Celts, was released this week in America, with press and radio both taking
The albums 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 weeks CMJ calls Seed an example of what can happen when
cultural borders are crossed, and borders erased. Seed supports the
universal truism that theres more to be gained by unity than division.
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 www.amadeus-award.at
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 Sevaras 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
Pina's brand new album will be released with Real World Records on 29th April 2002.
It's already recieved great reviews, and we have a great feature too! You can listen to an album track, download free desktop wallpaper, grab a free MP3, watch Pina's performance at the Shepherds Bush Empire, read her own road diary, and much more.
February 3 sees the release of ADFs new album Enemy of the Enemy
Asian Dub Foundation are 21st century MIDI warriors. Their distinctive sound is a combination of hard ragga-jungle rhythms, indo-dub basslines, searing sitar- inspired guitars and 'traditional' sounds gleaned from their parents' record collections, shot through with fast-chat conscious lyrics.
The beginning of 2002 saw long-time inspiration Adrian Sherwood come on board as executive producer of the new album, restoring focus to a project slightly derailed by the swapping of labels. Sherwood, amongst other things, brought in new producers/programmers such as Jaswad to contemporise some of the beats and sounds.
In the bands own words. Sonic: Adrian Sherwood is a hero for this band. Dr Das: Adrian was the first one to put the noise in dub. It seemed appropriate that he should come aboard. I really believe that ADF write good songs, and play great gigs, but even after seven years, we still had something to learn about controlling the mix. Were much more disciplined in the studio these days. Sonic: Making this record was a real pleasure. Its not always been that way.... Adrian took the tracks a long way, a lot further than we had initially imagined. And thats great. For example: 1000 Mirrors started off sounding more some kind of Hollywood cocktail music (laughs); Adrian took it into some heavy dub territory.
...the addition of Adrian Sherwood as a sort of sonic overseer is a master stroke; he does for ADF what the Bomb Squad did for Public Enemy
(The Independent, London 31.01.2003)
Check out the website : http://www.asiandubfoundation.com/
Sherwood will be supporting ADF at the Shepherds Bush Empire, London on February 21. Other support dates will follow in Germany and Japan.
Sherwoods first solo album Never Trust A Hippy will be released on Real World on February14 (Japan), 24 (Europe) and 25 (USA). Watch out for the launch of his website http://www.realworldrecords.com/ntah
The Afro-Celt Sound System has finalized the details of its fourth Real World Records album. "Seed," due for release on March 25, is the group's first release to be put out under the streamlined name the Afro Celts, and will feature guest performances from experimental bassist Jah Wobble, Irish fiddler Eileen Ivers, and flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook, among others.
"Seed" finds the genre-jumping collective further exploring acoustic and organic instrumentation. The 10-track set was recorded at their newly occupied home studio of Britannia Row in London (Pink Floyds old home) with key members Simon Emmerson (guitar), James McNally (keyboards), Iarla O'Lionaird (vocals), and Martin Russell (keyboards, programming), yet as is the group's norm, their is whole selection of guests on each track. Irish singer Mundy, and backing vocalists Valerie Etienne and Michelle John-Douglas (Ms. Dynamite) are among the higher-profile contributors.
The Afro Celts will be touring in Europe and the USA over the spring and summer. Iarla O'Lionaird is due to perform in March at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.
"We mixed and arranged the record as we would play it live,"
says Simon Emmerson. "It's taken seven years of gigging to get here and develop a
musical language of our own. It's very hard to listen to our music and say
what genre it fits in. It's just Afro Celts."
The Afro Celt Sound System have won the BBC Radio 3 Listeners Poll Award and made a surprise finale appearance at the awards ceremony in London last night.