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Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali Group tour

Torchbearers of the Qawwali tradition, the Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali Group from Pakistan, will tour the UK in March 2017.

Rizwan and Muazzam have been performing together since the 1990s. Their incredible performances at festivals around the world, including WOMAD UK, are rare and transcendent experiences and have seen them develop a devoted worldwide following.

Performing songs that use hypnotic vocal repetition to induce a state of ecstasy, the brothers' soaring voices are backed by a gharana, an ensemble of harmonium and tabla accompanied by rhythmic handclaps.

The legacy of qawwali, a form of devotional music popular in South Asia, was brought to an international audience by the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and that legacy has now passed to his nephews, Rizwan and Muazzam, exceptional singers who carry on the Sufi tradition of musical devotion and exaltation.

Tour dates
Wed 22 Mar Luton Library Theatre, Luton

Thu 23 Mar St George's, Bristol
Sat 25 Mar Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
Sun 26 Mar The Sage, Gateshead
Mon 27 Mar The Barbican, London
Tue 28 Mar King George's Hall, Blackburn
Thu 30 Mar Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham
Sat 1 Apr De Montfort Hall, Leicester

Published 16th Dec 2016, 11:52am »

RW Artists on WOMADelaide CD

Three Real World Records artists, Totó La Momposina, The Gloaming and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan all feature on a CD celebrating 25 years of the WOMADelaide Festival.

The CD comes with the current issue of Songlines Magazine that is out now.

"WOMADelaide was presented for the very first time at the Adelaide Festival in 1992. The combination of the Festival's renowned high production standards, the late summer magic of Botanic Park and an inspired partnership with the UK-based WOMAD organisation was unique. Since these humble beginnings WOMADelaide has evolved to become an annual celebration that has changed the way audiences experience the diversity of cultures - through a window on the world that is welcoming and life affirming, where art matters and adds to the richness of so many people's lives. This compilation represents just a taste of the amazing artists who have enthralled us all over the past 25 years. We are grateful to them and everyone who has made this journey possible and a pleasure for all concerned." - Ian Scobie, WOMADelaide Director

The Real World Records tracks featured are:
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Mustt Mustt from the album Mustt Mustt

The Gloaming Sailor's Bonnet from the album The Gloaming

Totó la Momposina y Sus Tambores El Pescador from the album Tambolero

Published 9th Dec 2016, 4:53pm »

Spiro at St George's

On Sunday night, Spiro celebrated the release of their new album Repeater with a special performance at St George's Hall in Bristol.

Here are a few image from the evening take by York Tillyer.

Published 6th Dec 2016, 2:01pm »

Totó La Momposina New Remixes Released

The Garabato Sessions brings influences from Bristol to Bogotá, with new remixes of Totó La Momposina's classic track Adios Fulana.

Available as four track 12" and five track Digital Download

DJ, musician and remixer, Rob Smith (RSD), best known for making and playing breakbeat, drum & bass and dubstep, and as half of the duo Smith & Mighty (with Ray Mighty) provides the Bristol connection with his remixes.

Bogotá-based Richard Blair - from the band Sidestepper - retains the earthy Colombian sound of the traditional African-influenced drums and adds his own dub twist.

"I love the energy and 'upfulness' of the original track and wanted to retain the percussive dynamics in the first remix while adding a 'dub' feel even though it's not a reggae track," explains Rob Smith (RSD).

Adios Fulana is taken from Tambolero. Released in June 2015, the album is a recreation of La Candela Viva, a classic record from 1993, and Totó's most successful album worldwide that introduced many, including Colombians, to this music for the first time.

Published 2nd Dec 2016, 10:12am »

Spiro Celebrate Repeater

Spiro are celebrating their first ever vinyl LP release Repeater - a Spiro anthology - with a very special live performance at St George's in Bristol on Sunday 4 December.

Support comes in the shape of Melodeon super hero Andy Cutting.

Copies of Repeater will be available on the night.

The album contains tracks, chosen by the band, from their four albums for Real World Records: Pole Star (1997), Lightbox (2009) Kaleidophonica (2012) and Welcome and Joy Welcome Sorrow (2015).

Published 22nd Nov 2016, 3:00pm »

The Breath video premiering now

The new video for The Breath's song For You is premiering now over at The Skinny.

Click Here to Watch

"There's a rare power to vocalist/lyricist Ríoghnach Connolly's gentle croon, lending poignancy to McCallum's subtly dense soundscapes" so say The Skinny "posited alongside the graceful slice-of-life monochrome of the video, it's a winning combination."

The video was filmed at Real World Studios by York Tillyer.

Published 22nd Nov 2016, 3:08pm »

Society of Sound: November

This month's Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound release was recorded live at Kings Place, London on 5 May 2016, mixed at Real World Studios and features the sound of Slowly Rolling Camera.

Formed in Cardiff in 2013 Slowly Rolling Camera brought together four wildly talented musicians from diverse backgrounds in vocalist/lyricist Dionne Bennett, composer/keyboardist Dave Stapleton, drummer Elliot Bennett and producer/sound design artist Deri Roberts.

The result was a captivating hybrid of these influences: trip hop, jazz, soul, electronic music fused into a new and unique soundscape. In November 2016 they released their second album All Things on Edition Records that looks set to build their reputation and global audience.

This recording, live from Kings Place, confirms their promise as one of the most exciting live acts on the European circuit.

With thanks to all at Kings Place including Mike Green and audio engineer Dave Wells.

Published 17th Nov 2016, 12:15pm »

Joseph Arthur Oslo Gallery

On Tuesday 8 November, Joseph Arthur played a stunning solo live set at Oslo in Hackney, London. Here's a small selection of images from the evening, taken by York Tillyer.

The gig included a number of songs from Joseph's current album The Family, including You Keep Hanging On and Machines of War.

Joseph played I Miss the Zoo to soundtrack the creation of a new painting.

The night ended with Joseph stood on the merchandise table for a rousing rendition of In the Sun accompanied by a faultless sing-a-long from everyone in the room...

Published 15th Nov 2016, 4:36pm »

Aurelio at Celtic Connections

Aurelio has been added to the bill at Celtic Connections 2017.

He will play at the Old Fruitmarket on 3 February 2017, from 8pm, on a bill that also features the Sharon Shannon Band.

Published 10th Nov 2016, 2:33pm »

New on Society of Sound

The current release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound comes from Kjartan Sveinsson.

Kjartan Sveinsson is a composer, musician and performer. He first came to prominence as a member of Sigur Rós, the Icelandic band - sometimes characterized as 'post-rock' - of which he was a member from 1997 to 2012, releasing five studio albums, a film and several side projects, and selling several million records around the world.

Sveinsson played keyboards and guitar in Sigur Rós, as well as being responsible for the band's frequent arrangements for strings, brass, choir and orchestra. In 2008 he played his final show with Sigur Rós in the band's hometown of Reykjavík, although he continued to write and record with the band until 2012's Valtari album.

In 2014 Sveinsson and Ragnar Kjartansson (Iceland's foremost performance artist) collaborated on Der Klang Der Offenbarung Des Göttlichen, an opera in four movements for Berlin's Volksbühne Theatre. Translated as The Explosive Sonics of Divinity, the piece combined Kjartansson's theatrical set designs for an empty stage, with Sveinsson's sweeping and romantic orchestral score.

Der Klang Der Offenbarung Des Göttlichen is the first of Sveinsson's post-Sigur Rós work to be released.

Published 25th Oct 2016, 12:00pm »

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