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Iarla takes up new residency

Afro Celts frontman Iarla O Lionaird has been made sean-nos Singer-in-Residence at The Irish World Heritage Centre at the University of Limerick. Iarla is using the opportunity to complete the centre's MA in Ethnomusicology.

Published 23rd Apr 2003 »

Yungchen Lhamo BBC2 Special 19th April

On Easter Saturday 19th April Yungchen Lhamo is performing two songs as part of a Lesliey Garrett TV special "Sacred Songs" to be shown on BBC 2 at 8 o'clock. Along with other guests Baaba Maal will also be appearing.

Published 16th Apr 2003 »

I Loved The Way makes it into the movies

Pina's track 'I Loved The Way' is in an Italian film called 'Dillo Con Parole Mie' (Say It With Words) which is about a group of young Italian adults who go on holiday to Greece, and the resulting love affairs and post adolescent complications they encounter during their stay. The track will also appear in the French film 'Ta Soeur', directed by Martin Valente.

Pina is currently working on her next album.

Published 14th Apr 2003 »

Sevara to support Peter Gabriel on European tour dates

Uzbek singing star Sevara Nazarkhan has been invited to perform as support for Peter Gabriel on a selection of his European dates in France , Germany and Spain. She will be performing with a five piece band including the master musician Toir Kuziyev on doutar (long necked ‘oud) who is also featured on her album. Following the outstanding critical acclaim to her album ‘Yol Bolsin’ these concerts will be the first opportunity for audiences in these countries to see Sevara live. The list of dates can be found under Tour Dates.

Published 11th Apr 2003 »


‘Seed’ the fourth album by Real World flagship recording artists the Afro
Celts, was released this week in America, with press and radio both taking

The album’s first single “Rise Above It” was #1 most added at AAA radio this
week (according to three industry tracking publications: R&R, The Network,
FMQB), with influential stations such as KCRW in Los Angeles, WXPN in
Philadelphia, and WRLT in Nashville among those who are spinning the song.

Meanwhile, NY Newsday recently called ‘Seed’ “a swirl of sounds - from Irish
pipes, to the African kora harp-lute to flamenco to the Indian dohl drum.”
And this week’s CMJ calls ‘Seed’ “an example of what can happen when
cultural borders are crossed, and borders erased. ‘Seed’ supports the
universal truism that there’s more to be gained by unity than division.”

Published 28th Mar 2003 »

New Video & Audio on Afro Celts Web page

New videos and audio have been added to the Afro Clets website. Included is a stream of the new album, Master at Work remix of Release and the Rae and Christian remix of Persistence of Memory.

Published 28th Mar 2003 »

Congratulations to Pina

Pina's album 'Quick Look' has received two nominations for the Amadeus Austrian Music Awards 2003 (Austro-Grammy) in the categories Newcomer and National Female Pop/Rock. The Awards ceremony takes place on 7th May. For details of other national and international nominees go to

Published 27th Mar 2003 »

Yungchen Lhamo appearing in BBC 1 UK TV Special

On Easter Saturday 19th April Yungchen Lhamo is performing two songs as part of a Lesliey Garrett TV special "Sacred Songs" to be shown on BBC 2 at 8 o'clock. Along with other guests Baaba Maal will also be appearing.

Published 26th Mar 2003 »

Joi on BBC Radio 3

Farook did an 20 minute improvised session today, with Trilok Gurtu ( some of which will appear as part of a program on Trilok) that will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Thursday 27 March 03 @7.30pm

Published 24th Mar 2003 »

Sevara Nazarkhan

Sevara Nazarkhan has been in London recently causing an excitable storm amongst press and radio stations. Her extraordinary live performances on air have intrigued and delighted all who hear them. Charlie Gillet, who has one of the most popular world music radio shows on BBC London, was overwhelmed by the positive response following Sevara’s appearance on his show:

““At exactly 9.20 pm on Saturday evening, all across London conversations paused, plates ceased rattling in kitchen sinks and small children mysteriously stopped crying. Sevara Nazarkhan told us her song 'Gazli' was about big love in the city, which gave us a clue, but who explain the extraordinary impact of this woman singing words we don't understand?

Accompanying herself on her doutar (a long, thin-necked, two-stringed instrument unique to Uzbekistan), Sevara gave us acoustic versions of two songs which have much fuller production (from Hector Zazou) on her new Real World album, Yol Bolsin. With a beguiling and mischievous presence to enhance her touching voice, Sevara will be back later this year for concert dates in London and at WOMAD, Reading. It feels safe to predict that she might be among the nominations at next year's Awards for World Music.”

For listeners who missed this performance Sevara will be playing live
on Late Junction (BBC Radio 3) on Tuesday 11 March. The programme starts at

Published 10th Mar 2003 »