On 25 May, Sheila Chandra's new book is released, entitled Organizing for Creative People. The book is full of the kind of insights and 'counter-intuitive' creativity tips that only one creative person can give another, putting your creative career on the path to success. It's the perfect guidebook to streamlining your work and life for career success in any creative discipline.
The book features an introduction from the street artist Stik, who Sheila began mentoring (when he was still homeless) in 2008. She wrote a version of Organizing for Creative People just for him and this book is an expanded version of her artist advice to him on how to build a strong foundation for his career. Stik has gone on to become one of the most famous and collectible street artists in the world.
"Sheila showed me how to turn my art into a career. Our fields were wildly different - she was a singer, I was a street artist - but her system is transferrable to all disciplines and it transformed my work and my home life. She gave me the tools to hunt success and the infrastructure to handle it when it came." - Stik
Organizing for Creative People by Sheila Chandra is published by Watkins Publishing on 25 May, 2017, priced £10.99.
Sheila Chandra recorded three albums for Real World Records in the 1990's; Weaving My Ancestors' Voices (1992), The Zen Kiss (1994) and ABoneCroneDrone (1996) which are some of most beautiful and innovative recordings on the label.
Sadly recurring voice problems forced Sheila to retire from music in 2010, but it was in this period that her career as an author took off, with her best-selling book Banish Clutter Forever - outlining her own system for home organising - which she says "makes it possible to pretty much, never tidy up again."
The Breath have released a new track, 'Chilli Salt', which was originally recorded for their debut album, Carry Your Kin.
'Chilli Salt' is a powerfully raw and raucously punchy song, where Ríoghnach Connolly's glorious voice soars over the electronic fabric of Stuart McCallum's distinctive, layered soundworld.
Connolly's songs pour forth from her own life in a torrent of meaning, excavating raw feeling with little in the way of defence. 'Chilli Salt' is about sexual politics, delivered with compelling emotional honesty and a powerful urgency, or as she puts it, with a wry grin, "We'd like to dedicate this next one to the Catholic Church....for if it wasn't for guilt, how would we ever truly enjoy ourselves....?"
The band are on tour in the UK and Germany this summer, including performances at Wilderness Festival, Boomtown Fair, and the Manchester Jazz Festival.
From the start Totó had us, and the whole of the sold out audience, in the palm of her hand with a masterful performance full of passion and effortless control. For all the cultural and historical importance that Totó's music clearly has this was an audience fully embracing and engaging in the moment.
Playing music from across her career, including music from La Candela Viva and Tambolero, seeing Totó La Momposina live is a euphoric celebration of the music of Colombia.
More live shows in Europe throughout May and June.
Photos by York Tillyer.
We are delighted to announce the release of a selection of classic Real World Records albums on vinyl. Available to pre-order now for a Friday 28 July 2017 release.
Some have been out of print on LP for many years and others are making their vinyl debut; each one is a cornerstone of the Real World catalogue.
Various Artists - Passion Sources - LPRW2
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Mustt Mustt - LPRW15
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Shahen Shah - LPRW3
Geoffrey Oryema - Exile - LPRW14
Ayub Ogada - En Mana Kuoyo - LPRW42
Papa Wemba - Emotion - LPRW52
Martyn Bennett - Grit - LPRW114 (DOUBLE LP YELLOW VINYL)
Another classic Real World Records release Joseph Arthur's Redemption's Son (LPRW103) is also being re-released on double LP, but a little earlier on 23 June to celebrate the album's 15th Anniversary.
When Peter Gabriel launched Real World Records back in 1989, access to music from around the world was limited, relying on ethnomusicologists or traditional labels to find these sounds. Of course, the world is now totally transformed and finding new music has never been easier. We are, however, very happy be going back to glorious vinyl with these albums, which have endured over many years.
"It has been heart warming to see the return of vinyl," explains Peter. "Even though I loved being free of its limitations in the digital world, there is still a warmth and presence to vinyl that somehow makes it a more natural human companion."
Real World has always encouraged cross cultural collaboration, so it'll be no surprise that included in the LP reissues we have creative magic between Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Michael Brook (Mustt Mustt); Papa Wemba and Stephen Hague (Emotion); Geoffrey Oryema and Brian Eno (Exile).
Ayub Ogada's En Mana Kuoyo is one of those unforgettable albums. Simply backing himself (albeit with virtuosic ease) on an East African lyre called a nyatiti, Ayub's warm vocals never leave centre stage. At the other end of the scale, but equally indelible, is Martyn Bennett's Grit which is arguably one of the most significant pieces of work to come out of Scotland in recent years.
We are not alone in considering Joseph Arthur to be one of the most talented American singer-songwriters in recent years. 2017 marks the 15th anniversary of one of his most beloved albums, Redemption's Son, so we're bringing it out for the first time on double vinyl, with a whole album of previously unreleased bonus tracks from that era. A delight.
The April release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound is the second album by Tom Hickox, entitled Monsters In The Deep.
Of his debut record, The Daily Telegraph said "Tom Hickox is the most powerful and original lyrical songwriter this country has produced in years" and this follow up album sees Hickox stretching out and fully availing himself of the possibilities presented by each song.
A key objective for Hickox was to create an album that you could play for the first time and not have any idea what the next song would sound like on the basis of the one before it. The result is a diverse, highly engaging and multi-layered record from an artist who clearly enjoys observing the never-ending human drama unfolding around him, yet manages to reveal an awful lot of himself in the process.
On 23 June, Real World Records, will re-issue Joseph Arthur's third album Redemption's Son to celebrate it's 15th anniversary.
The anniversary edition will contain the original album (with its original artwork) along with nine bonus tracks all of which have been previously unreleased. The track 'Ghost' is available to stream and download from today.
Redemption's Son 15th Anniversary Edition will be available on 180-gram double LP, double CD, and digitally. It will be the first time the album has been available on vinyl.
The nine previously unreleased songs now form a "lost album" which Arthur has named Morning Star.
"We decided to turn these tracks into their own album called 'Morning Star' rather than a collection of this, that and the other thing," says Arthur. "It's a great feeling when the past burps up a gift. Things forgotten and submerged by the vortex of time which reveals its illusions thru a process such as this."
Joseph Arthur will also be embarking on a limited run of solo dates in the USA beginning on June 20th in Boston where he'll play the album from beginning to end.
"I've never done this album from start to finish live, but Redemption's Son was always a special record to me and my fans and this clearly seemed like the right time to do it.
'Julio Moreno' is a previously unreleased track recorded live at Real World Studios in 1991 as part of the sessions for the La Candela Viva album, produced by the legendary Phil Ramone. La Candela Viva was the album that finally brought Totó international recognition and sealed her reputation in her native Colombia. The track wasn't included in the final version of that album and the recording was only rediscovered as part of the work that became the Tambolero album, released in 2015. Finally getting a proper release, 'Julio Moreno' is already a live favourite and is a must have for all Totó fans.
BBC Concert Orchestra will premiere a new BBC Radio 3 commission by Jane Harbour at Cecil Sharp House on Friday 31 March in a special concert to mark the BBC's longstanding relationship with the English Folk Dance and Song Society.
The BBC Concert Orchestra presents an evening that places some of the great folk-influenced works of the 20th Century alongside a brand new commission from Jane Harbour, violinist and composer with renowned acoustic instrumental group Spiro.
Jane's commission, Kynde, is a piece about connection; about connections to one another, ourselves, lost loved ones, ancestors, folklore, and how we connect ideas to find new meaning in old stories. Performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers, and conducted by Martin Yates, it continues the personal journey of the notorious folk figure Barbara Allen, who spurned her dying admirer, but now has to confront her feelings.
With influences including minimalist classical music and electronica, Jane Harbour uses systems music to convey Barbara's confused, fractured thoughts and her longing for re-connection and clarity.
Throughout the piece, Barbara's internal world, represented by the live singers, vies with the overt narrative, told by recordings of traditional singers from the Peter Kennedy archive. The source material for his 1950s BBC Radio show As I Roved Out, his recordings form the springboard for this piece.
The programme will also include live performances by Spiro and piano soloist Victor Sangiorgio.
Israeli instrumental post-funk juggernaut The Apples have been delivering genre melting, infectious grooves for over a decade and this month their new album is the March release on Society of Sound.
Comprised of decks, horns, double bass, drums and tape effects, The Apples' big band vibe mixes with their Middle Eastern influences to create a signature sound.
This new album, Dragonz, has seen the band challenge their usual working methods to create a record containing disparate influences, guests and production methods yet the resulting album remains undeniably The Apples and is possibly their most focused LP to date.
To date The Apples have released five full length albums and have been featured on Bowers & Wilkins live stage at WOMAD UK.
The critically acclaimed debut album by Les Amazones d'Afrique is released today.
The all-female collective of west African musicians features Angélique Kidjo, Kandia Kouyaté, Mamani Keita, Mariam Doumbia, Mariam Koné, Massan Coulibaly, Mouneissa Tandina, Nneka, Pamela Badjogo and Rokia Koné.
The album is a blend of modern west African music, with production from Liam Farrell (Mbongwana Star) and a strong campaigning message for gender equality.
République Amazone is available on CD and coloured vinyl LP as well as to download and stream from the usual outlets.