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Portico Quartet announce support for their KoKo show


Portico Quartet will be joined by Anchorsong and Micachu next month for their live show at KoKo in London on April 17th.

Listen to the track Laker Boo, taken from their forthcoming Live/Remix album, recorded live at the Roundhouse last year.  Laker Boo is a dark, tense, hypnotic motif with a laid back, dance bass-drum drive.

Buy tickets to see them at KoKo, London

Pre order live/Remix now

Published 14th Mar 2013, 4:55pm 1 notes on Tumblr »

Songlines Music Awards 2013


The 2013 Songlines Music Awards nominees are announced today … and we’re delighted to reveal that our outstanding Ethiopian artists have been recognised in two categories.

Samuel Yirga has been nominated as Newcomer, with his debut album Guzo: “On his effortless-sounding solo debut, the young Ethiopian pianist deconstructs the tunes and arrangements of the gold age of Ethiopiques and then reinvents the music with an orginality and power that is smart, intelligent and entirely modern.”

Dub Colossus (the band with whom Samuel plays) are nominated in the Cross Cultural Collaboration category for their album Dub Me Tender Vol 1 & 2. “Woozy but sprightly dub remixes from former Transglobal Underground man Nick Page and his Addis/London collective. …mixing Ethio jazz with Jamaican reggae, the album impressively manages to combine an authentic 70s dub aesthetic with the crisp definition of modern production.”

Nominations are voted for by the public, and the winners are announced in the June issue of the magazine, out April 26th.

Good luck to both Samuel and Dub Colossus!

View all the nominees here

Published 14th Mar 2013, 1:14pm »

Charlie Winston Live In London on 13th March


If you’ve never been lucky enough to see Charlie Winston perform live, you can listen here to Wild Ones in concert from Casino de Paris. Or better still, get to Scala in Kings Cross on Wednesday 13th March for a rare opportunity to see a full band performance in the UK.

Charlie’s appeal lies in his diverse range and seamless ability to go from personal piano ballads to quirky instrumentation and beat-boxing to deeply emotional yet accessible numbers - all delivered with a theatrical flourish!

Tickets for the show are on sale now priced at £17.50

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Published 12th Mar 2013, 12:10pm »

Outstanding Studio Quality 'Guzo' Released on Society of Sound

Samuel Yirga’s musical life has been full of obstacles: social restrictions, family regulations, and hurdles thrown up by the reality of live.  Yet in the face of this, the young and gifted pianist has at last had his time to shine.

Bringing contemporary and classical jazz, celebrated pop songs from the golden era of Ethiopian music, traditional Ethiopian rhythms and instruments and deeply-felt classical piano undertones, this young man from Addis has opened up a whole new door on a musical genre and region which has already grabbed the interest of many people around the world.

Now for the first time members of will have the opportunity to hear this debut album Guzo in outstanding 24 bit studio quality. Bowers and Wilkins music subscription community Society of Sound have supported Samuel through his early career and the creation of The Habasha Sessions created especially for the Society members.  From that early recording session Samuel went on to create his first album ‘Guzo’.

Find out more about Society of Sound releases which are curated by Peter Gabriel and Real World and the high quality version of 'Guzo’.

Download Guzo in 24-bit from the Society of Sound

Discover more about Guzo and Samuel Yirga

Published 1st Mar 2013, 4:37pm »

The Creole Choir of Cuba bring their new live show to the US

This week, the Creole Choir of Cuba have embarked on a 5-week US tour with a newly produced show. Using documentary film and Cuban/Haitian inspired artwork projected across the theatre set as the group perform, the new show communicates the choir’s rich cultural heritage, modern inspirations and its every day life in Camaguey, Eastern Cuba. So far the audience reactions have been outstanding -  the new show shines a light on the history and the joyful culture of the Creole Choir. It’s a unique and unmissable show.

“…a 10-member vocal group that boasts awesome harmonies as well as an intriguing history”  (CBC Toronto Online)

26 Feb - Phillips Center Gainesville, FL
27 Feb - Sunrise Theatre Fort Pierce, FL
01 Mar - The Duncan Theatre Lake Worth, FL
03 Mar - Ferguson Hall Tampa, FL
07 Mar - The Brooks Theatre Clemson, SC
08 Mar - The McGlohon Theatre St Charlotte, NC
10 Mar - Ferguson Center for the Arts Newport News, VA
13 Mar - Maurer Hall Chicago, IL
17 Mar - Miami Beach Bandshell North Miami Beach, FL

Book tickets online

Buy Santiman now

Published 26th Feb 2013, 3:36pm 1 notes on Tumblr »

The Creole Choir in Glorious Studio Quality


The new album Santiman by The Creole Choir of Cuba is now available to members of The Society of Sound in outstanding studio quality (24 bit, 48 khz). The Society of Sound offers its members a new album of music each month. Specially curated by Peter Gabriel and Real World, the music is always outstanding, often intriguing and downloaded as high quality digital.

Find out more on the Bowers and Wilkins website.

Published 25th Feb 2013, 10:16am »

The Blind Boys of Alabama Live in New York (2001)

The Blind Boys of Alabama performing their song ‘Run On For A Long Time’ live in New York. The song originally featured on their 2001 album 'Spirit Of The Century’, now re-released as part of the Real World Gold series.

Discover more about 'Spirit of the Century’

Published 15th Feb 2013, 4:18pm »

CBC Talks to Label Manager Amanda Jones


CBC Music takes a look back at Real World itself with label manager Amanda Jones, who has worked alongside Peter Gabriel since the label was launched in 1989.

The article follows on from CBC’s recent series celebrating the Real World Gold re-releases. “The stories behind Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records” featured interviews with Sheila Chandra, Thomas Mapfumo, The Afro Celt Sound System, Yungchen Lhamo and Joseph Arthur.

Read the full interview with Amanda Jones

Published 15th Feb 2013, 12:18pm »

Two new albums - contrasting in style and pace, but equally virtuosic in performance - now available for the first time in America

Spiro’s shimmering new album, Kaleidophonica, is described by fRoots as “… breathless stuff, genuinely unlike anything else, and exciting, rewarding and gorgeous in equal measure”.  The exceptional musicians use traditional English folk repertoire as a starting point but swiftly deconstruct the songs, spinning them with intense improvisational skill into a unique sound that’s as cerebral and complex as it is strangely moving.

Watch Spiro work their musical magic on this brand new video of The City and The Stars. 

Buy Kaleidophonica now

Iarla O Lionaird is one of today’s most innovative singers in contemporary music, well-known as the ethereal lead voice of Afro Celt Sound System and as vocalist for the touring Masters of Tradition ensemble. Foxlight, his third solo album, is a rich and mature work, offering an impassioned, sublime set of songs that sparkle with versatility.  Drawing on the experiences of his personal music journey, it returns O Lionaird’s remarkable voice to the heart of contemporary Irish music. 

Watch Iarla talking about the making of Foxlight.

Buy Foxlight now

Published 12th Feb 2013, 6:03pm »

The Creole Choir of Cuba's new album, Santiman, out now


“The passion overflows on this new collection … Simply joyous.” The Sunday Times

“Sophisticated singing that could make this choir one of the best known in the world.”

The Choir, formed in Camaguey, Cuba in 1994 and all conservatory-trained musicians, are descendants of former freed slaves from Haiti. The poignant songs, many passed down through generations, are sung in both Haitian Creole (a mix of French, English and West African languages) and Spanish. Stories of freedom and protest, of survival despite abject poverty, mingle with humorous and celebratory songs about everyday life. Expressed with vibrant harmonies, deep Caribbean rhythms and a hefty dose of Cuban flair, theirs is a rich, soulful sound that evokes their proud history of resistance and resilience.

Buy ‘Santiman’ now

Discover more about the album

Published 11th Feb 2013, 11:52am »

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