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Catch Farook on the BBC Asian Chart Show

You can listen to Farook Shamsher aka Joi discussing his new album 'Without Zero' on the BBC Asian Network's chart show with Ravi Sagoo at 1.30 on Saturday 20 January (UK time).

The album is already causing a real stir on radio across the UK - find out why!

Published 19th Jan 2007, 10:04am »

Sacred Music from Yungchen Lhamo

In June 2006 Yungchen Lhamo performed at the Festival of Sacred Music of Fes. You can watch her exquisite performance and hear an interview where Yungchen Lhamo expresses her philosophy and the relevance of her Buddest faith in the modern world.
The video is on the Mondomix world music magazine online website.

Published 17th Jan 2007, 5:57pm »

Joi In the Area!

Coming soon - the latest creative offering from the mystical maestros, the Eastern experimentalists! Joi are in the area with a new album on Real World Records.

Having blazed a trail in the mid Eighties with their DJ-led mix of brittle breakbeats and flowing Eastern grooves – a trail that the so-called ‘Asian Underground’ followed in droves – this British Asian collective released two compelling, intelligent albums, 1999’s One and One Is One and 2002’s We Are Three. Celebratory and devotional, progressive and respectful, laden with different emotions yet bound by a one-love aesthetic, they stole the hearts of critics, clubbers and exemplary music-lovers alike.

Now comes the shamelessly upbeat 'Without Zero'. “There is dance and drama and passion throughout this record. We’ve highlighted Asian culture. We’ve extended our electronic roots. And this time there’s a distinct Arabic influence,” says Farook Shamsheer aka Joi supremo. “Asian music and Arabic music merge beautifully. They’re actually very similar, which people don’t tend to realise, and Joi is about uniting different cultures.”

The UK release date is February 19 but check out the website to hear tracks now!

Published 17th Jan 2007, 2:20pm »

Joi presented with UK Asian Music Award

Some of the biggest stars of the British Asian Music industry from genres as diverse as Bhangra, R&B and Asian underground congregated at London’s Hammersmith Palais on Wednesday 6th December 2006 to celebrate the annual UK Asian Music Awards.

Farook from Joi was presented with the UK AMA for 'Commitment to the Scene' in recognition of his long standing and innovative work. He was delighted with the award and said: “It’s so beautiful to see so many Asian artists committed to the scene, I would never have thought when my brother and I first put out a record 20 years ago, that I’d be standing in front of so many creative Asian people collecting this prestigious award – as a movement moves on, Joi!”

Published 17th Jan 2007, 12:38pm »

Daby Touré's 'Stereo Spirit' is on its way

Daby Touré, African music's young rising star, has been putting the finishing touches to his new album for Real World Records. Mixing the tracks was finished in Paris with Bob Coke (Ben Harper's engineer) in November after which Daby took a month's well earned sabbatical back to his homeland of West Africa. On his return we caught up with Daby on a wet and dreary January day in west London and met at Metropolis Studios where Ian Cooper mastered the CD. Finished at last!

'Stereo Spirit' will be released first in France and Switzerland on February 19 and later in the Spring with a special version for the UK and America.

Daby is proud of his African roots but values creative freedom above all else and stepped beyond his traditional roots to create this superbly-crafted global pop album. His lilting, warm-toned, wide-ranging voice lifts above the layers of sparkling acoustic guitar and detailed percussion. The heart-stopping songs are suffused with tenderness and intimacy. Daby is an outstanding, charismatic performer, his music has a simplicity and soulful nobility capable of crossing any cultural or geographical barriers.

Published 12th Jan 2007, 6:33pm »

Real World's New Year Celtic Party!

Happy New Year!

Don't let the post Christmas dreariness get you down. Join us for a great night in Glasgow on January 31 and chase away the winter blues!

In the wonderful venue of the Old Fruitmarket we will be showcasing some of the most exciting acts on Real World Records. From the tough futuristic dub blues of Little Axe, the gorgeous voice of Sevara Nazarkahn and the charming charismatic Daby Touré plus DJ sets from the Asian fusionist Joi and the legendary Adrian Sherwood.

This is a unique event and our first Real World showcase in Scotland as part of the wonderful Celtic Connections festival.

We'll all be there - hope you can make it too.

Published 3rd Jan 2007, 10:52am »

Win a Bundle of New Year Treats From Real World

If Christmas is the season for giving to others, then give yourself a treat in the New Year!

All you need to do is pick up a copy of the January 07 edition of premier world music magazine Songlines or the key folk/roots journal fRoots and check out the Real World Records competition on the back page. Answering a simple question could win you a copy of every Real World CD released in 2006, Peter Gabriel merchandise, Real World T-shirt, post cards etc.

Published 18th Dec 2006, 3:15pm »

Ding Dong Offers on The Blind Boys Music!

Bring in some festive cheer this season with the heart-warming sound of The Blind Boys of Alabama. The classic Christmas album 'Go Tell It on the Mountain' and the live DVD of their special one-off concert are now available as a pair at a reduced price through our on-line shop! A wonderful gift of soulful, gospel uplifting tunes with a host of special guest performances. Merry Christmas one and all!

Published 10th Dec 2006, 1:13pm »

Charlie Musselwhite nominated for multiple Blues Music Awards

Charlie Musselwhite has been nominated in no less than five categories for the Blues Foundation Awards 2007.

Universally recognized as the highest honor given to Blues artists, the event brings together Blues performers, industry representatives and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year.

Online voting is underway and will continue through February. The winners will be announced at The Blues Music Awards on May 10, 2007, at the Cook Convention in downtown Memphis. Voting and ticket information can be found at

Charlie is nominated in the following categories..

Album of the Year: DELTA HARDWARE
Song of the Year "Church is Out"
Traditional Blues Album of the Year: DELTA HARDWARE
Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year
Instrumentalist of the Year: Harmonica

Published 7th Dec 2006, 12:46pm »

'Becoming a Cliché' - A Q Album of 2006

Coming in at number 90 in the 'Top 100 Greatest Albums of 2006' of Q Magazine is Adrian Sherwood's 'Becoming a Cliché'. An impressive achievement considering that the list starts with the Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Razorlight ...... all the usual mainstream suspects! Number 90 puts Adrian in above Iron Maiden and The Concretes!

Q Magazine describe this latest solo album release of Adrian's as;

'Electrifying dance hall/dub sound clash from still the UK's biggest noise in modern reggae'

Published 1st Dec 2006, 7:34pm »

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