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Daby Touré and Skip McDonald - Together For The First Time

Daby Touré and Skip McDonald are seen here during an impromptu performance in The Wood Room at Real World Studios. This was the first time we had seen them perform together, a totally spontaneous meeting of two musicians and an unrehearsed rendition of 'Baye' from Daby's 'Stereo Spirit' release.

As Skip later said, "To meet a brother like this..." He shakes his head. "It's a rare, rare thing." Their collaboration continues to grow, first with a release through The B&W Music Club, then with 'Call My Name', now available for pre-order on Real World Records.

Published 25th Feb 2009 »

The deep roots of African music nourish the raw electric groove of rock and roll

Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara are on the bill for both WOMADelaide and WOMAD New Zealand next month. You can get an early taste of their music with the Afrobilly Sessions, this month's release on the Real World curated Bowers & Wilkins Music Club. Sign-up for the free CD quality EP download, or join to download the full album each month.

The Afrobilly Sessions, the new sound of Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara. It is the sound of a nation with no borders - a place that needs no passport, no visa. The deep roots of African music nourish the raw electric groove of rock and roll, Gnawa spirit rhythms come up against Chicago distortion and snaky N'awlins rhythm has a West London howl, and a Sahel Wail.

You'll be hearing more from Justin and Juldeh with a release on Real World Records slated for May 7th.

Published 23rd Feb 2009 »

Dengue Fever to create a Lost World at San Francisco Film Festival

Dengue Fever playing a live soundtrack for The Lost World, the 1925 film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's dino-sci classic, when it screens this May at the San Francisco Film Festival.

Singer Chhom Nimol is pictured here during rehearsals for their recent performance in The Big Room at Real World Studios.

Published 20th Feb 2009 »

Call My Name released 9th March 2009

Real World Records is proud to announce the release of the new collaborative mini-album by Daby Toure and Skip McDonald on 9th March entitled 'Call My Name'. Daby Toure is a well established Real World artist with two albums released on the label, 'Diam' and 'Stereo Spirit'. Skip McDonald, an old-school bluesman from Dayton, Ohio is the driving force behind Little Axe, also with 2 albums on Real World Records,'Champagne and Grits' and 'Stone Cold Ohio'.

Having met and jammed one night at Real World they kept on meeting up and jamming at various festivals around the world. A recorded collaboration was inevitable and this is the result, a joyous 6-track mini album that captures the spirit of that union.

Daby Touré will be touring throughout March and April in Europe with dates in the UK between 12th and 21st of March. Daby will be joined by Skip on selected dates. Please see our tour dates page for further details.

The mini-album will be released physically in the UK and selected European territories and digitally across the globe on March 9th.

Published 13th Feb 2009 »

Dub Colossus News!

The album 'A Town Called Addis' by Dub Colossus will be number 1 in next months' World Music Chart Europe. The album, released on Real World Records last October is continuing to pick up acclaim and momentum into 2009!

Also Radio New Zealand National and their Music 101 Team have featured the band in their round-up of 2008's best releases. The track 'Azmari Dub' is featured as one of their favourites of the year.

The band will be organising live dates across Europe throughout the summer so watch this space for updates!

Published 2nd Feb 2009 »

Music Club sightings

This picture of one of Dengue Fever's guitars, captured earlier in the year as they recorded a Real World for a forthcoming Bowers & Wilkins Music Club release, seemed to want to find it's way out into the world today. The image of Barack Obama by Shepard Fairey has become a common sight since it's appearance here back in August.

Just launched on The Music Club is the Portico Quartet's 'Black and White Sessions' - they come highly recommended with their recent Mercury nomination. All you have to do is sign-up to get the first three tracks for free.

Published 21st Jan 2009 »

The Blind Boys of Alabama, Joi and Remmy Ongala featured in the book 1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die.

"1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die" by Tom Moon is a new book which features all kinds of musical styles and artists, from classical, pop and rock, to soul and to of course world music. It is a book which will lead the reader down previously unexplored musical avenues and open the listener's ears to albums that they may never have come across before.

The book features three albums recorded by Real World artists; The Blind Boys of Alabama with their 2001 album "Spirit of the Century", Joi and their album "We Are Three" and Remmy Ongala and and Orchestre Super Matimila's album "Songs For the Poor Man".

The 2001 album "Spirit of the Century" by The Blind Boys of Alabama is regarded as a modern classic and features an extraordinary array of musical talent including the legendary Danny Thompson on double bass, David Lindley on slide guitar, Charlie Musslewhite on harmonica and of course not forgetting the inimitable vocals of The Blind Boys themselves. As well as fantastic versions of Gospel standards, the record features covers of songs by artists such as Tom Waits, Ben Harper and The Rolling Stones.

Joi's "We Are Three" from 2000 is an album that journeys into Bengali based grooves fused with dance music taking live instrumentation such as sitars, vocals and flutes and expertly integrating them with Western dance aesthetics.

Remmy Ongala and Orchestre Super Matimala's album "Songs For the Poor Man" was one of the earliest Real World Records releases, being the 6th release back in 1989. The music is a blend of Congolese, Tanzanian and Kenyan music with beautiful guitar lines with Remmy's soulful voice. It has since become a classic of world music and Remmy (who was already a household name in his native Tanzania) was soon exposed to a worldwide audience.

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Published 5th Jan 2009 »

The Bairns Number 1 in WNYC's Top 10 of 2008.

New York Public Radio Station WNYC have voted Rachel Unthank and The Winterset's album "The Bairns" number 1 in their Top 10 albums of 2008.

Also, Rachel Unthank and the Winterset will be guests on Radcliffe and Maconie's Christmas Special which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 at 8'o clock in the evening of the 23rd December.

To see the article and the full list please follow the link below

Published 22nd Dec 2008 »

Last minute of the year?

Why not bring some instant Christmas cheer into the world by download the best Christmas album around. Hear it in the best possible quality by downloading in 'Apple Lossless' format, or go for smaller download of our 320 Kbps MP3 version. Both versions are only £5.99 from our store.

The London Times said...Pop CD of the week

...a great band, way-above-average guest contributions (from Solomon Burke, Tom Waits and Shelby Lynne, among others) and, obviously, the impeccable vocals of The Blind Boys of Alabama... Chrissie Hynde's In The Bleak Midwinter is lifted by a subtle guitar part from Richard Thompson; Aaron Neville's sweet lead floats above the Blind Boys' robust backing on Joy To The World; and it's no surprise that Mavis Staples's contribution, a barnstorming run through Born in Bethlehem, is the highlight of the album. A law should be passed forcing anyone who plays one of Cliff's Christmas ditties to play this immediately afterwards.

Published 18th Dec 2008 »

The Imagined Village on The World Radio Show in the USA

Marco Werman's THE WORLD program, a joint production of BBC and National Public Radio flagship station WGBH/Boston, is this very minute airing his focus piece on The Imagined Village. The piece features clips of songs from The Imagined Village album (including John Barleycorn) as well as notable mentions for many of the groups members.

To have a listen please follow the links below:

Published 8th Dec 2008 »

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