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Nusrat : Essential Listening Before You Die

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's now-legendary album 'Mustt Mustt' released on Real World Records in 1990 has been declared one of the '1000 Albums To Hear Before You Die' by The Guardian newspaper in the UK!

This is what The Guardian said:

"After much debate, some of it bitter, the Guardian's music team has compiled a list of albums that are well worth your hearing.

So what were the rules for picking the 1000?

First, no single act can appear more than once - though where an artist has collaborated widely, they might pop up all over the place, as Brian Eno and Damon Albarn do.

Second, where there was a good alternative to the blindingly obvious album, we went for the alternative. After all, who needs to be told, yet again, to buy Revolver or Pet Sounds?

Third, we're happy to have a slew of Various Artists albums, because there are plenty of underground scenes whose best songs came in the form of singles - why buy a Standells album when you can hear the great Nuggets compilation?

Fourth, there are a ton of little-known personal favourites in here. So when you stumble over a title you've never heard of, it's because at least one of our writers desperately wants you to hear it."

And of Mustt Mustt they said:

"The greatest exponent of qawwli, the devotional music of the Sufis, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan updated his songs to reach younger audiences, both in his native Pakistan and across the west. On this album, his extraordinary, soulful, rapid-fire improvised singing was backed by guitars as well as tablas and harmonium; Massive Attack rousingly remix the title track."

Published 22nd Nov 2007, 5:44pm »

Toumast Focus on BBC radio's premier news program

Toumast and the plight of the Toureg people of Niger/Mali were the subject of discussion on BBC radio 4's Today program. Moussa Ag Keyna, founder of the group. lead singer and guitarist, was interviewed and described the war, the problems of desertification and marginaised youth of his people. The songs on Toumast's album 'Ishumar' provide an insight into life in the desert - from the wider political struggles of the Toureg people to Moussa's affection for his camel Ezeref.

Published 22nd Nov 2007, 12:33pm »

Award Nominations for The Imagined Village

The Imagined Village hasreceived nominations in two catagories of the BBC Folk Awards: Best Album and Best Traditional Song (for Cold Haily Rainy Night).

The nominations were announced last night on BBC Radio 2's Mike Harding show. The winners will be annonced in February next year.

Published 22nd Nov 2007, 10:12am »

Skip to sit in with Daby in London Show

Tuesday 20 November at Momo's bar located at Heddon Street in London has a change of previous billing. Toumast are re-scheduling their date for a later occasion and instead we will have Daby Touré on a return visit to this popular club. Daby will be joined by Little Axe mainman Skip McDonald for a guest slot. This is a great opportunity to see these two wonderful artists in a unique collaboration..

Entrance Free but numbers very limited!

Published 19th Nov 2007, 6:48pm »

Toumast video added

We've just added a video to our Toumast pages of 'Ikalane Walegh' / 'These Countries That Are Not Mine' from their 2007 Festival des Vieilles Charrues...makes you want to leap on a camel and head off across the desert.

Published 19th Nov 2007, 6:32pm »

Yungchen Lhamo to accompany Bill T. Jones at Musée du Louvre

The American choreographer, Bill T Jones, will create an exceptional site-specific work in the context of Anselm Kiefer’s “guest” presence at the Louvre in Autumn 2007. The work, inspired by Anselm Kiefer’s overall theme of “frontiers”, will take place in one of the Museum’s most spectacular locations: the one-hundred metre perspective which stretches from the steps of the Winged Victory of Samothrace, to the Renaissance Arch (from the Stanga Palace) in which the celebrated sculptures of “Slaves” by Michaelangelo are framed.

The connecting sculpture galleries, created under Napoleon 3rd in which the very unique references to the body in western art are evoked, from early sarcophagi through to the highly stylized “mannerist” Italian works to the more purely classic examples by Canova.

It will be through this historical perspective that Bill T Jones will create and perform “Walking the Line” accompanied by the Tibetan singer, Yungchen Lhamo, and the French percussionist, Florent Jodelet.

Performances will be on November 20, 22 & 24.

Published 18th Nov 2007, 6:48pm »

Real World Follows the Long Way Down

If you caught the latest installment of the Ewan McGregor / Charley Borman adventure on the way down to Africa you will have heard a great selection of Real World artists. The BBC 2 television series followed the intrepid bikers south through France, Italy and across the Mediterranean into North Africa - through Tunisia and Libya. The music on their journey came from Adrian Sherwood, Ben Onono, The Boxer Rebellion, Maryn Bennett, Sheila Chandra, Spaccanapoli, Joseph Arthur, Maryam Mursal, Hukwe Zawose, Hassan Hakmoun, Geoffrey Oryema and Abdelli...with a very special first outing for the Big Blue Ball track Whole Thing (featuring Peter Gabriel).

Watch out for more details on the Long Way Down music website (coming soon). The double CD soundtrack album is released on December 3rd and available to order here from our online shop.

Published 4th Nov 2007, 10:37pm »

Songlines Features The Imagined Village

The newly released Imagined Village album is the cover feature of Songlines magazine Issue 48 (December). An article by Tim Cummings and extensive photo coverage by York Tillyer from the Real World studios session gives the full story behind the project. To complete the picture, the free covermount CD features 5 tracks chosen by Benjamin Zephaniah - who brings an outstanding performance to The Imagined Village album with his re-working of Tam Lyn.

Published 2nd Nov 2007, 5:44pm »

BBC Radio 4's Front Row talks to The Imagined Village

Jump 11m11s into this piece available on the BBC's listen again service to hear a great section on The Imagined Village projects with contributions from Billy Bragg, Martin Carthy and Simon Emmerson

Published 29th Oct 2007, 12:36pm »

Real World Records Follows the Long Way Down

After their fantastic trip round the world in 2004, fellow actors and bike fanatics Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman couldn't shake the travel bug. And after an inspirational UNICEF visit to Africa, they knew they had to go back and experience this extraordinary continent in more depth.

Riding from John O'Groats right down to South Africa, leaving on 12 May 2007, they travelled through Europe, and then Africa – from Tunisia to South Africa, via countries such as Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia - a total of 15,000 miles. The team arrived in Cape Town, South Africa on 4 August 2007.

Real World Records has been delighted to work with the Long Way Down production to provide the soundtrack to the journey. You can hear Real World music on the 6 part television series which starts on BBC 2 Sunday 28 October and the accompanying DVD and CD to be released on December 3rd.

Drawing from the catalogue of outstanding artists – Geoffrey Oryema, Ayub Ogada, Joseph Arthur, Sheila Chandra, Adrian Sherwood to name but a few and introducing new tracks from Big Blue Ball and Sasha and BT, Ben Onono and The Boxer Rebellion, this is also an amazing musical journey

Of the forthcoming soundtrack Russ Malkin, Executive Producer/Director of Long Way Down said: “Music unquestionably enhances the enjoyment of life and, through the careful selection of tracks, this CD conjures up a lot of the emotions felt by the team on the ‘Long Way Down’ adventure.”

You can hear Peter Gabriel's thoughts about the project on this month's Moon Club update: “Africa is often portrayed as a problem, a continent in crisis. But in this film, in this music and most importantly in these people, you will also see and hear the real Africa that has been an incredible inspiration to me, Ewan and Charlie."

Episode 1 : Sunday 28 October BBC 2
Soundtrack CD release: December 3

Published 24th Oct 2007, 5:32pm »

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