Charlie Musselwhite recorded a session for Paul Jones Blues show for BBC Radio 2 during his recent visit to the UK. This will be broadcast in two parts with the first three tracks going out on 1st July and a repeat with the final track on 9th December.
Festival favourites Ozomatli, whose new album 'Street Signs' is released in Europe on Real World Records on June 22, will be headling the Jazz-World Stage at this year's Glastonbury Festival on Sunday 27 June. They are perennial favourites at this event - loved by the audience and the organizers alike. The show will be filmed by the BBC - look out for broadcast times closer to the event!
From the streets of Naples, Spaccanapoli are a quintet of socialist rabble-rousers, brimming with street savvy and carnivalesque energy. Inheriting an age old tradition, they perfom modern protest songs filled with vibrant energy, impassioned vocals and wild abandon. Spaccanapoli will support Peter Gabriel in Genoa at the Piazza Del Mare on Wednesday 16 June.
The Tenores De Bitti, one of the most fascinating traditional polyphonic quartets of the Mediterranean Sea, will support Peter Gabriel on their home island of Sardinia. The festival takes place in Cagliari, Monday 14th June.
The end of the 'Still Growing Up' tour is approaching, with the
Wembley shows being the last opportunity to see the full 'in the
round' production of this tour. Peter wants the show to go out with
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Diam, Daby Touré's forthcoming release is now available for preorder in WOMADshop.
Daby locked himself away for several years to work on his first solo album 'Diam', collaborating with electronic musician and digital wizard Cyrille Dufay. Daby may be proud of his African roots but he values creative freedom above all else, and shuns any obligation to be more 'African' than his heart and soul tell him to be. 'Diam' is a superbly-crafted contemporary pop record, that blend the sounds of Africa, Paris and international pop in equal measure.
Eric Bibb / Charlie Musselwhite + special guests Odetta & Martin Simpson
Friday 4 June 7.30pm, Barbican Centre
Four very different but extraordinary blues artists explore the roots that inextricably bind their music. Silky voiced Eric Bibb's take on laidback acoustic blues combines with blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite's Chicago/urban blues, Odetta's folk-blues and Martin Simpson's steel string acoustic guitar sound.
Real World are delighted to announce the signing of Los Angeles Afro-Latin-and-beyond nine strong crew, Ozomatli, and will be releasing the new album 'Street Signs' on 22 June.
"With artists as self-consciously polymorphous as Ozomatli - descriptions of the group usually bear more hyphens than there are band members - songs can easily devolve into genre exercises. The L.A. nonet were guilty of just that on their first two albums, carefully repping each far-flung constituency - hip-hoppers, Chicanos, salseros, funksters, turntablists, and then some - in their multicultural vibe. Finally, with the third try, Ozo get it oh-so-right and achieve the suppleness and grace of their stylistic forebears War and Mandrill. (After all, those '70s Latin rock bands were just as musically and ethnically diverse without writing songs about it.) Street Signs shows a band that's shed their puppy-dog need to impress, and that focus is beneficial throughout. The focus of the title track - sampled piano licks quoting the salsa classic "El Preso," handclaps, and hip-hop beats - get the job done, delivering a solid progressive rap winner. The closer, "Cuando Canto," is an old-school, harmony-laden ballad that soars with unabashed love for East L.A. "brown-eyed soul." Even as the arrangements get more ambitious, as on the opener, "Believe," which matches Arabic strings with dancehall rhythms and psychedelic guitar, Ozo keep the emphasis on the songs. That's the most rewarding development on Street Signs : the band deliver their radical politics with fervor and clarity, especially on the searing "(Who Discovered) America?" and "Who's to Blame," featuring Jurassic 5 rapper Chali 2na. Guests ranging from piano maestro Eddie Palmieri to Los Lobos' David Hidalgo to turntablist (and Ozo founder) Cut Chemist sweeten the pot, but the real spice comes from Ozomatli themselves on this powerfully realized statement." Mark Schwartz - Barnes and Noble