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'In Trance' by JuJu out now

JuJu is Justin Adams (electric guitar, bendir, backing vocals), Juldeh Camara (lead vocals, ritti, talking drum), Billy Fuller (bass) and Dave Smith (drums, percussion). Their new album 'In Trance' has been recorded live to capture the spirit of JuJu's electric performances on stage - channelling trancey rhythms from traditional Africa, leftfield jazz and the wilder end of rock. The enthusiastic reaction to their live work outs have now been reflected in outstanding reviews of this new album.

"Avant-jazz dub-trance grooves."

The Independent

"... Adams and Camara interact with extraordinary intuition."

The Guardian

"...Hot stuff"

Evening Standard

Published 13th Jun 2011, 10:07am »

Musician Guo Yue tells the story of his childhood during the Chinese Cultural Revolution

Guo Yue's 2006 release on Real World Records 'Music, Food and Love' paints a vivid picture of a remarkable life in China during the Cultural Revolution. The hauntingly aching music on this CD charts an evocative journey through the life of the musician, composer and cook. Yue wrote an accompanying memoir of the same name including nostalgic photographs and mouth-watering recipe's from his childhood.

His personal story is extraordinary. 'On The Rubble of My Home, I Played My Flute: A Memoir in Music and Sound by Guo Yue' will be broadcast as part of BBC Radio 3's Between The Ears series on 11 June at 21.15.

Published 9th Jun 2011, 2:26pm »

Creole Choir of Cuba American debut performance at BAM in Brooklyn - Sat, 4th June

Sat, Jun 4, 2011 at 8pm

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

As part of the ¡Sí Cuba! Festival, BAM will present the historic US premiere of The Creole Choir of Cuba. Comprised of descendants of Haitian migrants, the Grammy-nominated group resurrects the half-heard voices and unsung songs lost to the official soundtrack of a nation.

This is a fantastic opportunity to see the truly authentic expression of the Creole population of Cuba. Prepare to be blown away by the passionate melodies, wild harmonies and richly textured arrangements of these ten inspiring vocalists.

"... sublimely blended vocals and rousing carnival rhythms earned a rapturous welcome."

Press review from: The Times (UK)

"... extraordinarily fiery performances."

Press review from: limelight (Australia)

"..heroic...romantic, uplifting the soul."

Press review from: The List (UK)

Published 3rd Jun 2011, 12:04pm »

JuJu Reviewed on BBC World Routes

On Saturday's World Routes programme on BBC Radio 3, JuJu's new album 'In Trance' was reviewed by journalists John L Walters, Sue Steward and the programme's presenter, Lucy Duran. You can listen again until Saturday 4 June. The JuJu discussion is about 28 minutes into the programme, but World Routes is always a good listen - this edition featuring a session with Malian balafon player Fode Lassana Diabate and a round up of what's on offer at this summer's festivals.

'In Trance' is released on 13th June, find out more about the album here.

JuJu perform at Sunrise Celebration in Somerset this weekend, for more details click here.

Published 31st May 2011, 1:33pm »

Real World Remixed Is Back

Our legendary site Real World Remixed has been dormant for a few months, but is now back in action with a new remix pack to get your hands on. Download the original multitrack recordings of music from Real World Records or Peter Gabriel and use whatever (legal!) means possible to re-work, re-define, re-invent in your own creative style. Join the Real World Remixed community - upload your remix, vote, comment and join the discussion.

The new track available is taken from the new album 'Addis Through The Looking Glass' by the mighty Dub Colossus. Back with their inventive fusion of jazz-dub, reggae, Seventies Ethiojazz and traditional tunes the Ethio/UK musical collective have created a gorgeous grooving love song, 'Wey Fakir', featuring the vocals of Tsedenia Gebremarkos and extraordinary young pianist Samuel Yirga.

"Smash it, mash and have fun!" says producer Dubulah

Published 27th May 2011, 5:16pm »

Iarla Ó Lionáird features on Donnacha Dennehy's new album

Iarla O'Lionáird features on the new album, Grá agus Bás, by fellow Irish composer, Donnacha Dennehy.

Iarla is the soloist on the title piece (Love and Death) - a natural choice for Dennehy who takes his inspiration from sean-nós "old style" Irish vocal music. "I had long been an admirer of Iarla; he has a beautiful voice; it's very distinct, but it also has this darkness," says Dennehy.

The album is completed by a six-part song cycle, That the Night Come, which consists of W.B. Yeats's poems sung by US soprano Dawn Upshaw.

The Dublin-based Crash Ensemble performs both works, conducted by Alan Pierson.

Iarla O'Lionáird's third solo album, Foxlight, is released on Real World Records in September. Look out for news of this release and live dates.

Published 19th May 2011, 10:32am »

Final Week of Free Music Giveaway...

It's the final week of our music giveaway, and to complete the set we have a track from an extraordinary Pakistani artist, the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Nusrat was undoubtedly, spiritually and technically, one of the greatest voices of his day, bringing the Qawwali music tradition to the Western world. His magnificent and haunting voice has enraptured millions across the globe.

Download the full length version of his track Ganj-E-Shakar (22.42mins) from the album 'The Last Prophet'.

It was the late American singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley who, in 1993, described Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan as "my Elvis".

Published 16th May 2011, 1:19pm »

London Launch of New JuJu Album 'In Trance'

Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara present their new band 'JuJu', featuring Billy Fuller (Beak, Massive Attack, Robert Plant) on bass and Dave Smith (Outhouse, Ruhabi, Loop Collective) on drums.

Expect Hypnotic, psychedelic trance grooves from Robert Plant/Tinariwen collaborator, Justin Adams, and West African Griot Master Musician, Juldeh Camara. Plus Soul Science Sound System.

Published 12th May 2011, 3:51pm »

Syriana on BBC World Service Newshour

It is no surprise that Syria featured heavily in last Friday's Newshour on BBC World Service - where the programme focused on a day of defiance amongst the country's anti-government protestors.

Two musicians from the group Syriana joined the programme to explain how they have recently worked with Syrian musicians, traveling to Damascus to record parts for the album 'The Road To Damascus'. Sadly these musicians are unable to leave their country to perform live with Syriana.

The programme is still available on-line. The whole hour makes for an interesting and informative listen, and Nick Page and Nizar Al Issa of Syriana appear at the end - about 44 minutes in - where they perform the track, Al Araby.

Syriana's next UK performance is 7 July at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall as part of the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival.

Published 9th May 2011, 2:32pm »

Free Music Giveaway - Week 8

We are on week eight of our nine week free music giveaway marathon. This week's artist, Spiro, first came together through Bristol's folk sessions scene in 1993.

The four-piece contemporary ensemble take a meticulous approach to composition and performance, creating a sound much greater than their parts (accordion, mandolin, acoustic guitar and violin) would suggest.

Spiro remain something of an enigma, a well-kept secret thatʼs only now starting to spread. They are currently working on their new album for Real World.

Published 9th May 2011, 12:39pm »