The Imagined Village will be doing our last gig for 2008 as part of the Molten Festival, Broadway Theatre, Barking, October 26th. It's not a huge venue with a capacity of 350, so book now on line if you want to catch us before we retire to our respective studios to start work on our next album. We will of course be updating this Myspace site with new material once it starts flowing out the village pump, but till the pump action starts this is your last chance to see us this year. In 2009 we hope to be back doing the festivals over the summer (assuming we have a summer!). For Barking we have a smaller band, Billy Bragg is in the states so he will be appearing via satellite link up, Sheila Chandra can't make it and we are waiting to here from the Young Coppers, we are just not sure the stage is big enough for all of us! But it promises to be a great gig and we're all really up for it after our amazing run of summer shows and the great coverage we got on BBC4 from the Cambridge Folk Festival. It'd be great to have our fan base at the gig as a way of playing out the summer. We are sharing the bill with the London Gypsy Orchestra and comedian Arthur Smith.
See you at the gig, or maybe in a field in glorious England some time next year,
Lots of love and thank you all for the support you've given us in 2008!
The Imagined Village
Venue address: The Broadway, Barking, London. IG117LS.
Box Office: 020 8507 5607
Start time: 7pm
Ticket Prices: £17/ £15 concessions
Real World Records and Red Carnation Hotels are offering fans of Dengue Fever another unique opportunity to see the band - in style!
The fantastic prize on offer is a pair of complimentary tickets to the bands I.C.A. show in London on Thursday November 20 along with the opportunity to meet the band backstage. But that's not all! Red Carnation Hotels are offering one King room (double occupancy) on the night of the performance at the four-star boutique hotel, The Rubens at the Palace. The competition winners will receive VIP treatment at the hotel, complimentary English breakfast and 2 free drinks in the bar.
To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize all you need to do is email your answer to the question below to firstname.lastname@example.org Your message should be titled DENGUE FEVER COMPETITION and must contain the answer to the multiple choice question and your full name and address.
Question: What is the title of the bonus track on the European release of "Venus On Earth"
a. Laugh Track
b. One Thousand Tears Of A Tarantula
Winners need to be based in London or the surrounding area and must be able to provide transportation to/from the hotel and the venue.
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Hector Zazou. The innovative French composer and producer was a regular visitor to Real World Studios and delighted us all with his unique charm. His international reputation came from his diverse musical projects - from rock to classical, avant garde experimental electronica to pure vocal and world music. He worked in collaboration with artists as diverse as Bjork, Jon Hassell, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Peter Gabriel, Jane Siberry and LIsa Germano.
Real World Records worked closely with Hector when he produced the exquisite album 'Coming Home' for Tibetan artists Yungchen Lhamo. He then took a voyage of discovery to Tashkent, Uzbekistan to meet Sevara Nazarkhan and produce her ground-breaking debut album 'Yol Bolsin'. His bold and beautiful use of strings, traditional instruments alongside electronica gave both albums their futuristic and yet timeless quality.
One of Hector's most recent projects, a CD/DVD titled Quadri [+] Chromies, result of a two years collaboration with French digital painter Bernard Caillaud which was released in 2006 was designed and authored by the team at Real World's Multimedia Department.
Peter Gabriel pays tribute to Hector in September's Moon Club: " He had a particular, unique personality - very drole, very witty. His musical persona was very emotional but restrained. You could feel the passion but it was kept at an observer's distance. We will all miss him greatly."
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 email@example.com.
...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.