"The last night belonged to two men. First up was Robert Plant, playing as special guest of his friend and guitarist Justin Adams and the Gambian griot Juldeh Camara. Plant was in imperious form, with three Led Zeppelin songs in a nine-song set : "Four Sticks", "Rock and Roll" and a rapid-fire "Whole Lotta Love". The single-string of Camara's ritti was weirdly discordant, adding an intriguing new element to the songs. Best of all was the makeshift band's cover of Leadbelly's "Black Girl", slowed down to the point whereby it teetered on the edge of disintegration, bringing out the full malevolence with spine-tingling passion.
Watching Plant perform, it seemed rather admirable that he turned down vast sums to retread old footsteps in favour of continuing to explore the music that has inspired him throughout his life in all its myriad forms. He was rewarded with screams from the audience - a sound not often heard at Womad festivals, let alone in the Gulf - and women holding banners saying that if he wanted a whole lotta love, invite the holders on stage. It proved old rockers can remain revolutionaries."
Ian Birrell from Abu Dhabi in The Independent
Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara are interviewed on Radio 4's Today programme on Saturday 25th April.
If you can't wait to get your ears around the fantastic new album we have a special download offer for you. If you pre-order the new album on CD by Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara from our online shop before the official release date of May 11th you can automatically download a digital version of the music now!
Portico Quartet are four young musicians from London who sound like nothing you've ever heard before. Their strange, beautiful sound was honed busking at the South Bank in London and playing in unusual spaces; churches, galleries and chill-out zones. The band, who all live together in East London, describe their ethos as like an Indy band that plays post-jazz and their unique, hooky sound has won them fans from Gilles Peterson to Radio 4 as well as catching the ear of Real World Records head honcho Peter Gabriel. Their debut album Knee-Deep In The North Sea (Babel/Vortex records) was named Time Out's Jazz, Folk and World music album of the year for 2007 and was one of the Nationwide Mercury Prize albums of the year for 2008
Portico Quartet signed to Real World Records in February 2009 and will record their eagerly anticipated second album and label debut with producer John Leckie (Doves, Radiohead, The Stone Roses) at the helm at Abbey Road in May followed by mixing at Real World.
"We are delighted to be releasing Portico Quartet on Real World Records. They create environments with their own world of sounds, that are as stimulating as they are soulful " Peter Gabriel
"We are all really delighted to be joining the Real World family and of course excited to be recording at Abbey Road with one of our favourite producers John Leckie". Portico Quartet
The band also tour in May with dates in Penzance, Constantine, Bristol, Plymouth, Brighton, Liverpool, Manchester, Coventry, Leeds and the Cheltenham and Bath jazz festivals. Full tour dates attached.
Portico Quartet are Jack Wyllie (sax and loops), Milo Fitzpatrick (double bass), Nick Mulvey (Hang) and Duncan Bellamy (drums and Hang), and it's the mix of ethereal saxophone, otherwordly Hang, clattering drums and earthy double-bass that gives their music it's inimitable, beautiful sound. It was the chance purchase of the Hang by Duncan Bellamy, at WOMAD, that inspired the young friends to start a band, and while their largely intuitive music references jazz and African music it's the Hang inspired trance-like repetitive patterns of Duncan and Nick Mulvey that propel the band into stranger pastures.
Portico Quartet recorded a special album for the B&W Society of Sound at Real World Studios in January 2009. They are performing at WOMAD Charlton Park in July.
"Try to imagine the coolest film never made. We mean really cool. Steve McQueen and Samuel L, on 'Easy Rider' choppers, in a French film-noir spy film, infiltrating a Yakuza Samurai cult. Portico Quartet would provide the soundtrack" Channel 4.com
"A phenomenon in the making" The Independent
"Haunting, beautifully austere sound" Metro
On Tuesday April 22nd CBC Radio in Canada will be broadcasting a concert to mark this year's International Earth Day. CBC have invited performers from 6 different continents for this occasion. All of the performers sing about their land. Mamer is one of the artists who is playing and you will be able to hear the performance on Canada Live.
Follow the link below on 22nd April to listen.
Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara will be playing an exclusive concert at this year's WOMAD Abu Dhabi on Saturday 25th April. They will be joined on this occasion with special guest Robert Plant for what promises to be a memorable night.
For more information on this concert please follow the link to the WOMAD Abu Dhabi site below.
The new album by Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara "Tell No Lies" will be released by Real World Records on May 11.
"Tell No Lies" is the place where the deep roots of African music nourish the raw electric groove of rock and roll, where Gnawa spirit rhythms come up against Chicago distortion, West London howl and a Sahel Wail. Following the critically-acclaimed 'Soul Science' (for which they won a BBC World Music Award) this second album takes them deeper into their own special world - no academic experiment but a genuine fusion of musical souls.
To launch this exciting new release, Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara will be playing at London Jazz Cafe on Wednesday 13th May.
They will both be touring extensively over the coming months so check our tour dates page for the latest updates.
This week's Rob Da Bank show on BBC Radio One features Bethan Elfyn with a global musical feast as she uncovers the best tunes on the planet in Around The World In 60 Records.
From Ethiopia she chose Dub Colossus "Entoto Dub" and from Cambodia, Dengue Fever "Tiger Phone Card".