We've managed to reach a long overdue decision on the two recent Real World Remixed competitions - lots listening and debating was involved, followed by more listening and then some debating!
Thanks to everyone who took part, both with remixes and competition top 10 lists, and congratulations to the winners.
We'll be emailing all the winners in the next few days.
BBC Radio 4's arts, culture and comedy program "Loose Ends" have chosen Real World's Daby Touré as one of their guests to perform on Saturday 2 June. Daby will be travelling in from his adopted home of Paris especially to record the show this coming weekend.
Listeners in the UK can catch it from 18.50 to 19.00. You can hear BBC radio online if you are not in the UK via the link below (and you can listen again to the show for a week after).
The much anticipated Imagined Village project is reaching final completion and will be ready to launch this summer. A fascinating concept, a live performance and an album on Real World Records, it is set to intrigue, question and delight fans and new-comers to the world of the English folk song!
The recording project is spearheaded by producer, musician, DJ and Afro Celts founder, Simon Emmerson.
The aim is to take key songs from the English Folk Song Book and see how they resonate with modern English music today. The idea is to be neither authentic or create a modern musical fusion, but rather make an open, questioning record that takes some of the most beautiful and haunting songs from our past and see how they interact and collide with contemporary musical idioms and todays multi cultural society.
Musicians from both the traditional and contemporary folk world and non-folk artists were presented with unaccompanied traditional songs (so as not to influence ideas as to accompaniments or arrangements) and the project, overseen by Simon Emmerson, developed from there.
Included on the album is Tamlin, a track by Benjamin Zephaniah, which is a radical modern re write of a long traditional ballad, co-produced by Simon and Transglobal Underground. Eliza Carthy makes her mark on a number of tracks and there is the beautiful Welcome Sailor performed by Sheila Chandra with Chris Wood. Billy Bragg appears with an updated Hard Times Of Old England with The Young Coppers; Paul Weller and Martin Carthy perform a version of John Barleycorn, the Gloworms and Tigermoth present a fresh, exciting take on English dance music.
The project will launch with a premier performance at WOMAD Charlton Park on Saturday 28 July and a special limited edition EP on sale at the event. The album will be released in September followed by a full UK tour in November.
Charlie Musselwhite was the big winner at the 28th annual Blues Music Awards last week, walking away with four of the five trophies he was nominated for including: Album of the Year (Delta Hardware on Real World Records), Song of the Year (Church Is Out), Traditional Blues Album of the Year, and Instrumentalist - Harmonica.
Meanwhile, Charlie and his rockin blues band are about to embark on a European tour in June, then theyll head back to the States to perform at various festivals including the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival in Portland, OR on July 20, the Snowbird Rock and Blues Festival in Snowbird, UT on July 28 and Chicagos Lollapalooza on Aug. 3. Also just announced, Charlie will be doing a fall run with Mavis Staples, the North Mississippi Allstars, and Joe Krown. Check the Tour section for details
On the 28th of March Crash Ensemble had their first ever concert in New York. Invited by John Schaefer, of WNCY Radio, to perform in the final concert of the New Sounds Live 06/07 series.
The Crash Ensemble performance will included the American premiere of Grá agus Bás (love and death). Written for Iarla Ó Lionáird and Crash Ensemble, the piece premiered in Dublin in February to a sell out audience and created quite a buzz since then. The unique marrying of traditional Irish sean nós and contemporary classical is a new direction for Dennehy and an exciting one for Crash Ensemble.
Iarla O Lionaird sang the Gaelic text with simplicity and directness in a plaintive folk style, and the ensemble amplified strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and electric guitar, with Alan Pierson conducting gave it a powerful account NY Times
One of the most outstanding live festival acts are re-grouping this summer and performing at a limited number of events from Slane Castle in Dublin to Escot Park in Devon. It has been a while now since audiences were treated to a full Afro Celt line-up on stage.
You can catch them as headliners on June 3 at the popular Wychwood Music Festival at Cheltenham Race Course. The festival plays host to some of the best artists from World, Folk, Indie, Jazz and Chillout. The festival has been nominated for the Best Family Festival Award in the UK Festival Awards both years thanks to great facilities and security as well as excellent live music and activities for all ages, and Wychwood has just made it into The Observers top 5 festivals for 2007!
This years Wychwood will be a packed weekend of music, top class comedy, wild and wonderful street theatre, healing fields, solar-powered cinema, global trading village, great food and real ale. As well as the Afro Celts you can see the Levellers, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Badly Drawn Boy, Transglobal Underground and many more.
To find out more about Wychwood and all the other Afro Celt live performances go to 'Tours' and follow the links to each event.
Alerting all remixers out there...this is the final call for your offerings to Real World Remixed and your chance to have your creative reinterpretation of a Joi track win you a day at Real World Studio's fantastic Big Room.
Go to the Remix website, down load your sample pack, get remixing, upload your work...and wait to find out if a day in the West Country's finest recording establishment is yours for the taking!
Final date of the competition is April 25th 2007.
If you are looking to put some spring in your step then Daby Touré's new album is the answer! 'Stereo Spirit' is described by leading UK Sunday newspaper 'The Observer' as an 'Essential Album for Spring' and Daby himself as "..a rising star in world pop.."!
Released in the UK on March 19th.
In a preview of Sevara Nazarkhan's forthcoming 'Sen' the paper says: "This Uzbek singer is poised to become a global diva; electronica blended with Silk Route folk and dreamy vocals."
Released date TBC. News coming soon!