real Africa that has been an incredible inspiration to me, Ewan and Charlie."
Episode 1 : Sunday 28 October BBC 2
Soundtrack CD release: December 3
Real World Records was knocked out to be asked by Nine Inch Nails to create a remix for their forthcoming album. Stef Goodchild took up the challenge and, along with the some outstanding percussion tracks from the mighty Dou Dou N'Diaye Rose (one of Senegal's greatest drum masters), has created an outstanding and epic remix of 'The Warning'.
The track will come out on the album release on November 20 - which appears on 3 different format - digital, CD and three disc vinyl.
Trent Reznor says of the new album: "I'm very pleased with the way it turned out. Remix records can be disposable garbage (of which I myself have been guilty of to some extent) but this collection feels good to me. I reached out to heroes, friends and strangers. I encouraged those I approached to do anything and insert themselves as much as possible into the track. "