Samuel Yirga made his first solo appearance this weekend at WOMAD Charlton Park, delighting the festival crowd with a virtuosic and impassioned performance that seemed mature beyond his young age. He was delighted by the warm reaction and spend time signing CDs for enthusiastic new fans.
Today he releases his debut solo recording, a four track EP 'Hagere'. Samuel is carving out a reputation as the brightest rising star in the new generation of Ethio-jazz musicians. His piano playing celebrates the golden era of Ethiopian jazz, pop and traditional roots music which he explores in his unique personal style.
Aurelio, the Garifuna artist based in Honduras, will be interviewed on tonight's Radio 4 Front Row at 19.15. This key BBC arts program will be discussing Aurelio's new Real World album Laru Baya. Aurelio is one of the most extraordinary and passionate artists of his generation, and a major tradition-bearer of the Garifuna culture that fuses African and Caribbean roots. Laru Beya was recorded in Honduras, Belize and Senegal, where Aurelio worked with Youssou N'Dour and Orchestra Baobab, who both guest on the recording.
You can see Aurelio performing at WOMAD on the Charlie Gillett Stage at 18:00 on Friday night and again on the beautiful Siam Tent at 18.00 on Saturday night.
"With hundreds of artists from everywhere in the world, everyone's WOMAD will be different," The Evening Standard
This year at Charlton Park, Real World Records will be represented by a range of exciting and diverse artists: Aurelio (Honduras); The Creole Choir Of Cuba (Cuba); Dub Colossus (Ethiopia/UK); Iarla O Lionaird (Ireland); and Samuel Yirga (Ethiopia).
For those of you that are attending please check out the official WOMAD iPhone app (also available for Android users ). The app is intended to complement anyone attending the festival so they can have offline access to the line ups, artist background, maps and other helpful information.
With weather reports looking positive, what better way to enjoy this coming weekend! Hope to see you all there.
In advance of this Saturday's concert at the Barbican in London, Aurelio talks to The Morning Star about the Garifuna culture, his election to the Honduran parliament and sharing musical ideas with Youssou N'Dour and members of Orchestra Baobab.
Iarla Ó Lionáird's new album, Foxlight, will be released early this Autumn. Foxlight shimmers with versatility and is one of Ó Lionáird's most organic and naturalistic records to date. Instrumentation and layers are embedded in each song, but ultimately it's about Ó Lionáird's exquisite, sonically unique voice. This concert is a special preview show of this new release.
We are delighted welcome Honduran rising star, Aurelio, for a run of concerts and festivals, including WOMAD, Paleo and Etnosur.
On Saturday 23rd July, Aurelio performs in London at the Barbican's Blaze Festival, joining Danyel Waro and Carlou D for an evening of fresh and emerging global voices.
Aurelio is a WOMAD Charlton Park festival highlight with two performances over the weekend, Friday on the Charlie Gillett Stage and Saturday in the Siam Tent.
Aurelio's new album 'Laru Beya' has been described as '…one of the albums of the year so far' (The Guardian), "... just beautiful" (Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2) and '…an outstanding, surprise-filled offering' (The Observer).
The combination of Syriana and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra last week was a musical experience to be savored. The concert, part of the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival, featured some terrific orchestral arrangements of Syriana's music by Ian Stephens, and the Orchestra conducted by Clark Rundell provided the symphonic punch that complemented Syriana's evocative sound.
Niccolo Piazza's films created a backdrop of images which ranged from the psychedelic to the eerily beautiful, with vivid shots of sculpted sand dunes, rolling desert skies.
Bringing their intoxicating brew of Arabic and Western music to Liverpool Philharmonic, complete with a striking visual backdrop from filmmaker Nico Piazza, this unique concert debuts arrangements composed especially for the performance, which sees Syriana joined by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. This event on Thursday 7 July is a unique opportunity to see a dramatic meeting of Middle East and West - a powerful and cinematic experience in which the emotional narrative drama of Syriana's music is taken to new heights through the orchestral collaboration.
Fresh from their nomination for a 2011 Songlines Music Award as Best Newcomer with their album 'The Road To Damascus', and a second nomination for the prestigious German award Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (The German Record Critics' Award - set up to recognize high standards in music recordings), Syriana's highly acclaimed evocative and atmospheric pieces are effectively transcribed to a live stage performance.
Now released 'A life in film' Syriana on glorious vinyl featuring 6 tracks not available on the original CD. Buy the vinyl from our shop.
An exciting young pianist from Ethiopia, Samuel Yirga first became known through his outstanding playing with Dub Colossus. Against the odds, Samuel found his way to music school in Addis Ababa and this rising young star is now re-writing contemporary Ethiopian music for the new generation . Experimenting with Jazz, Latin, the traditional songs and sounds of his country's roots and more contemporary Ethiojazz, Samuel's remarkable talent shines. His new recordings are bold and sensitive, often improvised, always deeply impassioned.
Samuel will be performing at WOMAD Charlton Park and festival goers will have the chance to discover his first solo release - a limited edition CD showcasing his remarkable playing.