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
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
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.
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 OMare
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
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 Saiid
16 Geoffrey Oryema The River
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. "
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."
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.
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.
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!