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The Imagined Village on Later with Jools Holland

The Imagined Village band recently recorded 'Cold Haily Rainy Night' at the BBC studios for this Friday's episode of Later with Jools Holland. The energetic live performance lasts well over 6 minutes, which is apparently something of a rarity on the show. The full touring line up, including The Young Coppers on backing vocals, perform a rousing rendition of this award winning version.

The show goes out this Friday night at 11.35 on BBC2.

Published 14th Feb 2008, 12:55pm »

Joi nominated for UK AMA award

Joi have been nominated in the category of 'Best Asian Underground Act' for the 2008 UK Asian Music Awards.

Voting is already underway on the UK AMA website, so don't hestitate to vist the site and show your support for Joi. The nominees will be reduced to two from four when the web voting finishes in a couple of weeks time.

This is not the first time Joi have been recognised at the UK AMA. Farook from Joi won the award for 'Commitment to the Scene' at the 2006 awards.

The awards will take place at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall on Thursday 6th March 2008. Music from Joi's album 'Without Zero' will be played throughout the event when the winners walk to collect their awards.

Published 13th Feb 2008, 2:27pm »

The Imagined Village Take the Prize!

Last night The Imagined Village opened the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ceremony with an outstanding performance of Cold Haily Rainy Night. It was this unique and hugely entertaining version of this song that then took the Award for Best Traditional Song. A packed crowd of folk luminaries at The Brewery in London gave The Imagined Village a standing ovation. The song celebrates a new expression of English folk that can embrace dhol drums and sitar alongside less unexpected instrumentation. You can catch up with news of the evening by clicking the link below.
Listen to the Awards ceremony on BBC radio 2's Mike Harding show on Wednesday 6 February.

Published 5th Feb 2008, 12:59pm »

Peter Gabriel Honored With MIDEM Award

Peter Gabriel was honored with the Award of MIDEM Personality of the Year 2008 at the industry conference in Cannes and the event was celebrated at a fantastic gala evening. Guests from all areas of the international music industry gathered in the Carlton Hotel for a banquet supper. Music was provided by Real World artists The Imagined Village who performed an outstanding and energetic version of Tam Lyn from their recent album (in spite of arriving with little time to spare from a foggy London Heathrow airport and a day of cancelled flights!). Maryam Mursal, the legendary Somali diva sang one of Peter's best loved songs, Kufilaw, from the Real World album 'The Journey' while Peter managed to maneuver himself onto the stage (in spite of his broken leg!) and join in with backing vocals and banging his crutches overhead to the amazement of the audience! Charlie Winston ended the showcase with a rousing 'Hobo' - another of Peter's favorite songs - and lead a trail like a troubadour through the audience and out of the banqueting hall. A pretty unforgettable evening!

Published 1st Feb 2008, 9:33pm »

Real World Finds A New Home in the USA With Ryko

Ryko Distribution and Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records have now announced a U.S. distribution agreement for the label’s entire catalog and future
recordings. As part of the agreement, Ryko will handle digital and physical distribution of Real
World’s catalog and will re-issue many of the label’s back catalog titles with new packaging, and
in some cases, with exclusive bonus material.

In making the announcement, Jim Cuomo, President of Ryko Distribution states, “Joining forces with Real World is a perfect complement to the artist-driven focus we have at Ryko and will enable us to reinforce Real World’s stature as the standard bearer in World Music. We have shared and applauded Peter’s vision over many years and are both thrilled and excited to be able to contribute to Real World’s ongoing success.”

Gabriel adds, “The music on Real World is very precious to us, so we wanted to find a great home in America. We are delighted to have all our artists welcomed and look forward to building something special together.”

“Like so many, I have a profound admiration for Peter as a musician and artist, as well as a deep respect for the innovative and influential label he started nearly two decades ago,” says John Esposito, President and CEO of WEA Corp., who oversees Warner Music Group’s U.S distribution companies, including Ryko. “Real World’s impressive catalog is a true cultural gem and we will look forward to applying the resources of Ryko and WMG to assure it is treated with the care and dedication it deserves.”

Real World’s first project under the new agreement teams Gabriel and Karl Wallinger (The Waterboys, World Party), who oversaw a new album called Big Blue Ball. The album has been 16 years in the making and began in 1991 during a “Recording Week” at Real World Studios when Gabriel opened its doors for the week to 75 international artists from over 20 countries.

The project is filled with several unique and unexpected collaborations.

The first single from the Big Blue Ball project, “Whole Thing,” is available now exclusively on
iTunes. The song features Gabriel on lead vocal and keyboards, Tim Finn (Crowded House) and Andy White (ALT) on backing vocals, Karl Wallinger and Paul Allen on guitar, and Francis Bebey, the legendary cultural icon of Cameroon, on flute.

Published 1st Feb 2008, 9:12pm »

Little Axe on tour with Bad Dog and Tackhead

Skip 'Little Axe' McDonald is set to head off to Germany for a remarkable European tour starting in Stuttgart on January 24. The tour will be headlined by Bernard Fowler's Bad Dog and also features Little Axe and the other original Tackhead musicians, Doug Wimbish and Keith Leblanc.

Most of the shows will be in Germany and Austria but the tour will also visit Italy, France and The Netherlands, with an exclusive show for France in New Morning, Paris and for The Netherlands in Effenaar, Eindhoven.

This promises to be a rare treat for fans of this unique collective of musicians. Visit the tours section of this site for full venue details.

Published 10th Jan 2008, 3:58pm »

BBC World Service celebrates anniversary with Real World artists

The 75th anniversary celebrations of the BBC World Service come to a head in Greenwich last Saturday with a live concert at the Indigo2.

Real World Records artists Daby Touré and Toumast were part of the eclectic line-up, which also featured Squeeze, Yunasi, Katie Melua and Carbon Silicon.

An audience of around 2000 invited guests were treated to a 3 hour musical trip around the world presented by Radio 4’s Mark Coles. Click the link below to listen to the concert in full on the BBC website.

Published 20th Dec 2007, 5:00pm »

The Imagined Village on the Charles Hazelwood show

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

Published 20th Dec 2007, 2:09pm »

Joi on REPRODUCED with Bobby Friction

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

Published 12th Dec 2007, 12:20pm »

'Long Way Down' released

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 ‘O’Mare’
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 Sai’id’
16 Geoffrey Oryema ‘The River’

Published 3rd Dec 2007, 6:31pm »

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