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Charlie Winston to play London show with full live band

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Charlie Winston is set to play his first UK show of the year with a full live band.  Catch Charlie’s beatboxing and quirky instrumentation skills live on stage at The Scala, London on the 13th March.  Tickets go on sale this Friday at 9.00am via the link below..

Buy tickets here

Pre order ‘Running Still’ (Out 28 Jan UK & 29th Jan US)

Published 23rd Jan 2013, 12:35pm »

Recording 'Santiman', the new album from The Creole Choir of Cuba

This short film gives a window into the recording of The Creole Choir of Cuba’s new album Santiman at Real World Studios.  Santiman is released on Feb 11 (UK) / Feb 12th (US).

Freedom songs passed down through generations of Haitian emigrants in Cuba are brought to life with vibrant harmonies, lilting melodies and rich, deep Caribbean rhythms.

Discover more about ‘Santiman’

Pre order now

Published 21st Jan 2013, 9:42pm »

Download an exclusive version of 'Lift Me Gently' by Charlie Winston

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In advance of the release of Charlie Winston’s Running Still in the UK and US next week, we are giving away an exclusive version of one of the album’s stand out tracks - the poignant and touching ‘Lift Me Gently’.

Download the track now

Published 21st Jan 2013, 2:48pm »

Real World Records label Spotlight on Google Play (US)

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Check out the Real World Records label Spotlight over on Google Play (US).  Follow the link below to learn more about the rich history of our label and listen to a playlist of songs taken from selected titles in our catalogue.

"It’s almost impossible to imagine world music without Real World. The legendary record label didn’t invent the global music traditions it promotes, of course, or even the history of appreciating them from afar. But what Real World did do was create a cutting-edge studio and label, then invited musicians from around the world to record and share their cultural heritages with a larger audience. Over the years this has included greats like India’s Shiv kumar Sharma, Democratic Republic of Congo’s Papa Wemba and China’s Guo Brothers, among dozens of others.”

Real World Record’s Spotlight on Google Play

Published 16th Jan 2013, 11:27am »

Coming soon... The Creole Choir of Cuba 'Santiman' out 12th February

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Listen to a track from Santiman, the highly anticipated new album from The Creole Choir of Cuba. Freedom songs, passed down through generations of Haitian emigrants in Cuba, are brought to life with the Choir’s vibrant harmonies, lilting melodies and rich, deep Caribbean rhythms.

Discover more about ‘Santiman’

Published 10th Jan 2013, 10:40am 2 notes on Tumblr »

Charlie Winston live in London tonight

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To celebrate the launch of the album Charlie Winston’s new album Running Still he will be playing a very intimate acoustic set in London tonight (9th Jan). Head down to The Elgin on Ladbroke Grove at 9.30pm to see him play for free.

Charlie is also Robert Elms’ guest on BBC Radio London 94.9 today. Tune in and listen to live chat about Running Still, and an acoustic session at around 2.15pm.

Listen live on the BBC website

Published 9th Jan 2013, 10:38am »

CBC World Music talks to Yungchen Lhamo

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In the final installment of their six-part series celebrating Real World Gold, CBC World Music talk to Yungchen Lhamo, a singer who fled Tibet to make her way in the West.

"When Yungchen Lhamo fled her homeland of Tibet in 1989, on foot over the Himalayas with her baby son strapped to her back, all she thought about was surviving the pilgrimage to Dharamsala, India, where the Dalai Lama heads the Tibetan government in exile. She never planned a future that would involve her pairing Buddhist prayers with music, signing to Real World Records and touring the world as a devotional singer. She didn’t know Peter Gabriel from Billy Corgan, but more than two decades later, Lhamo has collaborated with both.”

Read the full interview

Published 21st Dec 2012, 10:46am »

CBC Music talks to Thomas Mapfumo 'The Lion of Zimbabwe'

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CBC World Music continue their weekly series with an interview with Thomas Maptumo, Zimbabwe’s greatest living musician, in a minor key. 

"Depending on the source, Thomas Mapfumo is either a folk hero making music for the people of his beloved Zimbabwe or a coward who criticizes from afar. However, there’s no disputing the power of his Chimurenga music. It’s a phrase Mapfumo coined from the Shona word “struggle,” and speaks to the challenges of the poorest Zimbabweans under the repressive brutality of their president, Robert Mugabe, in power since 1987."

Read the full interview

Published 14th Dec 2012, 5:22pm »

Portico album makes Crack Magazine's number 3 of 2012

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Influential taste-makers Crack Magazine rate Portico Quartet’s album at number 3 in their top 100 of the year.

"Jazz-techno anyone? If there was a glorious success in changing direction this year, the stars of Crack’s third birthday bash were your men. Self-titled, self-assured and layered with swathes of sonic experimentation it stood out a mile. Less focused on the hang-drum that defined previous releases, the minimal sparse approach and killer production quality left an indelible mark on our listening. The most contemporary record of the year if not the most intricate the electronic change of direction heralded infinite new possibilities for one of the UK’s most distinctive acts". (Thomas Frost in Crack Magazine)

See the full Top 100 Albums on their website

Published 14th Dec 2012, 11:41am »

The Blind Boys of Alabama Introduce 'Go Tell It On The Mountain'

The legendary Blind Boys of Alabama give us the perfect sparkly seasonal soundtrack.  There is nothing cliched about this Christmas celebration with an uplifting, heart-felt performance from the octogenarians.  The serious icing on the cake is the outstanding selection of guests from the late Solomon Burke to Tom Waits, Mavis Staples to Chrissie Hynde.  Released in 2003 this album continues to be a perennial yuletide favourite.

Discover more about ‘Go Tell It On A Mountain’

Buy ‘Go Tell It On A Mountain’ on Amazon

Published 13th Dec 2012, 5:54pm »