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Real World Finds A New Home in the USA With Ryko

Ryko Distribution and Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records have now announced a U.S. distribution agreement for the label’s entire catalog and future
recordings. As part of the agreement, Ryko will handle digital and physical distribution of Real
World’s catalog and will re-issue many of the label’s back catalog titles with new packaging, and
in some cases, with exclusive bonus material.

In making the announcement, Jim Cuomo, President of Ryko Distribution states, “Joining forces with Real World is a perfect complement to the artist-driven focus we have at Ryko and will enable us to reinforce Real World’s stature as the standard bearer in World Music. We have shared and applauded Peter’s vision over many years and are both thrilled and excited to be able to contribute to Real World’s ongoing success.”

Gabriel adds, “The music on Real World is very precious to us, so we wanted to find a great home in America. We are delighted to have all our artists welcomed and look forward to building something special together.”

“Like so many, I have a profound admiration for Peter as a musician and artist, as well as a deep respect for the innovative and influential label he started nearly two decades ago,” says John Esposito, President and CEO of WEA Corp., who oversees Warner Music Group’s U.S distribution companies, including Ryko. “Real World’s impressive catalog is a true cultural gem and we will look forward to applying the resources of Ryko and WMG to assure it is treated with the care and dedication it deserves.”

Real World’s first project under the new agreement teams Gabriel and Karl Wallinger (The Waterboys, World Party), who oversaw a new album called Big Blue Ball. The album has been 16 years in the making and began in 1991 during a “Recording Week” at Real World Studios when Gabriel opened its doors for the week to 75 international artists from over 20 countries.

The project is filled with several unique and unexpected collaborations.

The first single from the Big Blue Ball project, “Whole Thing,” is available now exclusively on
iTunes. The song features Gabriel on lead vocal and keyboards, Tim Finn (Crowded House) and Andy White (ALT) on backing vocals, Karl Wallinger and Paul Allen on guitar, and Francis Bebey, the legendary cultural icon of Cameroon, on flute.

Published 1st Feb 2008, 9:12pm »

Little Axe on tour with Bad Dog and Tackhead

Skip 'Little Axe' McDonald is set to head off to Germany for a remarkable European tour starting in Stuttgart on January 24. The tour will be headlined by Bernard Fowler's Bad Dog and also features Little Axe and the other original Tackhead musicians, Doug Wimbish and Keith Leblanc.

Most of the shows will be in Germany and Austria but the tour will also visit Italy, France and The Netherlands, with an exclusive show for France in New Morning, Paris and for The Netherlands in Effenaar, Eindhoven.

This promises to be a rare treat for fans of this unique collective of musicians. Visit the tours section of this site for full venue details.

Published 10th Jan 2008, 3:58pm »

BBC World Service celebrates anniversary with Real World artists

The 75th anniversary celebrations of the BBC World Service come to a head in Greenwich last Saturday with a live concert at the Indigo2.

Real World Records artists Daby Touré and Toumast were part of the eclectic line-up, which also featured Squeeze, Yunasi, Katie Melua and Carbon Silicon.

An audience of around 2000 invited guests were treated to a 3 hour musical trip around the world presented by Radio 4’s Mark Coles. Click the link below to listen to the concert in full on the BBC website.

Published 20th Dec 2007, 5:00pm »

The Imagined Village on the Charles Hazelwood show

The Imagined Village band did a pre-recorded session on the Charles Hazelwood show last night, BBC Radio 2 at 10pm. The link below takes you to the listen again page, you can also see a video of this performance on a freezing cold winters day in a drafty somerset barn on the outskirts of glastonbury in the middle of our last november tour. It's all unplugged, and we play an acoustic, shortened version version of john barleycorn going into england half english, followed by scarbourh fair sung by chris wood with Billys introductory talk at the front. As an end of year round up the project has been nominated for 2 radio 2 folk awards: best album and best traditional track 'Cold Hailey Rainy Night' and we will be performing this song at the awards in february. We also came joint 8th in the Froots new albums of 2007 and 5th in the Mojo folk top 10 for 2007.

You can also listen again to the Tom Robinson show from last Tuesday 18/Dec on the Radio 6 website, he played 3 live tracks from the IV RFH gig: Acres of Ground, Cold Haley Rainy Night, Hard Times of Old England

We wish everyone a great Christmas and a happy New Year and well see you all hopefully in a field somewhere on the summer festival circuit.

The Village People

Published 20th Dec 2007, 2:09pm »

Joi on REPRODUCED with Bobby Friction

Farook from Joi featured in this weeks edition of 'Reproduced' on Bobby Friction's weeknight evening show.

'Reproduced' is where a producer gets creative and mashes up tracks and beats to showcase their production skills in a 10-15 minute montage. It can be as experimental as they want - the more creative and abstract the better.

Click the link below to listen again on the BBC website

Published 12th Dec 2007, 12:20pm »

'Long Way Down' released

Real World Records have today released a double CD "Long Way Down" with music featured in the TV series of the same name - Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman's epic motorcycle journey from the northern-most tip of Scotland to the southern-most tip of Africa.

01 Stereophonics ‘Long Way Down’
02 Maryam Mursal ‘Somalia, Don't Shame Yourself’
03 Geoffrey Oryema ‘Ye Ye Ye’
04 Afro Celt Sound System ‘Shadowman’
05 Joseph Arthur ‘Exhausted’
06 Ben Onono ‘Blink’
07 Adrian Sherwood ‘Majestic 12’
08 Martyn Bennett ‘Move’
09 Spaccanapoli ‘O’Mare’
10 Remmy Ongala & Orchestre Super Matimila ‘Dodoma’
11 Ayub Ogada ‘Kothbiro’
12 Abdelli ‘Adarghal’ The Blind In Spirit
13 Sheila Chandra ‘The Enchantment’
14 Spaccanapoli ‘Santa Notte’

01 Big Blue Ball ‘Whole Thing Original Mix’
02 Dub Colossus ‘Azmari Dub’
03 Maryam Mursal ‘Take Care’
04 Zawose & Brook ‘The Bedbugs Bite’
05 The Boxer Rebellion ‘The Gospel’
06 Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited ‘Marudzi Nemarudzi’
07 Ghorwane ‘Majurugenta’
08 Abdelli ‘Walagh’
09 Hassan Hakmoun & Zahar ‘Soudan Minitara’ (Bumbastic Mix)
10 Hukwe Zawose ‘Sisitizo la Amani Duniani’
11 BT & Sasha ‘Da-ka-ne’
12 Geoffrey Oryema ‘Makambo’
13 Afro Celt Sound System ‘Onwards’
14 Bernard Kabanda ‘Nnankya’
15 Musicians Of The Nile ‘Zahrafat Al Sai’id’
16 Geoffrey Oryema ‘The River’

Published 3rd Dec 2007, 6:31pm »

The Imagined Village - Album and EP bundle.

Published 3rd Dec 2007, 10:31am »

Yungchen Lhamo 'Walking The Line' at the Louvre, Paris

On November 20, 22 and 24 Yungchen Lhamo accompanied an exception site-specific dance work 'Walking The Line' created by world renown American choreographer Bill T Jones. It took place in one of the museum's most spectacular locations (the one-hundred meter perspective stretching from the Winged Victory of Samothrace, to the Renaissance Arch (from the Stanga Palace) in which the celebrated sculptures of “Slaves” by Michaelangelo are framed. Solo percussion was performed by Florent Jodelet.

Nicolas Gailbert from Sony ATV Music Publishing gave us his report of this powerful and moving performance:

"In our mind, "Walking the line" will remain a very special souvenir, not only because it's obviously heavy to organise such an event inside the Louvre museum - I thought it would take place in the auditorium. The vision of Yungchen singing a capella and covering the 100 meters Gallery, from the Michel Ange's Arch to the Victoire de Samothrace's stairway where we were seated,
was a pure moment of emotion. Supported by Bill T.Jones' choregraphy and Florent Jodelet's drums, she flew over 15 centuries of sculptures, from Greece to Renaissance, as if by magic. "

Published 29th Nov 2007, 3:50pm »

Nusrat : Essential Listening Before You Die

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's now-legendary album 'Mustt Mustt' released on Real World Records in 1990 has been declared one of the '1000 Albums To Hear Before You Die' by The Guardian newspaper in the UK!

This is what The Guardian said:

"After much debate, some of it bitter, the Guardian's music team has compiled a list of albums that are well worth your hearing.

So what were the rules for picking the 1000?

First, no single act can appear more than once - though where an artist has collaborated widely, they might pop up all over the place, as Brian Eno and Damon Albarn do.

Second, where there was a good alternative to the blindingly obvious album, we went for the alternative. After all, who needs to be told, yet again, to buy Revolver or Pet Sounds?

Third, we're happy to have a slew of Various Artists albums, because there are plenty of underground scenes whose best songs came in the form of singles - why buy a Standells album when you can hear the great Nuggets compilation?

Fourth, there are a ton of little-known personal favourites in here. So when you stumble over a title you've never heard of, it's because at least one of our writers desperately wants you to hear it."

And of Mustt Mustt they said:

"The greatest exponent of qawwli, the devotional music of the Sufis, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan updated his songs to reach younger audiences, both in his native Pakistan and across the west. On this album, his extraordinary, soulful, rapid-fire improvised singing was backed by guitars as well as tablas and harmonium; Massive Attack rousingly remix the title track."

Published 22nd Nov 2007, 5:44pm »

Toumast Focus on BBC radio's premier news program

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.

Published 22nd Nov 2007, 12:33pm »

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