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This picture of one of Dengue Fever's guitars, captured earlier in the year as they recorded a Real World for a forthcoming Bowers & Wilkins Music Club release, seemed to want to find it's way out into the world today. The image of Barack Obama by Shepard Fairey has become a common sight since it's appearance here back in August.

Just launched on The Music Club is the Portico Quartet's 'Black and White Sessions' - they come highly recommended with their recent Mercury nomination. All you have to do is sign-up to get the first three tracks for free.

Published 21st Jan 2009 »

The Blind Boys of Alabama, Joi and Remmy Ongala featured in the book 1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die.

"1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die" by Tom Moon is a new book which features all kinds of musical styles and artists, from classical, pop and rock, to soul and to of course world music. It is a book which will lead the reader down previously unexplored musical avenues and open the listener's ears to albums that they may never have come across before.

The book features three albums recorded by Real World artists; The Blind Boys of Alabama with their 2001 album "Spirit of the Century", Joi and their album "We Are Three" and Remmy Ongala and and Orchestre Super Matimila's album "Songs For the Poor Man".

The 2001 album "Spirit of the Century" by The Blind Boys of Alabama is regarded as a modern classic and features an extraordinary array of musical talent including the legendary Danny Thompson on double bass, David Lindley on slide guitar, Charlie Musslewhite on harmonica and of course not forgetting the inimitable vocals of The Blind Boys themselves. As well as fantastic versions of Gospel standards, the record features covers of songs by artists such as Tom Waits, Ben Harper and The Rolling Stones.

Joi's "We Are Three" from 2000 is an album that journeys into Bengali based grooves fused with dance music taking live instrumentation such as sitars, vocals and flutes and expertly integrating them with Western dance aesthetics.

Remmy Ongala and Orchestre Super Matimala's album "Songs For the Poor Man" was one of the earliest Real World Records releases, being the 6th release back in 1989. The music is a blend of Congolese, Tanzanian and Kenyan music with beautiful guitar lines with Remmy's soulful voice. It has since become a classic of world music and Remmy (who was already a household name in his native Tanzania) was soon exposed to a worldwide audience.

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Published 5th Jan 2009 »

The Bairns Number 1 in WNYC's Top 10 of 2008.

New York Public Radio Station WNYC have voted Rachel Unthank and The Winterset's album "The Bairns" number 1 in their Top 10 albums of 2008.

Also, Rachel Unthank and the Winterset will be guests on Radcliffe and Maconie's Christmas Special which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 at 8'o clock in the evening of the 23rd December.

To see the article and the full list please follow the link below

Published 22nd Dec 2008 »

Last minute of the year?

Why not bring some instant Christmas cheer into the world by download the best Christmas album around. Hear it in the best possible quality by downloading in 'Apple Lossless' format, or go for smaller download of our 320 Kbps MP3 version. Both versions are only £5.99 from our store.

The London Times said...Pop CD of the week

...a great band, way-above-average guest contributions (from Solomon Burke, Tom Waits and Shelby Lynne, among others) and, obviously, the impeccable vocals of The Blind Boys of Alabama... Chrissie Hynde's In The Bleak Midwinter is lifted by a subtle guitar part from Richard Thompson; Aaron Neville's sweet lead floats above the Blind Boys' robust backing on Joy To The World; and it's no surprise that Mavis Staples's contribution, a barnstorming run through Born in Bethlehem, is the highlight of the album. A law should be passed forcing anyone who plays one of Cliff's Christmas ditties to play this immediately afterwards.

Published 18th Dec 2008 »

The Imagined Village on The World Radio Show in the USA

Marco Werman's THE WORLD program, a joint production of BBC and National Public Radio flagship station WGBH/Boston, is this very minute airing his focus piece on The Imagined Village. The piece features clips of songs from The Imagined Village album (including John Barleycorn) as well as notable mentions for many of the groups members.

To have a listen please follow the links below:

Published 8th Dec 2008 »

It's Blondie meets Led Zeppelin, it's great

Such was the reaction of the legendary Kinks main man on seeing Dengue Fever at the BBC studio during the filming of Later With Jools Holland. The response to their performances of Tiger Phone Card and Seeing Hands on the show has sent ripples of delight and critical acclaim through the music world, earning the group more fans. After 2 weeks of touring the UK (with a short diversion to Istanbul) the band returned to Real World Studios. New recording was followed by a live performance in the famous Big Room (pictured below) in front of a specially invited audience including competition winners. This performance was filmed and recorded and extracts will be available to view here in the future.

Also, for fans there is the opportunity to get your hands on some Dengue Fever merchandise over at the WOMADSHOP. For a limited period Kangol hats are available with purchases of the new 7" single 'Tiger Phone Card' and the album 'Venus on Earth' when bought together.

Published 1st Dec 2008 »

Dengue Fever Competition Result

The Dengue Fever I.C.A show competition is now over. We had a tremendous response to the competition and would like to thank everyone that took the time to enter.

Congratulations to Mark from Surrey, who wins a pair of tickets to see Dengue Fever at the I.C.A on November 20th plus a King room at The Rubens Palace Hotel on the night of the performance.

Well done Mark!

Published 11th Nov 2008 »

Khmer Rockers back in the UK

Dengue Fever, this summer's festival favorites and band we love to invite back to Real World Studios and WOMAD are back in the UK. They will be performing on Later With Jools Holland on Tuesday 18 November (and Friday 21 November) and performing at dates around the country (check out Tours section) including a key show at London's ICA on November 20.

If you want a special treat then you can enter a competition to join a private party on November 25 at Real World Studios in Wiltshire when Peter Gabriel will be introducing Dengue Fever who will perform an exclusive live set. Just go to the B&W Music Club website to discover more.... details can be found on the news item below (November 6).

Find out more about the band by going to NPR's Fresh Air and listen to the latest interview with the band. Hear how the band got together as well as a more historical perspective on Khmer Rock. Essentially during the Vietnam War Armed Forces Radio were broadcasting sixties surf, garage and psyche rock to GI's in Vietnam and it was picked up by the Cambodians. They in turn took what they were hearing and made their own "Khmer Rock". Dengue have revived this and expanded it into their own unique sound.

Published 7th Nov 2008 »

Win tickets to see Dengue Fever at Real World

Bowers & Wilkins is offering its members the chance to see Peter Gabriel host a limited-entry concert by the acclaimed Dengue Fever at Real World studios on 25th November.

The evening will run from 7 -10pm starting with drinks and refreshments in the small studio followed by Peter Gabriel introducing the band in the big studio.

This invitation-only performance will be recorded to form part of a Dengue Fever album which will be released exclusively through B&W Music Club in the New Year.

They have 12 pairs of tickets to give away exclusively to B&W Music Club members.

Published 6th Nov 2008 »

Dengue Fever featured on MTV's "Sanchez Get High: Pritchard vs Dainton".

The music of Dengue Fever is being featured heavily on MTV's popular programme "Sanchez Get High: Pritchard vs Dainton". The track "Seeing Hands" is being used as the signature tune and other tracks are being featured across the five episodes. Check out the link to the site below!

Published 27th Oct 2008 »

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