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'.
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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!
Lucky Londoners will have the opportunity to see Skip McDonald aka Little Axe in an acoustic showcase to launch his album 'Stone Cold Ohio'.
The performance is free and open to all. It will be happening at 6.00 on Monday 9 October at Ray's Jazz which is located on the second floor of Foyles Bookstore on Charing Cross Road. Skip, on guitar and vocal, will be accompanied by double bass, tabla and violin - so expect a very alternative interpretation of his 20th century blues sound.
Adrian Sherwood's new album, 'Becoming A Cliché', is set for release in Japan through Beatink Records on 18/10/06. The album is intially being released as a special limited edition CD, including bonus CD 'Dub Cliché'.
The new release coincides with 'Dub Sessions Vo.2', a series of live dates in Tokyo, Nagoya & Osaka. On stage for the first time in 30 years, the legendary Lee 'Scratch' Perry will be Adrian's very special guest for all four sessions.
Full details and booking info can be found in the tours section of this website.
Guo Yue will be performing on the DVD recording of Shan Qi (Mountain Energy) from 25th to 29th September 2006. Playing with Yue will be musicians Giovanni Amighetti, Guido Ponzini, Wu Fei and Helge Andreas Norbakken. The DVD will be filmed in beautiful locations in the Dolomites, Carnia and the Venice region and will be recorded using an innovative musical video technique called VMT.
WITNESS is pleased to announce the launch of the Human Rights Video Hub Pilot, in collaboration with Global Voices Online. The Human Rights Video Hub Pilot is the first initiative of its kind a curated forum that amplifies and gives context to human rights-related video footage uploaded to the Internet by concerned citizens around the world.
Iarla O'Lionaird will appear alongside Cara Dillon at the open ceremony for The Ryder Cup 2006 on Thursday September 21st, 15:00 to 17:00. An estimated TV audience of 1 billion worldwide will be watching the extravaganza which is set to be in the spirit of a World Cup or Olympic Games opening ceremony. The showcase will no doubt try and generate the same effect as the Riverdance phenomena achieved following its showcase at the Eurovision Song Contest when it was hosted by Ireland in 1994. A new Ryder Cup anthem will be performed by one of Irelands eminent traditional music players, Donal Lunny and will include a pageant by over 300 actors.
"The wide world is all about you; you can fence yourselves in but you cannot forever fence it out". And so the hobbit's mission arrives in London with the announcment that The Lord of the Rings, based on the books by J R R Tokien takes to the stage at the legendary Theatre Royal Drury Lane from 9 May 2007.
The countdown to the opening night began on September 8 when producer Kevin Wallace announced in front of an invited audience that the spectacular event was on its way. Guests who gathered at the Theatre Royal were treated to their first glimpse of a Black Rider towering over them on stage, a scene from hobbits Frodo and Sam and an emotional song from cast and chorus lead by the wonderful Värttinä (who have had a central role in shaping the music of the event).
Auditions were taking place this week for multiple orcs and hobbits (hairy feet an additional advantage!)
The producers promise thrilling music, enthralling choreography, remarkable stageing and stunning design featuring over 70 actors, singers and musicians. The epic production opened first in Toronto where it has been honed and developed ready for its London debut next spring.