Eric Bibb / Charlie Musselwhite + special guests Odetta & Martin Simpson
Friday 4 June 7.30pm, Barbican Centre
Four very different but extraordinary blues artists explore the roots that inextricably bind their music. Silky voiced Eric Bibb's take on laidback acoustic blues combines with blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite's Chicago/urban blues, Odetta's folk-blues and Martin Simpson's steel string acoustic guitar sound.
Real World are delighted to announce the signing of Los Angeles Afro-Latin-and-beyond nine strong crew, Ozomatli, and will be releasing the new album 'Street Signs' on 22 June.
"With artists as self-consciously polymorphous as Ozomatli - descriptions of the group usually bear more hyphens than there are band members - songs can easily devolve into genre exercises. The L.A. nonet were guilty of just that on their first two albums, carefully repping each far-flung constituency - hip-hoppers, Chicanos, salseros, funksters, turntablists, and then some - in their multicultural vibe. Finally, with the third try, Ozo get it oh-so-right and achieve the suppleness and grace of their stylistic forebears War and Mandrill. (After all, those '70s Latin rock bands were just as musically and ethnically diverse without writing songs about it.) Street Signs shows a band that's shed their puppy-dog need to impress, and that focus is beneficial throughout. The focus of the title track - sampled piano licks quoting the salsa classic "El Preso," handclaps, and hip-hop beats - get the job done, delivering a solid progressive rap winner. The closer, "Cuando Canto," is an old-school, harmony-laden ballad that soars with unabashed love for East L.A. "brown-eyed soul." Even as the arrangements get more ambitious, as on the opener, "Believe," which matches Arabic strings with dancehall rhythms and psychedelic guitar, Ozo keep the emphasis on the songs. That's the most rewarding development on Street Signs : the band deliver their radical politics with fervor and clarity, especially on the searing "(Who Discovered) America?" and "Who's to Blame," featuring Jurassic 5 rapper Chali 2na. Guests ranging from piano maestro Eddie Palmieri to Los Lobos' David Hidalgo to turntablist (and Ozo founder) Cut Chemist sweeten the pot, but the real spice comes from Ozomatli themselves on this powerfully realized statement." Mark Schwartz - Barnes and Noble
Daby Toure, or just 'Daby' as he's known in the world of music, grew up in southern Mauritania, an arid land where the sands of the Sahara mingle with the grasses and stunted trees of the sahel, and where the Arabic and Moorish cultures of North Africa blend into the many distinct cultures of black west Africa. Like all young Africans, Daby soaked up the melodies and rhythms of his Soninke people without thought or effort. But from an early age, after falling in love with bands like The Police and Michael Jackson, he knew that he wanted to create his own music and move beyond the cosy limits of his people's musical traditions.
In 1989 Daby's father Hamidou Toure, a doctor and amateur musician, was called to Paris to join Toure Kunda, a seminal group in the history of world music and the African scene in Paris. Hamidou sold his house to pay for his son's ticket. The young Daby was intoxicated by the musical riches he found in the French capital, especially the leftfield jazz scene, and he soon became involved in several groups, eventually teaming up with his cousin Omar to form Toure Toure. Despite objections from his father, who feared the hardships that a musical career might heap on his son, Daby relentlessly pursued the grail of a new Afro-centric pop sound. After disbanding Toure Toure, Daby locked himself away for several years to work on his first solo album 'Diam', collaborating with electronic musician and digital wizard Cyrille Dufay. Daby may be proud of his African roots but he values creative freedom above all else, and shuns any obligation to be more 'African' than his heart and soul tell him to be. 'Diam' is a superbly-crafted contemporary pop record, that blend the sounds of Africa, Paris and international pop in equal measure. After being touted to almost every single record label in France, 'Diam' eventually found its way to the offices of Real World Records, who are releasing it worldwide.
The new album 'Diam' will be released on Real World Records, distributed by Virgin/EMI
www.realworldrecords.com/dabytoure (coming Soon)
Daby is seen here giving an intimate performance at Real World Studios.
The first ever EMMA (Ethnic Multicultural Media Award)s were held on the 14th May 1998 at the Dorchester Hotel, London. The Awards were established as an independent political initiative, with no hidden commercial agenda or political strings attached. Even after four years of remarkable growth and success, maintaining its independence still remains a priority for EMMA.
Today, the Awards are appreciated as an important statement for Britain's ethnically varied society, raising universal awareness of the valuable contribution made by individuals and organisations from around the world to the most powerful industry in the western hemisphere: The Media.
This year Real World artist Daúde has been nominated for a 2004 EMMA in the Best World Music Act and you can support this extraordinary artist by voting for her.
The EMMA Awards can be seen on BBC 2 on Sunday 30 May at 10.45
Afro Celts are performing at the Fáilte Session in Dublin, a celebration of the 10 new countries joining the EU.
The Fáilte Session is a 40 minute programme of music, readings and performance to be broadcast on the evening of the Day of Welcomes, 1st May 2004. Some of Irelands best traditional musicians are joined by their counterparts from the 10 accession countries in a musical celebration with readings by special guests on the theme of welcome.
The Afro Celts will perform 2 songs, Lagan and Collossuss, at the start and end of the programme.
May 1st 2004 is the day when 75 million people in Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia, join the E.U.
The show will be broadcast from the Great Hall of the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham in front of an audience of 250 invited guests from the communities in Ireland of the 10 new countries.
Joining the Afro Celts will be The Chieftains,
Sharon Shannon, Musicians from Accession States, Balor Dance Group and Rita Ann Higgins .
IS TAKING OVER THE AMERICAN RADIO AIRWAVES AND CONCERT HALLS THIS SPRING:
Will perform on ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live April 12
Interview/performance segments to air on
World Cafe, Mountain Stage, E-Town and WFUV
Spring 2004 tour dates announced
If you have not yet listened to SANCTUARY, the powerful new album from American music icon Charlie Musselwhite out April 6 on Real World/Narada, you need to right away...its Charlie at his darkest hour yet. Musselwhite, who has recorded with everyone from Bonnie Raitt to INXS to Eliades Ochoa of Buena Vista Social Club, finds new company with friends Ben Harper and The Blind Boys of Alabama, and a superb guest band featuring Charlie Sexton, Michael Jerome and Jared Nickerson, who together revamp and ignite the soul of the blues.
Jon Pareles of the NEW YORK TIMES highlighted SANCTUARY in his April 4 Playlist, writing, From his Mississippi birthplace to Memphis to Chicago, Charlie Musselwhite has soaked up the blues in the right places and eras, and his harmonica playing has been respected since the 1960's. "Sanctuary" (Real World) pays equal attention to Mr. Musselwhite's modest, lived-in voice and a selection of songs that probes the blues' existential lessons about loss, wandering and death... a lean, bluesy backup group that brings out both Mr. Musselwhite's roots and his unfinished search. Respected blues critic Jeff Johnson of the Chicago Sun Times wrote: Once every few years, a blues album comes along that's so overwhelmingly powerful, so moving that it transcends the genre and gains across-the-board acclaim. Harmonica great Charlie Musselwhite's first album for Peter Gabriel's Real World label, "Sanctuary," refutes any critic who dares to say they don't write great blues songs anymore. (4/4/04)
On the heels of amazing early radio success--Musselwhites rousing duet with Ben Harper on a new version of Homeless Child is already tearing up the radio charts, coming in at #2 most added at triple A in the country-- Charlie will unleash his strong new material with several upcoming national TV and radio performances.
Musselwhite also has a 20-city Spring US tour that includes a performance at the WC Handy Awards in Memphis on April 29, where he has been nominated again for Best Harmonica Player (he has won 14 Handy awards in total).
Sirius Satellite Radio - April 5
WFUV Radio Charlie Musselwhite Day - April 6
ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live - April 12
PRI World Cafe - April 15
NPR Mountain Stage - April 23
House of Blues Radio - May 1-2
E-Town - April 28
On Sunday 21 March The Blind Boys of Alabama will join Solomon Burke to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of his ordination ino the Church of the Nazarene in Pasadina. The congragation will join this old-style revivalist meeting and musical event in the church where Burke began as a child preacher.
The 2004 awards culminated in a fantastic concert at Usher Hall in Edinburgh on 9th March. Award winners including Rokia Traore, Daara j, DJ Dolores, Kazem Al Sahir, Ojos de Brujo and Real World's Sevara Nazarkhan put on an incredible performance to an enthusiastic packed house. If you weren't able to make the concert, you can watch it online at the first address link below:
You can also browse the BBC's online gallery for some great photos from the event: at the second address below;