Those looking for a little retail therapy may like to check out our new web store - phase one of the new system has been launched today, hopefully providing a much improved experience. The shop will be growing in the months to come, with improved content, digital downloads and interaction, but we've already got much improved access to music with samples from nearly every track available, more competitive pricing across international zones, and simpler festival ticket ordering.
The new series of Soundcheck at Momos kicks off on April 13, at 9pm on Sky Channel 281 .
Filmed at Londons famed and exclusive Momos Kemia Bar, the series features a solo performance from Real World Records artist Daby Touré.
In a broadcasting climate that affords precious little exposure to African artists, this series attempts to redress that balance, radically. Unlike most music shows, Soundcheck endeavours to give each act the best chance to get their music and story across with each half-hour episode dedicated to one artist.
Uniquely, the series is not hosted by some larger-than-life presenter stamping their personality across each episode. Instead, each episode has a unique feel because theyre hosted by the artists themselves.
The Imagined Village band recently recorded 'Cold Haily Rainy Night' at the BBC studios for this Friday's episode of Later with Jools Holland. The energetic live performance lasts well over 6 minutes, which is apparently something of a rarity on the show. The full touring line up, including The Young Coppers on backing vocals, perform a rousing rendition of this award winning version.
The show goes out this Friday night at 11.35 on BBC2.
Joi have been nominated in the category of 'Best Asian Underground Act' for the 2008 UK Asian Music Awards.
Voting is already underway on the UK AMA website www.theukama.com, so don't hestitate to vist the site and show your support for Joi. The nominees will be reduced to two from four when the web voting finishes in a couple of weeks time.
This is not the first time Joi have been recognised at the UK AMA. Farook from Joi won the award for 'Commitment to the Scene' at the 2006 awards.
The awards will take place at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall on Thursday 6th March 2008. Music from Joi's album 'Without Zero' will be played throughout the event when the winners walk to collect their awards.
Last night The Imagined Village opened the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ceremony with an outstanding performance of Cold Haily Rainy Night. It was this unique and hugely entertaining version of this song that then took the Award for Best Traditional Song. A packed crowd of folk luminaries at The Brewery in London gave The Imagined Village a standing ovation. The song celebrates a new expression of English folk that can embrace dhol drums and sitar alongside less unexpected instrumentation. You can catch up with news of the evening by clicking the link below.
Listen to the Awards ceremony on BBC radio 2's Mike Harding show on Wednesday 6 February.
Peter Gabriel was honored with the Award of MIDEM Personality of the Year 2008 at the industry conference in Cannes and the event was celebrated at a fantastic gala evening. Guests from all areas of the international music industry gathered in the Carlton Hotel for a banquet supper. Music was provided by Real World artists The Imagined Village who performed an outstanding and energetic version of Tam Lyn from their recent album (in spite of arriving with little time to spare from a foggy London Heathrow airport and a day of cancelled flights!). Maryam Mursal, the legendary Somali diva sang one of Peter's best loved songs, Kufilaw, from the Real World album 'The Journey' while Peter managed to maneuver himself onto the stage (in spite of his broken leg!) and join in with backing vocals and banging his crutches overhead to the amazement of the audience! Charlie Winston ended the showcase with a rousing 'Hobo' - another of Peter's favorite songs - and lead a trail like a troubadour through the audience and out of the banqueting hall. A pretty unforgettable evening!
Ryko Distribution and Peter Gabriels Real World Records have now announced a U.S. distribution agreement for the labels entire catalog and future
recordings. As part of the agreement, Ryko will handle digital and physical distribution of Real
Worlds catalog and will re-issue many of the labels back catalog titles with new packaging, and
in some cases, with exclusive bonus material.
In making the announcement, Jim Cuomo, President of Ryko Distribution states, Joining forces with Real World is a perfect complement to the artist-driven focus we have at Ryko and will enable us to reinforce Real Worlds stature as the standard bearer in World Music. We have shared and applauded Peters vision over many years and are both thrilled and excited to be able to contribute to Real Worlds ongoing success.
Gabriel adds, The music on Real World is very precious to us, so we wanted to find a great home in America. We are delighted to have all our artists welcomed and look forward to building something special together.
Like so many, I have a profound admiration for Peter as a musician and artist, as well as a deep respect for the innovative and influential label he started nearly two decades ago, says John Esposito, President and CEO of WEA Corp., who oversees Warner Music Groups U.S distribution companies, including Ryko. Real Worlds impressive catalog is a true cultural gem and we will look forward to applying the resources of Ryko and WMG to assure it is treated with the care and dedication it deserves.
Real Worlds first project under the new agreement teams Gabriel and Karl Wallinger (The Waterboys, World Party), who oversaw a new album called Big Blue Ball. The album has been 16 years in the making and began in 1991 during a Recording Week at Real World Studios when Gabriel opened its doors for the week to 75 international artists from over 20 countries.
The project is filled with several unique and unexpected collaborations.
The first single from the Big Blue Ball project, Whole Thing, is available now exclusively on
iTunes. The song features Gabriel on lead vocal and keyboards, Tim Finn (Crowded House) and Andy White (ALT) on backing vocals, Karl Wallinger and Paul Allen on guitar, and Francis Bebey, the legendary cultural icon of Cameroon, on flute.
Skip 'Little Axe' McDonald is set to head off to Germany for a remarkable European tour starting in Stuttgart on January 24. The tour will be headlined by Bernard Fowler's Bad Dog and also features Little Axe and the other original Tackhead musicians, Doug Wimbish and Keith Leblanc.
Most of the shows will be in Germany and Austria but the tour will also visit Italy, France and The Netherlands, with an exclusive show for France in New Morning, Paris and for The Netherlands in Effenaar, Eindhoven.
This promises to be a rare treat for fans of this unique collective of musicians. Visit the tours section of this site for full venue details.
The 75th anniversary celebrations of the BBC World Service come to a head in Greenwich last Saturday with a live concert at the Indigo2.
Real World Records artists Daby Touré and Toumast were part of the eclectic line-up, which also featured Squeeze, Yunasi, Katie Melua and Carbon Silicon.
An audience of around 2000 invited guests were treated to a 3 hour musical trip around the world presented by Radio 4s Mark Coles. Click the link below to listen to the concert in full on the BBC website.
The Imagined Village band did a pre-recorded session on the Charles Hazelwood show last night, BBC Radio 2 at 10pm. The link below takes you to the listen again page, you can also see a video of this performance on a freezing cold winters day in a drafty somerset barn on the outskirts of glastonbury in the middle of our last november tour. It's all unplugged, and we play an acoustic, shortened version version of john barleycorn going into england half english, followed by scarbourh fair sung by chris wood with Billys introductory talk at the front. As an end of year round up the project has been nominated for 2 radio 2 folk awards: best album and best traditional track 'Cold Hailey Rainy Night' and we will be performing this song at the awards in february. We also came joint 8th in the Froots new albums of 2007 and 5th in the Mojo folk top 10 for 2007.
You can also listen again to the Tom Robinson show from last Tuesday 18/Dec on the Radio 6 website, he played 3 live tracks from the IV RFH gig: Acres of Ground, Cold Haley Rainy Night, Hard Times of Old England
We wish everyone a great Christmas and a happy New Year and well see you all hopefully in a field somewhere on the summer festival circuit.
The Village People