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The Importance Of Being Elegant

Papa Wemba who has made 3 albums for Real World is also well known for his position in the organization known as Le Sape (the Société Des Ambianceurs et Persons Élégants) who invest vast amounts of money on designer clothes to present themselves as conspicuously elegant as possible.
On BBC Two (UK) on Saturday 14 August this documentary film set to Papa Wemba's extraordinary music is an eye-opening and funny exploration of this underground African cult!
Check out the BBC website for a fascinating interview with the film makers.

Published 13th Aug 2004, 5:14pm »

Papa Wemba Promo Videos Online!

As a companion to the "Importance of Being Elegant" documentary on BBC2 this weekend we have uploaded two promo videos from Papa Wemba's back catalogue into the Video Vault.

Published 13th Aug 2004, 5:10pm »

State of Bengal - Table Tennis Champion?

Well, not quite......but the very wonderful SOB (aka Sam Zaman) will be Charlie Gillet's special guest for a game of Radio Ping Pong on BBC London 94.9 FM on Saturday 17th July. Catch the programme for lively exchange of musical diversity!

State of Bengal has recently been working with Paban Das Baul to create the gorgeous "Tana Tani" on Real World Records - a musical ping pong of Bengal music ancient and very very modern.

Published 9th Jul 2004, 10:39am »

Free Interactive track by Peter Gabriel from Noodle Heaven

Noodle Heaven is an amazing new system that allows artists to create a new hybrid of music and video games - interactive, free flowing, liquid music. Some of you may know the original "Noodle" program from the AfroCelt CDs "Volume 2" and "Further in Time" . Well, we've been working for the last few years to create a massively enhanced new version, and Peter Gabriel and Richard Evans have made the first tracks for the program.

It's free to get an account and download the Noodle Player, and we'll give you Peter's track "The Tower that Ate People" when you sign up.

Have fun! We're looking forward to finding out what you think about the program on the forums on the Noodle Heaven website.

Published 8th Jul 2004, 1:01pm »

Apologies for our absence.

Regular visitors to this site may have noticed our absence over the last few days. Unfortunately weevils had got into the servers Core-flux Modules. It took quite a while for our iPixies to chase them all back out and allow us to resume normal service.

Apologies for any inconvenience and welcome back to the site.

Published 30th Jun 2004, 4:48pm »

Skip 'Little Axe' McDonald on The Paul Jones Show, Radio 2, Thursday 24th June

Skip 'Little Axe' McDonald appears on the Paul Jones blues show on BBC Radio 2, at 8pm Thursday 24th June. He is in session with British jazz/blues singer and keyboard player, Sam Payne. Legendary bluesman, guitarist, songwriter and ex Sugar Hill member, Skip McDonald, has worked with Adrian Sherwood on the Little Axe album, 'Champagne And Grits', to be released on Real World Records in September.

Published 23rd Jun 2004, 11:57am »

Charlie Musselwhite in Session on BBC Radio 2

Charlie Musselwhite recorded a session for Paul Jones Blues show for BBC Radio 2 during his recent visit to the UK. This will be broadcast in two parts with the first three tracks going out on 1st July and a repeat with the final track on 9th December.

Published 15th Jun 2004, 12:41pm »

Ozomatli Headline at Glastonbury

Festival favourites Ozomatli, whose new album 'Street Signs' is released in Europe on Real World Records on June 22, will be headling the Jazz-World Stage at this year's Glastonbury Festival on Sunday 27 June. They are perennial favourites at this event - loved by the audience and the organizers alike. The show will be filmed by the BBC - look out for broadcast times closer to the event!

Published 15th Jun 2004, 12:35pm »

Spaccanapoli to support Peter Gabriel in Genoa, 16 June 2004

From the streets of Naples, Spaccanapoli are a quintet of socialist rabble-rousers, brimming with street savvy and carnivalesque energy. Inheriting an age old tradition, they perfom modern protest songs filled with vibrant energy, impassioned vocals and wild abandon. Spaccanapoli will support Peter Gabriel in Genoa at the Piazza Del Mare on Wednesday 16 June.

Published 14th Jun 2004, 11:47am »

Tenores De Bitti to support Peter Gabriel at home in Sardinia

The Tenores De Bitti, one of the most fascinating traditional polyphonic quartets of the Mediterranean Sea, will support Peter Gabriel on their home island of Sardinia. The festival takes place in Cagliari, Monday 14th June.

Published 14th Jun 2004, 11:37am »

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