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The Imagined Village on the Charles Hazelwood show

The Imagined Village band did a pre-recorded session on the Charles Hazelwood show last night, BBC Radio 2 at 10pm. The link below takes you to the listen again page, you can also see a video of this performance on a freezing cold winters day in a drafty somerset barn on the outskirts of glastonbury in the middle of our last november tour. It's all unplugged, and we play an acoustic, shortened version version of john barleycorn going into england half english, followed by scarbourh fair sung by chris wood with Billys introductory talk at the front. As an end of year round up the project has been nominated for 2 radio 2 folk awards: best album and best traditional track 'Cold Hailey Rainy Night' and we will be performing this song at the awards in february. We also came joint 8th in the Froots new albums of 2007 and 5th in the Mojo folk top 10 for 2007.

You can also listen again to the Tom Robinson show from last Tuesday 18/Dec on the Radio 6 website, he played 3 live tracks from the IV RFH gig: Acres of Ground, Cold Haley Rainy Night, Hard Times of Old England

We wish everyone a great Christmas and a happy New Year and well see you all hopefully in a field somewhere on the summer festival circuit.

The Village People

Published 20th Dec 2007, 2:09pm »

Joi on REPRODUCED with Bobby Friction

Farook from Joi featured in this weeks edition of 'Reproduced' on Bobby Friction's weeknight evening show.

'Reproduced' is where a producer gets creative and mashes up tracks and beats to showcase their production skills in a 10-15 minute montage. It can be as experimental as they want - the more creative and abstract the better.

Click the link below to listen again on the BBC website

Published 12th Dec 2007, 12:20pm »

'Long Way Down' released

Real World Records have today released a double CD "Long Way Down" with music featured in the TV series of the same name - Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman's epic motorcycle journey from the northern-most tip of Scotland to the southern-most tip of Africa.

CD1
01 Stereophonics ‘Long Way Down’
02 Maryam Mursal ‘Somalia, Don't Shame Yourself’
03 Geoffrey Oryema ‘Ye Ye Ye’
04 Afro Celt Sound System ‘Shadowman’
05 Joseph Arthur ‘Exhausted’
06 Ben Onono ‘Blink’
07 Adrian Sherwood ‘Majestic 12’
08 Martyn Bennett ‘Move’
09 Spaccanapoli ‘O’Mare’
10 Remmy Ongala & Orchestre Super Matimila ‘Dodoma’
11 Ayub Ogada ‘Kothbiro’
12 Abdelli ‘Adarghal’ The Blind In Spirit
13 Sheila Chandra ‘The Enchantment’
14 Spaccanapoli ‘Santa Notte’

CD2
01 Big Blue Ball ‘Whole Thing Original Mix’
02 Dub Colossus ‘Azmari Dub’
03 Maryam Mursal ‘Take Care’
04 Zawose & Brook ‘The Bedbugs Bite’
05 The Boxer Rebellion ‘The Gospel’
06 Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited ‘Marudzi Nemarudzi’
07 Ghorwane ‘Majurugenta’
08 Abdelli ‘Walagh’
09 Hassan Hakmoun & Zahar ‘Soudan Minitara’ (Bumbastic Mix)
10 Hukwe Zawose ‘Sisitizo la Amani Duniani’
11 BT & Sasha ‘Da-ka-ne’
12 Geoffrey Oryema ‘Makambo’
13 Afro Celt Sound System ‘Onwards’
14 Bernard Kabanda ‘Nnankya’
15 Musicians Of The Nile ‘Zahrafat Al Sai’id’
16 Geoffrey Oryema ‘The River’

Published 3rd Dec 2007, 6:31pm »

The Imagined Village - Album and EP bundle.

Published 3rd Dec 2007, 10:31am »

Yungchen Lhamo 'Walking The Line' at the Louvre, Paris

On November 20, 22 and 24 Yungchen Lhamo accompanied an exception site-specific dance work 'Walking The Line' created by world renown American choreographer Bill T Jones. It took place in one of the museum's most spectacular locations (the one-hundred meter perspective stretching from the Winged Victory of Samothrace, to the Renaissance Arch (from the Stanga Palace) in which the celebrated sculptures of “Slaves” by Michaelangelo are framed. Solo percussion was performed by Florent Jodelet.

Nicolas Gailbert from Sony ATV Music Publishing gave us his report of this powerful and moving performance:

"In our mind, "Walking the line" will remain a very special souvenir, not only because it's obviously heavy to organise such an event inside the Louvre museum - I thought it would take place in the auditorium. The vision of Yungchen singing a capella and covering the 100 meters Gallery, from the Michel Ange's Arch to the Victoire de Samothrace's stairway where we were seated,
was a pure moment of emotion. Supported by Bill T.Jones' choregraphy and Florent Jodelet's drums, she flew over 15 centuries of sculptures, from Greece to Renaissance, as if by magic. "

Published 29th Nov 2007, 3:50pm »

Nusrat : Essential Listening Before You Die

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's now-legendary album 'Mustt Mustt' released on Real World Records in 1990 has been declared one of the '1000 Albums To Hear Before You Die' by The Guardian newspaper in the UK!

This is what The Guardian said:

"After much debate, some of it bitter, the Guardian's music team has compiled a list of albums that are well worth your hearing.

So what were the rules for picking the 1000?

First, no single act can appear more than once - though where an artist has collaborated widely, they might pop up all over the place, as Brian Eno and Damon Albarn do.

Second, where there was a good alternative to the blindingly obvious album, we went for the alternative. After all, who needs to be told, yet again, to buy Revolver or Pet Sounds?

Third, we're happy to have a slew of Various Artists albums, because there are plenty of underground scenes whose best songs came in the form of singles - why buy a Standells album when you can hear the great Nuggets compilation?

Fourth, there are a ton of little-known personal favourites in here. So when you stumble over a title you've never heard of, it's because at least one of our writers desperately wants you to hear it."

And of Mustt Mustt they said:

"The greatest exponent of qawwli, the devotional music of the Sufis, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan updated his songs to reach younger audiences, both in his native Pakistan and across the west. On this album, his extraordinary, soulful, rapid-fire improvised singing was backed by guitars as well as tablas and harmonium; Massive Attack rousingly remix the title track."


Published 22nd Nov 2007, 5:44pm »

Toumast Focus on BBC radio's premier news program

Toumast and the plight of the Toureg people of Niger/Mali were the subject of discussion on BBC radio 4's Today program. Moussa Ag Keyna, founder of the group. lead singer and guitarist, was interviewed and described the war, the problems of desertification and marginaised youth of his people. The songs on Toumast's album 'Ishumar' provide an insight into life in the desert - from the wider political struggles of the Toureg people to Moussa's affection for his camel Ezeref.

Published 22nd Nov 2007, 12:33pm »

Award Nominations for The Imagined Village

The Imagined Village hasreceived nominations in two catagories of the BBC Folk Awards: Best Album and Best Traditional Song (for Cold Haily Rainy Night).

The nominations were announced last night on BBC Radio 2's Mike Harding show. The winners will be annonced in February next year.

Published 22nd Nov 2007, 10:12am »

Skip to sit in with Daby in London Show

Tuesday 20 November at Momo's bar located at Heddon Street in London has a change of previous billing. Toumast are re-scheduling their date for a later occasion and instead we will have Daby Touré on a return visit to this popular club. Daby will be joined by Little Axe mainman Skip McDonald for a guest slot. This is a great opportunity to see these two wonderful artists in a unique collaboration..

Entrance Free but numbers very limited!

Published 19th Nov 2007, 6:48pm »

Toumast video added

We've just added a video to our Toumast pages of 'Ikalane Walegh' / 'These Countries That Are Not Mine' from their 2007 Festival des Vieilles Charrues...makes you want to leap on a camel and head off across the desert.

Published 19th Nov 2007, 6:32pm »

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