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Listen to Portico Quartet Live at BBC Maida Vale Studios

Portico Quartet were invited into BBC Maida Vale studios to perform a live set for Gilles Peterson. 

The show was broadcasted on Saturday on BBC Radio 6 Music but the show is available to listen again on iPlayer now.

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Book tickets to The Roundhouse show (18th Oct)

Published 9th Oct 2012, 9:30am »

Portico Quartet in session for Gilles on BBC 6 Music (5 Oct)


Portico Quartet are guaranteed to deliver goosebumps as they take us on their adventures in sound.

Catch them do a session live from Maida Vale tomorrow on BBC 6 Music at 3pm.

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Published 5th Oct 2012, 6:10pm »

If you are in America watch out for these up and coming releases…

Today sees the release of Guzo, the debut solo album by young Ethiojazz piano prodigy and Dub Colossus band member, Samuel Yirga.

The Real World Gold series also kicks off today with two gems by American artists -- The Blind Boys of Alabama's first Grammy winner, Spirit of the Century (featuring David Lindley, John Hammond and Charlie Musselwhite) and alt-rock singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur's Come To Where I'm From - followed on October 2nd by Indo-UK songstress Sheila Chandra's retrospective collection, Moonsung.

Also set for October 2nd release is Go Tell It On The Mountain, the Grammy-winning Christmas album by The Blind Boys of Alabama, with performances by guest artists Tom Waits, Chrissie Hynde, Aaron Neville, Shelby Lynne, Michael Franti, George Clinton, Mavis Staples, and Richard Thompson, among others.

Later in the year, look out for two classic titles from Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Mustt Mustt and Night Song, plus two great African releases - Uganda's Geoffrey Oryema with Exile, and Congolese star Papa Wemba's standout, Emotion.

Published 25th Sep 2012, 11:43am »

Portico Quartet - New Single Release (1st Oct)

Taken from their recent album, Portico Quartet, Steepless is the band’s first vocal collaboration and features the East London based Swedish singer, Cornelia. Features a new radio edit of Steepless done by the band themselves as well as a mix by London electronica artists Capac - the band’s favourite from over 200 entries to their Soundcloud remix competition in February. Also featured are two new mixes of the darkly hypnotic Laker Boo, one from Hyper Dub signed Rinse FM DJ Scratcha DVA bringing his unique take on UK bass music to the party and one from noted Berlin house producer and Berghain DJ Luca Lozano who takes the track to the dance floor with a deep house mix.

Pre order ‘Steepless’

Download the track 'Laker Boo (DVA’s Hi:Emotions Remix)’ taken form the new single.

Published 25th Sep 2012, 9:57am »

Remix Competition Winner

After careful deliberation Nick Page has chosen the winners the ‘My Head’ remix competition. Thanks to everyone for taking part, we’ve all had great fun listening to the remixes as they have been coming in. You can listen to the winner re-mixers below:

Winner - Cycloscope

“…great jazzy drum n bass version), makes me want to dance, great programming and spirit."   Nick Page

Runners up - Przemyslaw Grzelak & BigPete

Keep your eyes peeled for future remix competitions on the Remixed section of our website page.

Published 9th Aug 2012, 9:38am 1 notes on Tumblr »

Special Festival CD offer extended

So popular was the special edition CD ‘30 Real World at WOMAD’ at this weekend’s WOMAD festival that it sold out. If you were disappointed to find out that you were unable to buy this anniversary CD, we have extended the reduced price for one week only.

This 30-track tribute is an assembly of those Real World artists who’ve been most closely connected with the festival over the last three decades – from the spirit-of-82 vibes of The Drummers of Burundi (along with Peter Gabriel’s The Rhythm of the Heat, premiered at the first festival all those years ago) right to the present with contributions from Spiro and Portico Quartet.

Buy '30 Real World at WOMAD’ now

Published 30th Jul 2012, 4:20pm »

Creole Choir Live In Bath

The Creole Choir of Cuba in Bath, UK,

The Creole Choir of Cuba showcased their spectacular harmonies to a packed crowd at the Komedia in Bath last night. The choir were taking time out from recording their second album at Real World Studios. The rip roaring energy of the choir led for some audience members to get out of their seats and dance.

Discover more about the choir

The Official Creole Choir website

Published 20th Jul 2012, 9:20pm »

Remix Competition - Samuel Yirga's 'My Head'

To celebrate the launch of Samuel Yirga’s debut album ‘Guzo’ we are giving you the opportunity to remix the track 'My Head’, taken from the album. 

Listen to the track above, then download the remix stems and submit your track to our dropbox on Soundcloud. The closing date for entries is July 30th. Winners will be announced on the 7th August.

The winning remixer will get their hands on a Soundcloud PRO account along with a copy of the new album, two runners up will receive SoundCloud Lite accounts.

'My Head’ is an Ethio-Latin jazz track, which pays homage to John Coltrane’s “Africa Brass” album (McCoy Tyner on piano), with a nod to Horace Silver and Dave Brubeck. The piano riff-led sonic journey leads you through the east African highlands via a Latin nightclub in Addis Ababa and on to Brazil.

The track, like a lot of Ethiopian music, is in ¾ and 6/4 time signature. The Afro-Brazilian 2/4 pulse gives it danceability!

Enter the remix competition here

Discover more about 'Guzo’

Published 12th Jul 2012, 1:45pm »

Samuel Yirga's Debut Album Out Now

Samuel Yirga - Guzo

Samuel Yirga is a bright young musical talent exploring Ethiopia’s rich heritage. Pianist, composer and Dub Colossus band member, his album ventures into the world of jazz, soul and funk, into big-band brass ensembles and simmers with deeply-impassioned, introspective solo piano tracks.

“Incredible … this album has absolutely blown my socks off!”
Gilles Peterson BBC 6 Music – Album of the Week

“Impressive debut from Ethio-jazz pianist … Twenty-something Yirga is a man on a mission - to become Ethiopia’s greatest pianist. He’s surely halfway there.”

“… (a) staggeringly brilliant album.” 
Sydney Morning Herald *****

“On Yirga’s solo piano pieces we get to hear a full flowering of his spirit and thus his huge potential as both musician and composer … A supremely gifted and versatile young pianist.”
The Arts Desk

Buy Guzo Now (CD / Apple Lossless / MP3)

Discover more about ‘Guzo’

Published 9th Jul 2012, 3:23pm »

'Guzo' selected as Gilles Peterson's album of the week (BBC 6 Music)

Samuel Yirga's debut album 'Guzo' (out 9 July) has been selected by Gilles Peterson as album of the week on his Saturday afternoon show on BBC 6 Music.

On the show (which also featured a conversation with New York rapper Nas) Gilles played a selection of tracks from the album including, 'Firma Ena Wereket', 'Nou Se Soleil' and 'I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun'.

Re-listen to the show online via the BBC website (available until 7 July).

Published 1st Jul 2012, 12:09pm »

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