Comedian, broadcaster and GP Dr Phil Hammond hosts the show, The Book Group, where he asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice for the delight or disdain of the others.
This week's guests included musician and composer Nitin Sawhney, whose choice was The Massive Attack remix of Mustt Mustt by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. This track features on the Qawwali master's Real World album, 'Mustt Mustt'. It was also Real World Records' first single release (complete with home made artwork by 3D of Massive!)
Having popularised this beautiful and inspirational music to a worldwide audience, with this album Nusrat explored various Western styles and rhythms, to which he brought his own Asian approach. Produced by Michael Brook, who also plays guitar, "Mustt Mustt" is a unique meeting of international talent.
The Book Group, BBC Radio 4, broadcast Tuesday 14th April
The closing date for the Daby Touré remix competition is almost upon us. Friday April 3rd is the deadline so now is the time to get your remixes finished! Also visit the Real World Remixed website to find instructions on how to vote for your favourite ones.
Remix Daby Touré's track Setal and be in with a chance to win an ipod Nano and jam with Daby over the winning remix at his show in Amsterdam on April 11th.
It's short notice, but if you or someone you know is floating around Hollywood tonight, this screening of 'Sleepwalking Through The Mekong' at Amoeba's Monday Movies sounds like the place to be. There will be a Q&A after the screening with members of the band who will sign copies of the CD/DVD.
Sleepwalking Through the Mekong follows Los Angeles based band Dengue Fever on their recent journey to Cambodia to perform 60s and 70s Cambodian rock n' roll in the country where it was created and very nearly destroyed. The odyssey is a homecoming for singer Chhom Nimol and a transformation for the rest of the band as they perform with master musicians and record new songs along the way.
Spiro are this month's artists on the Real World curated Bowers and Wilkins Music Club. You can see them here talking about recording the project at Real World Studios, with an introduction from Peter Gabriel. Catch them this month at The Music Club, live at The Bell in Bath on Monday 30th March, at upcoming festivals - Wychwood and WOMAD Charlton Park and in projects coming soon with Real World Records.
"Spiro are at the forefront of the new wave of inspirational English acoustic music - unique arrangements that transport you into gorgeous landscapes. Essentially English, beautifully brilliant with timeless melodies." Karen Tweed
livinginperu.com has a review and photographs of Box's wandering minstrels from the opening concert of their tour.
"Every concert is different depending on the audience, and as Peter Gabriel took his bows, it was clear that the palpable Peruvian energy had once again worked its magic..."
Daby Touré brought his energetic live show to London's Jazz Cafe on Wednesday night where he was joined by the legendary Skip 'Little Axe' McDonald.
Daby's live dates come highly recommended, as does his recent collaborative project with Skip. If you are in the South West of England you can catch Daby this weekend in Bristol.
An exciting new discovery for us has been the Chinese singer Mamer. Introduced to us by English producers Robin Haller and Matteo Scumaci, Mamer is a cult figure at home, an underground hero playing venues of Beijing's leftfield music scene. His debut album 'Eagle' is haunting, lyrical, ambient and subtle - a modern soundtrack to the wild open Kazak grasslands.
There is a touch of the renegade spirit here - of everyone from The Flying Burrito Brothers to The Velvet Underground and Nick Cave. Here are traditional Kazak folk songs and Mamer's own compositions, and guests including Grammy winner Bela Fleck (on a Chinagrass duelling-banjos-style duet) and the late, great French producer Hector Zazou.
Mamer is revitalising the ancient songs and instruments of his heritage in windblown western China, with an alt-country aesthetic.
As a special offer, available only from our online shop, we are giving away a download of a track not available on the final album, 'Proverbs' (Hector Zazou remix) to anyone who pre-orders the album.
Daby Touré will be playing a stripped down high energy acoustic slot on Saturday 28th March at Hyde Park as part of the Put People First march in London that day. Thousands of people will be taking part in the march ahead of the G20 summit on the global financial crisis. The march will end at Hyde Park where various artists including Daby Touré will be playing.
WITNESS has been collecting signatures on a petition asking Mexico's President Calderon to resolve the disappearances and murders of hundreds of women on the Mexico / U.S. border. Put your signature on the petition that Peter will deliver to the Mexican government on March 27th. Please sign it if you haven't already and send to your friends asking them to do the same. We only have until March 27th to grow this petition!