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It's the Second Week of our Free Music Giveaway

It's Monday, and week two of our free music giveaway… Thanks for the great response to the Remmy Ongala track last week.

A new free track has been made available - 'Porcupine' from American artist 'Joseph Arthur'. The track has been unlocked and can be download in the the 'Free Music Download's' area.

Joseph Arthur is a bard of our times. Junk all those fiddle-dee-dee connotations, negate any sense of antiquity you associate with the word, and reach for its true essence. It is something beyond the singer-songwriter, a term too broad to do justice to the passion with which he performs.

Published 28th Mar 2011, 1:56pm »

The Creole Choir of Cuba - Best Newcomer Award Nomination

Now in their third year, the Songlines Music Awards aim to recognise and celebrate the wealth of outstanding musical talent from across the world that has been reviewed in Songlines Magazine. The Creole Choir of Cuba has been recognised for the extraordinary impact they have made in the past year with a nomination in the Best Newcomer category. Following the release of Tande-la on Real World they have toured successfully in the UK and Europe and are currently in Australia with America to follow later in the summer. Beyond Songlines Magazine the group have received rapturous responses to both their recording and live shows.

"... sublimely blended vocals and rousing carnival rhythms.... their remarkable album, Tande-La (which translates as "listen"), is a rich and eclectic melting-pot that earned them critical applause far beyond world music circles." The Times UK

Published 23rd Mar 2011, 2:00pm »

Things Are Warming Up For Syriana

Live dates have been booked, award nominations received for the album, 'The Road To Damascus', remixes commissioned and a 12" vinyl designed…

We are delighted to announce that Syriana have been nominated for a 2011 Songlines Music Award in the Newcomer category with the album 'The Road To Damascus'. The winner, to be selected by the Songlines editorial team, will be published in the June issue, on sale April 29. Good luck!

Syriana has also been nominated for an award in Germany - the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (The German Record Critics' Award) - set up to recognize high standards in music recordings.

The band will take their intoxicating brew of Arabic and Western music to UK music venues in the spring, complete with a striking visual backdrop from filmmaker Nico Piazza. If Syriana is coming your way, don't miss the opportunity to see what The Guardian cited as "One of the highlights of this summer's WOMAD (2010) … the rousing debut performance by the UK-Middle Eastern band Syriana"; and Songlines Magazine agreed that "… the album's highly evocative and atmospheric pieces were transcribed very effectively to the stage".


Date Location Link
8 April Bracknell, South Hill Park Info & Tickets
4 May Basingstoke, The Haymarket Info & Tickets
7 May London South Bank Centre, Purcell Room Info & Tickets
8 May Norwich Arts Centre Event Info

July may seem like a long way off, but tickets are already on sale for Syriana's concert at Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool. This is a very special event, where Syriana are joined by Ensemble 10/10, the contemporary music ensemble of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Clark Rundell and playing arrangements composed especially for this concert.


7th July Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Info & Tickets here

To complete the Syriana collection, coming soon is a 12" vinyl, 'A Life In Film', featuring two tracks from 'The Road To Damascus' plus four remixes.

Syriana have themselves been commissioned to undertake two remixes: for Natacha Atlas's 'Ghoroub' (from her latest album Mounqaliba) to be released by Six Degrees Records in USA May 2011; and Eccodek's track 'Words with the Griot, due for release in USA and Canada later this year.

Published 22nd Mar 2011, 5:32pm »

Download Music For Free - Nine Free Tracks For The Next Nine Weeks

Since it was formed as a record label back in 1989 Real World has been exploring the world's music. Our logo has always been the colour bar - each of the bands representing a different region of the world. We have worked with some extraordinary artists over the years. This is an opportunity to make some new discoveries from our wonderful archives. We are giving away free music every week from each of the colour bar regions for the next nine weeks.

A new track will be made available for download every Monday at 12 noon GMT, starting from the 21/03/11.

See a full release schedual below:


Date Artist Region
21/03/11 Remmy Ongala Africa
28/03/11 Joseph Arthur USA
04/04/11 Toto La Momposina South America
11/04/11 Sevara Nazarkhan Asia 1
18/04/11 Guo Yeo Asia 2
25/04/11 Telek Oceania
02/05/11 Aurelio Caribbean
09/05/11 Spiro Europe
16/05/11 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Indian Subcont.
Published 21st Mar 2011, 1:35pm »

SBTRKT Portico Quartet Remix Give Away

London-based producer SBTRKT has been making electronica on a lap top for a decade. He is one of the up and coming British artists taking part in SXSW, the massive annual music event in Austin Texas that is now just as important for interactive digital technology. In Friday's Guardian SBTRKT discussed his creative world and how the latest developments in cloud technology and social networking have built him a whole new following: "I think Soundcloud has made a huge difference to me. Now there's very little income to be made from music, but in terms of interest and reaction, a relationship with your fans, it's completely unrivalled."

Through Soundcloud we are giving away 100 free downloads of the SBTRKT's outstanding remix of Portico Quartet's 'Line' , taken from the three-track EP of the same name.

Line (SBTRKT 'Less hang' Mix) by RealWorldRecords
Published 20th Mar 2011 »

A Gift From Syriana

In association with Amazon, Syriana are giving away a digital track from their new album 'The Road To Damascus'. 'Black Zil' will transport you to a unique place where ancient Middle Eastern civilisations blend with modern film noir atmosphere and surf guitars, encapsulating cinematic Cold War iconography.

This captivating track - a romantic, driving Arabic soundtrack with a touch of spy movie menace - can be downloaded free of charge for the next six weeks.

Published 18th Mar 2011, 4:57pm »

Peter Gabriel Announces Summer Tour of North America

Following the success of last year's sell out concerts Peter Gabriel returns to the USA and Canada for a 12 date tour with the New Blood orchestra. On the last outing Gabriel redrew the works of Lou Reed, David Bowie, Radiohead....this time out he applies the orchestral makeover to his own back catalogue. The stunning musical backdrop leaves Gabriel's vocals centre-stage and bare, stripped of the usual rock'n'roll clothing, no loud guitars or booming drums to hide behind. Raw and soul-baring yet passionate and often joyous, Gabriel's classic songs here take new shape and extra meaning.

This tour is an opportunity to experience the reinvention of an iconic song selection - from Red Rain to San Jacinto, Digging in the Dirt to Don't Give Up - before the album release of 'New Blood' later this year.

"As Gabriel demonstrated so ably, there are places in the soul that electric guitar, bass and drums, for all their visceral excitement, still can't reach" - LA Times

Published 16th Mar 2011, 12:01pm »

Aurelio - the rising star of Central America's Garifuna music - on the radio

Whilst in London this month, Aurelio featured as a guest on World Routes (BBC Radio 3) and The Strand (BBC World Service).

The World Routes show, presented by Lucy Duran, features an acoustic version of the track "Laru Beya" right at the beginning of the show. The interview and three other live tracks ("Mayahuaba", "Yange" and "Bisien Nu") are 32 mins into the show.

The Strand has an exclusive interview with Aurelio. To re-listen click on 'Chapter 4' at the bottom of the page. The show is available until the until 17th March.

You can listen to the shows again online by following the links below.

Published 14th Mar 2011, 12:28pm »

Competition to win tickets

Peter and the New Blood Orchestra are performing at the Hammersmith Apollo on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th of March, and the concert will be filmed in glorious 3D.

We have a pair of front row tickets to be won for each night which you can get your hands on by entering our competition.

But be quick - to be in with a chance of winning you must submit your answer to the multiple choice question by 12.00 GMT on Wednesday 16th March 2011. This is an extraordinary opportunity to see Peter perform classic songs from his repertoire with a 46-piece orchestra - guaranteed to be an intimate and captivating experience - and the first of Peter's shows to be filmed in 3D!

The winners will be contacted on Saturday the 19th March via email, as well as being announced by Peter himself in the next full moon video.

If you are not willing to take the risk, there are still a some tickets available for the shows via Ticketmaster.

Published 9th Mar 2011, 11:30am »

Echoes Presents a Legendary Sheila Chandra performance from the archives

Echoes - the daily two-hour music soundscape heard on America's Public Radio network is hosted by the legendary John Dilaberto. Today Echoes presents its International Women's Day selection which will include a seminal recording of the Real World artist Sheila Chandra. In 1993 John travelled to Shelia's home in Glastonbury in the West of England and recorded her singing tracks from her extraordinary album 'Weaving My Ancestor's Voices'. You can hear that intimate performance again on Echoes today - as Dilaberto says: "Just imagine me sitting four foot in front of that magic".

Published 8th Mar 2011, 12:04pm »