Syriana ‘The Road To Damascus' (Available for the first time in the US)
“Atmospheric and menacing” Uncut (UK)
Imagine ancient Middle Eastern culture blending with surf guitars, spy novels and Cold War iconography, with an array of diverse instruments. The Road To Damascus is produced by Nick “Dubulah” Page (Dub Colossus, TransGlobal Underground) and features Syrian qanun virtuoso Abdullah Chhadeh & accordionist Mazin Abu Sayf; Egyptian percussionist Sherif Ibrahim; Palestinian singer/oud player Nizar Al-Issa, and Irish double-bassist Bernard O'Neill. Time was spent in Damascus to record strings and the stunning soprano, Lubana Al Quntur.
Samuel Yirga ‘Hagere’ (4 track digital EP)
Ethiopia’s most promising young pianist, described by the LA Times as sitting “… somewhere in that fertile ground where jazz mingles with R&B and funk to create soulful beauty. … perfect for those interested in hearing an eloquent young voice express new ideas on the piano.”
Two more albums added to the Real World Gold Series…
Sheila Chandra ‘Weaving My Ancestors’ Voices’
“…a breathtaking tapestry of uncommon beauty.” Chicago Tribune
With this 1992 classic, the great singer explored the music of her spiritual ancestors, drawing upon South Indian, Celtic, Spanish and Muslim influences. Musical backing is minimal, allowing the vocals to rise and fall, soar and dip.
Adrian Sherwood ‘Never Trust A Hippy’
“It’s my own version of a kind of world music-sci-fi-dub-dancehall record.” Adrian Sherwood
Sherwood’s solo debut, featuring production maestros Sly & Robbie, young Jamaican dancehall musicians Bubblers, Jazzwad and Lenky, Indian singer Hari Haran, On-U artists Ghetto Priest and Mark Stewart, and legendary guitarist Skip “Little Axe” McDonald.