Fresh from their success at The Cambridge Folk Festival, a video of the band playing "Cold Hailey Rainy Night" is up on the Radio 2 website along with fantastic photographs of a memorable performance. Follow the link to see for yourselves...
Remix Sima Edy by Dub Colossus and you could win one of two Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin iPod Speaker systems.
Dub Colossus in A Town Called Addis is An extraordinary collaboration between contemporary Ethiopian artists and Dubulah, bringing hidden gems from Addis Ababa back to England. Dub meets dreamy blues, hypnotic grooves, jazz piano and driving funk brass. Flavours of traditional Azmari singing, 70s reggae and Ethio-pop infuse one of the most alluring and soulful genres of African music.
The album recorded in Addis Ababa and Real World Studios will be available next month exclusively as a lossless download from the Bowers & Wilkins Music Club
Take a look at the film on the Children Of The Khmer artist page for a look at the world behind some of the entertainment at this weeks WOMAD Charlton Park. The film was shot by Peter Gabriel's engineer Richard Chappell on his visits to Cambodian Arts Association in Phnom Penn with whom he has been working to bring this group to the UK this summer.
Children Of The Khmer can also be seen with The Zawose Family at The World at St George's West as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
If you follow the link to Dengue Fever's myspace page and check out their latest blog, you can win a pair of tickets to see Dengue Fever at the El-Rey in Los Angeles if you post a blog about it. Two runners up will win a limited edition signed copy of the "Escape from Dragon House" LP on coloured vinyl...
WOMAD is thrilled to announce that Peter Gabriel and Karl Wallinger will be taking part in the In Conversation sessions at this year's WOMAD Charlton Park. They will be playing tracks from upcoming Real World release, Big Blue Ball, and discussing how the project has evolved since its inception in the early '90s.
18 years in the making, Big Blue Ball is an album of wonderful and unexpected musical collaborations between The Holmes Brothers, Billy Cobham, Joseph Arthur, Iarla O'Lionaird, Deep Forest, Hukwe Zawose, Natacha Atlas, Papa Wemba, Sinead O'Connor, Joji Hirota, Guo Yue, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger and more.
You can catch Peter and Karl from 16.15-17.00 on Friday in Little Sicily.
Toumani Diabaté, David D'Or, Celso Alvin from Monobloco, Wasis Diop, and members of Orchestra Baobab and Siyaya are also confirmed for this year's In Conversation sessions.
Get the Big Blue Ball CD in advance of its official release date (on July 28) - on sale in the on-site WOMAD Shop. Plus, buy the WOMAD Souvenir Programme and get a £2-off voucher!
If you've been intrigued by Peter Gabriel and Karl Wallinger's descriptions of Francis Bebey in the Big Blue Ball video and podcasts available on the site, this charming clip is for you.
Peter said of Francis Bebey, "We were hypnotised...he embodied wisdom in lots of ways and it was a real delight". Karl Wallinger, Peter's co-pilot in the Recording Week sessions talks of his amazement at the music Francis produced from his tiny, single note, bamboo flute, describing the sound as "one of the prime numbers of music".
In April we had the pleasure of hosting a group of Ethiopian musicians - brought together by producer Nick Page as Dub Colossus, to work on projects for Real World Records and their forthcoming B&W Music Club release - viewers of Peter Gabriel's monthly video may recall hearing a snippet of an impromptu highlight when Samuel Yerga, their 21-year-old keyboard prodigy, gave an impromtu performance on Peter's concert grand Bosendorfer - Sammy's sheer joy at the instrumant was infectious, captivating the few of us lucky enough to be in the room. That performance is now available as the track 'Ambassel In Box' on the four track Real World Records EP 'A Town Called Addis'
"I didn't have a piano until this spring," says Samuel Yerga, in an interview with David Hutcheon of The Times, "but most musicians don't own their instruments, we just can't afford them. There are so many other problems for the Government to fix first that music is still not an accepted part of the culture again. After the Derg, we are the first wave to break the ice, to take traditional music and turn it around. It will be good to see how people react.
Visitors to The Barbican last Friday, or Glastonbury Festival on Sunday may have been lucky enough to catch the first live outings for Dub Colossus in the UK, anyone who heard them play would be forgiven for thinking that they lived in a world where music and instruments were as available as the air they breath. If you missed them, the next best thing would be to head over to singer Sintayehu 'Mimi' Zenebe's Addis Ababa night club - where she's know as the Ethiopian Edith Piaf and regularly performs with fellow band member Teremag Weretow who, with his plaintive voice, playing his messenqo ( one-string fiddle) is a youthful carrier of an ancient tradition, but failing that check out the EP and watch this space for news of future releases and performances.