Iarla O'Lionaird, best known as lead vocalist of the Afro Celts, is currently in New York working with producer/mixer Kevin Killen (well know to Peter Gabriel fans for his work mixing 'So' ). After many years of study and work Iarla's new album 'Invisible Fields' will delight fans of traditional sean-nos, rock and experimental ambient sound everywhere. With touches of etheral beauty (reminiscent of Sigur Ros) and earthy rock guitar, the album even features an extraordinary arrangement for a medieaval viol ensemble by revered English composer Gavin Bryars.
The album is due out in early summer 2005 but we will be posting some intriguing musical tasters before then.
The collaborative album of Ben Harper and the Blind Boys 'There Will Be A Light' has taken critics and audiences by storm. The success is reflected in the recent Grammy nominations. The extraordinary chemistry between the legendary old timers and Ben can been seen on a video on Ben Harper's website with unique studio footage of them recording together.
'There Will Be a Light' can be bought at WOMADShop.com.
Following their 3 successful Grammy wins, the Blind Boys will now be performing live with Ben Harper on the 2005 telecast! Catch this amazing collaboration on 13 February accross America (and at various other broadcast times internationally).
Two key Real World releases are listed in the Chicago Sun Times' list of Top Ten Blues albums for 2004: Little Axe "Champagne and Grits" and Charlie Musselwhite's "Sanctuary":
Little Axe, "Champagne & Grits" (Real World): Think mixing blues with hip-hop would make you as sick as, say, champagne and grits? Well, Chris Thomas King proved it can be done successfully, and Grandmaster Flash alum Skip McDonald and his musical partners perfect the recipe here.
Charlie Musselwhite, "Sanctuary" (Real World): Even a boring Midwestern interstate feels like Highway 61 outside of Clarksdale, Miss., when you slip this harmonica great's finest album onto the car player. The indefatigable spirit of the American people is the one constant theme here.
In the same article:
Finally, blues artist of the year honors go to Charlie Musselwhite, for the towering achievement that was "Sanctuary" as well as career achievement.
The Little Axe album, "Champagne And Grits" was named as one of Rolling Stone's Top Ten albums of 2004. Voted by critic, Chris Rubin, Little Axe joined artists such as Franz Ferdinand, PJ Harvey, Green Day, Joseph Arthur and David Byrne.
Fresh from the success of its sold out 2004 event, The Blues Foundation announces its nominees for the 2005 W.C. Handy Awards to be held May 5, 2005 at the Cook Convention Center. Charlie has been nominated in the catagories of Contemporary Blues Album of the Year for his Real World CD 'Sanctuary', Contemporarty Blues-Male Artist of the Year and Instrumentalist-Harmonica of the Year.
Performers, industry representatives and fans from around the globe arrive in Memphis, where W.C. Handy penned the first published Blues song, to celebrate the best in Blues recording and performance from the previous year. The W. C. Handy Blues Awards are universally recognized as the highest honor given to Blues artists.
The W.C. Handy Blues Awards are produced by The Blues Foundation, a non-profit organization established to "Preserve, Celebrate and Support" Blues history, Blues excellence and Blues education. The Foundation consists of a worldwide network of 140 affiliated Blues societies and has individual memberships spanning the globe
Daudé has just sent us this brand new promo video for the song Muito Quente (Really Hot) taken from her album Neguinha Te Amo. She says that Muito Quente describes how black brothers and sisters in Brazil can feel about themselves, with positive imagery that's also full of humour this bright vibrant video will shake off the winter blues!
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The rising star of west African music, Daby Touré and his percussionist recently came into the studios at Real World and recorded some new songs as special give away to fans via his website. The first of these gems is now available on Daby's website - just click on the audio/video section to find the lovely 'Kia A So.'
The Blind Boys of Alabama have been nominated with Ben Harper for their collaborative album 'There Is A Light' in the Best Traditional Soul Gospel album and Best Gospel Performance. Released on Virgin America, you can buy this record via the WOMAD Shop.