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Mozambique Music Meeting 2017

Photo credit: Pete Williams

Real World Records are delighted to attend Mozambique Music Meeting this week. It is the first Showcase Festival in Mozambique. An annual event that aims to boost the dissemination and promotion of Mozambican music in particular and arts and culture in general - It will be a festival and a Music Market simultaneously, incorporating other elements of Mozambique culture: it will celebrate cultural diversity through music, dance, fine arts, photography, food, and crafts. This initiative not only aims to put Mozambique on the Map of World cultural events but also to promote Mozambican music, local artists, stimulate and raise the level of quality of local musicians.

Real World and WOMAD discovered the band Ghorwane back in the early 1990s. In 1991 Ghorwane recorded in the Wood Room at Real World Studios. As the tragedy of the civil war in Mozambique was finally drawing to an end (peace arrived when the Frelimo Government and Renamo guerrillas reached a settlement in 1993) Ghorwane were celebrating traditional Mozambican rhythms in a fresh modern way while the themes of their songs reflected the struggle and tragedy of the lives of ordinary people. The injection of life they shot into the stagnant music scene, and their subsequent success, have inspired other bands to take a similar route.

Published 4th Dec 2017, 6:47pm »

9Bach live in London & on Radio 3

As we get close to the end of the year there's still a couple of chances to experience the wonderful 9Bach live.

On Friday 8 December they play at London's Cadogan Hall alongside Moulettes. It should prove to be a special night for those close to the capital so please do try and join us if you can.

The following night, 9 December, the band will also play an end-of-year homecoming set at Neuadd Ogwen in Bethesda. Perfect!

If you can't make either of those live shows, then you can still listen out for BBC Radio 3's World on 3 this Friday night (1 Dec) at 11pm where 9Bach will be playing four songs live in session.

Published 28th Nov 2017, 2:08pm »

Loney dear new video for Isn't It You

A new video for Loney dear's Isn't It You has been released today.

The video was directed by Anton Myrin.

Isn't It You is taken from Loney dear's self-titled seventh album, his first release on Real World Records which is out now.

Published 24th Nov 2017, 2:20pm »

25% off Real World Classics on Vinyl

We're offering a 25% discount on classic Real World LPs for a limited period.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan | Mustt Mustt
Martyn Bennett | Grit
Joseph Arthur | Redemption's Son (15th anniversary)
Papa Wemba | Emotion
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan | Shahen Shah
Geoffrey Oryema | Exile
Various Artists | Passion Sources
Ayub Ogada | En Mana Kuoyo

Just select any combination of the eight LP re-issue titles above (or tote bag) to the value of £20 (or local equivalent) and redeem the code below to claim your discount.

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Published 21st Nov 2017, 3:56pm »

The Gloaming announce additional shows

Photography: Rich Gilligan.

The Gloaming will play their only live shows of 2018 at the National Concert Hall in Dublin in March next year.

The first four shows have already sold out but three additional shows will go on sale on Wednesday 22 November at 10am.

The full run of dates is:
Monday 5 March SOLD OUT
Tuesday 6 March SOLD OUT
Wednesday 7 March SOLD OUT
Thursday 8 March SOLD OUT

Saturday 10 March
Sunday 11 March
Monday 12 March

All shows at 8.00pm

Published 21st Nov 2017, 11:35am »

Society of Sound: Mammal Hands

The November release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound comes from Mammal Hands. Their captivating, ethereal and majestic album Shadow Work incorporates a disparate array of influences: drawing on spiritual jazz, north Indian, folk and classical music to create something inimitably their own.

The band (saxophonist Jordan Smart, pianist Nick Smart and drummer and percussionist Jesse Barrett) hail from Norwich, one of Britain's most isolated and most easterly cities, and that's perhaps why they have forged their own path away from the musical mainstream to develop a unique sound collaboratively constructed by their powerful group dynamic.

Published 15th Nov 2017, 11:18am »

Totó La Momposina to perform at opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi

Totó La Momposina will be performing as part of the opening week of the new Louvre Abu Dhabi.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is on the shores of Saadiyat Island and the first museum outside of France to be allowed to use the Parisian institution's name.

The new museum opens on 11 November and Totó is one of a select number of artists to be performing as part on the opening week of activity. Her show is on 14 November.

Published 8th Nov 2017, 11:21am »

Les Amazones d'Afrique - La Dame et Ses Valises released

To coincide with their November tour dates in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Switzerland an edit version of Les Amazones d'Afrique's La Dame et Ses Valises is now available to stream and download.

A key track on the critically acclaimed République Amazone album it features the vocals of the incomparable Nneka.

See all Les Amazones d'Afrique's November tour dates here

Published 8th Nov 2017, 10:52am »

Hear Syriana discuss the 'Ipiros EP' on Paradigms

Earlier in the year Syriana released the Ipiros EP, a collection of remixes of the track Ipiros, which though originally recorded for The Road to Damascus album had only previously been available as part of the A Life in Film vinyl.

100% of profits from sales of this new EP go towards International Rescue: Greece.

Hear the instigators of Syriana - Nick 'Dubulah' Page and Bernard O'Neill talk more about the Ipiros EP and why they wanted to release it now in this US radio interview with Paradigms

Published 7th Nov 2017, 3:30pm »

Society of Sound: Blue Lab Beats

Blue Lab Beats are NK-OK, aka 18-year-old electronic beats programmer Namali Kwaten, and Mr DM, aka multi-instrumentalist David Mrakpor, 23. A double act with a combined love of hip hop artists J. Dilla, Public Enemy and a Tribe Called Quest; jazz heroes Herbie Hancock and Roy Ayers; soul legends Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield.

They pair fuse minds as well as genres. Their new Society of Sound release, Xover, captures their sultry mish-mash, with its American source and London attitude - the duo neatly side-step the clearance problems that beset so many of their hip hop heroes by cutting up live music made especially for them, effectively sampling themselves.

The album was recorded at Real World Studios.

"We just do what we love doing," says NK-OK of Xover. "Whenever we're together the work flows really fast."

Published 20th Oct 2017, 11:19am »

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