We've just turned on our new digital download facility on the womadshop.com site. We are still in a pseudo 'soft launch' phase, only one product available so far as we want to deal with any teething problems and get some customer feedback before opening out the service.
The Big Blue Ball record has had such a long gestation, dating back to the famed 'Recording Weeks' here at Real World in the early 90's, that we though we would make it's delivery to the customer as fast as possible. Big Blue Ball is now available as a 320Kbs MP3 or in Apple Lossless format (CD quality, but roughly half the file size). Both options are DRM free and available for a very reasonable £4.99. Purchasers of the CD or vinyl versions also get the benefit of the download system as we now throw in the MP3 version of the album so that you get instant gratification whilst waiting for the joy of a package in the post.
If you do try it out, we'd love to know how it works for you.
There are some great mixes of the Dub Colossus track Shima Edy beginning to flow in to the site, and we've had a few requests asking us to explain how the competition voting works, so here goes....
To vote in the competition you need to log-in to the site, then on each remix page you will see a button 'Add to comp chart' Clicking this button adds the remix into a list on your 'remixer page' which you can access from the log-in panel in the side bar. When you are on your 'remixer page' you can drag the tracks up and down in your competition list until you have the remixes in the right order. At the end of the competition we will combine all the charts and a winner will emerge.
Maybe it all sounds a little complex, but we created this system to try and get around the ratings war that has occasional broken out in other competitions. You can still rate and comment on these mixes as with any other, and the site generates it's top 20 each week, but the competition voting is a separate system.
Let us know how it works for you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
...oh and don't forget there's a Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin going to the winning mix in this vote.
Dengue Fever will be playing at Rough Trade East in London on Wednesday 13th August at 7pm. A great opportunity to check out this fantastic band!
This will be the Dengue Fever's last summer appearance in London before they return in November to headline @ The I.C.A. London.
For further information please follow the links...
As part of their current European tour Denge Fever recently played in Norway at the prestigious Hove festival. Norwegian network NRK were there to capture an exclusive live performance nestled deep in Norway's beautiful wooded surroundings.
Follow the link to see this exclusive acoustic performance.
The band will be in Norway again for the OYA festival in Oslo on August 6 before heading to Sweden on the 8th. After that they will be back in the UK for this weekend's Summer Sundae festival in Leicester on the 9th of August.
Daby Toure's performance on "Soundcheck at Momo's", which was filmed at London's famed Momo's Kemia Bar is set to be screened on The Africa Channel US.
The episode will be screened three times on Time Warner cable in the Metro area on channel 176 and Charter cable in the Inland Empire on channel 145
Saturday, August 9th at 2:30pm PDT
Thursday, August 13th at 6pm PDT
Thursday, August 13th at 10pm PDT
A video promotion of the performance is currently on rotation The Africa Channel website.
Check out the link...
Daby's latest tour is currently underway in the States. He will be at the Edmonton Folk festival in Canada on August the 8th and 9th and will be at the Greenbelt festival in England on 24th August.
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...