Barack Obama has chosen La Dame et Ses Valises by Les Amazones d'Afrique as one of his favourite songs of 2017.
The former President's list of his favourite books and music from the year were posted on the Barack Obama Facebook page on 31 December 2017 with the words:
"During my presidency, I started a tradition of sharing my reading lists and playlists. It was a nice way to reflect on the works that resonated with me and lift up authors and artists from around the world. With some extra time on my hands this year to catch up, I wanted to share the books and music that I enjoyed most. From songs that got me moving to stories that inspired me, here's my 2017 list"
My favorite songs of 2017:
Mi Gente by J Balvin & Willy William
Havana by Camila Cabello (feat. Young Thug)
Blessed by Daniel Caesar
The Joke by Brandi Carlile
First World Problems by Chance The Rapper (feat. Daniel Caesar)
Rise Up by Andra Day
Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled (feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller)
Family Feud by Jay-Z (feat. Beyoncé)
Humble by Kendrick Lamar
La Dame et Ses Valises by Les Amazones d'Afrique (feat. Nneka)
Unforgettable by French Montana (feat. Swae Lee)
The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness by The National
Chanel by Frank Ocean
Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man
Butterfly Effect by Travis Scott
Matter of Time by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Little Bit by Mavis Staples
Millionaire by Chris Stapleton
Sign of the Times by Harry Styles
Broken Clocks by SZA
Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix) by U2
*Bonus: Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen (not out yet, but the blues version in his Broadway show is the best!)
The December release on Bowers and Wilkins Society of Sound revisits a special moment in time; the final ever gig by Oxford band Stornoway.
After more than ten years playing together the band were ready for new horizons and their Spring 2017 tour proved to be the perfect send off. The Farewell Show: Live at the New Theatre, Oxford captures the last night of the tour and was recorded by the Real World Studios team.
"We have achieved far more as a band than we ever dared to dream back as students in a drafty east Oxford garage and we are immensely proud of the music we have created together."
Savour a little of the atmosphere of this final show in this short video clip:
The Farewell Show: Live at the New Theatre, Oxford is available to download now on Society of Sound.
Everyone at Real World Records is delighted that Loney dear's new self-titled album is nominated for two Swedish Grammis:
Best Alternative Pop Album
The album was released in September of this year which Andy Gill in The Independent called "an elegant, understated pop masterpiece."
The awards take place on 8 February 2018 in Stockholm.
Loney dear is also nominated for "Album of the year" by GAFFA Sverige in Sweden. The award will be decided by public vote. Click here to vote.
Loney dear will be on tour in Europe throughout February 2018.
The Eccentric Orbits Tour sees the fabulous Spiro team up with the equally unique Leveret for a very special run of live dates in February and March 2018.
The tour starts on 28 February 2018 at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
We've just launched a diverse set of playlists on our Apple Music Curator profile. Whether you want a fresh mix of Real World catalogue favourites, brand new music, or something a bit more specific, there will be something here for you.
Each of the playlists feature music from the Real World catalogue alongside music we love from other labels as well.
We'll be refreshing these playlists pretty often, and from time to time we'll be serving up guest-curated mixes from artists and friends with great musical tastes, so keep coming back.
A new video from Sidestepper has just dropped.
Check out this fantastic live performance of the track Lover, recorded live in the studio in Bogotá. No overdubs, no edits, just vocals, bass and tambores!
The original version of Lover can be found on the Sidestepper album Supernatural Love.
Photo credit: Pete Williams
Real World Records are delighted to attend Mozambique Music Meeting this week. It is the first Showcase Festival in Mozambique. An annual event that aims to boost the dissemination and promotion of Mozambican music in particular and arts and culture in general - It will be a festival and a Music Market simultaneously, incorporating other elements of Mozambique culture: it will celebrate cultural diversity through music, dance, fine arts, photography, food, and crafts. This initiative not only aims to put Mozambique on the Map of World cultural events but also to promote Mozambican music, local artists, stimulate and raise the level of quality of local musicians.
Real World and WOMAD discovered the band Ghorwane back in the early 1990s. In 1991 Ghorwane recorded in the Wood Room at Real World Studios. As the tragedy of the civil war in Mozambique was finally drawing to an end (peace arrived when the Frelimo Government and Renamo guerrillas reached a settlement in 1993) Ghorwane were celebrating traditional Mozambican rhythms in a fresh modern way while the themes of their songs reflected the struggle and tragedy of the lives of ordinary people. The injection of life they shot into the stagnant music scene, and their subsequent success, have inspired other bands to take a similar route.
As we get close to the end of the year there's still a couple of chances to experience the wonderful 9Bach live.
On Friday 8 December they play at London's Cadogan Hall alongside Moulettes. It should prove to be a special night for those close to the capital so please do try and join us if you can.
The following night, 9 December, the band will also play an end-of-year homecoming set at Neuadd Ogwen in Bethesda. Perfect!
A new video for Loney dear's Isn't It You has been released today.
The video was directed by Anton Myrin.
Isn't It You is taken from Loney dear's self-titled seventh album, his first release on Real World Records which is out now.
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