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Daby charms his audience!

Fans of Daby Touré can hear a wonderful interview with the man himself following he sell out Paris show at La Cigale in March this year. Daby talks about his performance, his album Stereo Spirit, his past and his future.

Daniel Brown interviews Daby on the Mondomix website.

Published 4th Jul 2007, 3:54pm »

Toumast's Ishumar now on sale

The mesmerizing sound of hypnotic Saharan trance-blues - driving guitars, irresistible grooves, mysterious vocals - is now available to buy online. Pre-order ready for the release date on 23 July.

Find out more about the wonderful Toumast on the new website and, if you are lucky enough, you can catch them at WOMAD Charlton Park for their first UK performance on Friday 27 July.

Published 28th Jun 2007, 6:04pm »

Daby Touré Announced as Peter Gabriel support act in France

Rising star of African music, the young Daby Touré has just been announced as the support act for Peter Gabirel at the festival Vielles Charrues, Carhaix, West France. The event has a great line up of music, including Toumast (newly signed to Real World outside of France).

Daby will also be performing at WOMAD Charlton Park on Friday 27 July - on the Saddlespan stage plus a special performance on the BBC Radio 3 Stage.

Published 25th Jun 2007, 6:27pm »

'Cold Hailey Rainy Night' from 'The Imagined Village'

Coming soon to Real World Records and to a venue near you is The Imagined Village, an ambitious reinvention of the English Folk tradition, embracing the modern-day nation in all its cultural diversity. Fiddles and squeezebox breathe easily alongside electronica and ambient effects, ancestral songs are brilliantly updated with the sounds and voices of today.

You can get a preview of things to come, and become part of the village yourself over at Real World Remixed where 'Cold Hailey Rainy Night' has just been made available as a remix sample pack.

Simon Emmerson from The Imagined Village says "We are looking for the most Imaginative and inventive re-mix of one of England's oldest stories of love, sex and betrayal: Cold Hailey Rainy Night. This song has been passed down from generation to generation through the oral tradition of folk music. We are now passing it on to you in the Imagined Village of cyber space to be re-invented by the Real World Remix community.

Alongside Simon Emmerson the project features The Copper Family, Sheila Chandra, Benjamin Zephaniah, Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy, Paul Weller, Transglobal Underground, Tunng, Chris Wood, Billy Bragg, Tiger Moth, Gloworms, and the Dhol Foundation.

Published 15th Jun 2007, 7:01pm »

The Lord of the Rings Launches on stage in London

At last the epic stage production of Lord of the Rings opens in London. The Opening Night Performance of this, one of the most ambitious and stunning productions to come to the West End will take place on 19 July at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

The theatrical interpretation of Tolkein's momenteous books has been driven and created around the music co-composed by Värttinä and Indian composer A H Raman.

The Lord of the Rings previews at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London, began May 9. The packed house gave the show a standing ovation and reviews appeared in The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail. Tickets are on sale from the link below.

Värttinä will be honoured for their important contribution to Finnish culture at a reception at the Finnish Embassy in London while they are in the city celebrating the Lord of the Rings premiere.

The group finish their visit to the UK with their concert in Exeter, the Corn Exchange, on June 21.

Published 15th Jun 2007, 12:55pm »

Desert Blues Comes to Real World Records

Real World Records is to release the debut album from Toumast. The album was first available in France on the Village Vert label and the band has found a home for its international release with us.

Toumast take the desert blues in an unexpected and radical direction. The album ‘Ishumar’ (‘Identity’) is a testimony of years of combat and struggle of the Toureg people. These compelling songs of exile and the nomadic life are driven by looping camel-gait rhythms, stinging electric guitar and gutteral call-and-response vocals. Bold touches in production – strings, sax enhance the funky grooves are punctuated by the beautiful, errie voice of female singer Aminatou Goumar.

Lead singer Moussa Ag Keyna who, together with Aminatou and French producer Dan Levy, has created a sublime new African desert sound, but behind that smile, the nomad on his camel hides many problems.

A nomad, who has spent his whole life amongst the compounds of the Sahara desert, is loath to leave. He follows his camels on the quest to find water, he tends his animals whilst absorbed in song, he wraps his face in the turban that protects him from the harsh desert sands. This is the life he has always known, a life he doesn’t want to leave behind. But political persecution and drought are destroying this existence. Moussa Ag Keyna was driven from the struggle of liberation by injury to France where he changed his gun for a guitar.

Despite the pain and sadness in the songs, there is also a passion for the desert that emerges through the lively rhythm, the vibrant melody and an irresistible pop sensibility.

Ishumar will be released on Real World Records on July 23rd. Watch out for their Real World website - coming soon. The band will be playing their first UK show at WOMAD Charlton Park on Friday 27th July.

"...the rockingist desert blues guitar sound I've heard." (fRoots magazine)

Published 14th Jun 2007, 1:49pm »

Liten again to Daby Touré interviews and live sessions

Daby Touré came to London last week for a whistle stop visit that included two BBC interviews/sessions and a fantastic solo gig at Momo's Kemia Bar in Mayfair.

Click on the links below to listen again to Daby's interviews and sessions with Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music and Jon Stewart on the World Service music and arts programme "The Beat"

Published 13th Jun 2007, 1:50pm »

'Salala' and 'What You Are" remix competition results.

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.

Published 1st Jun 2007, 3:01pm »

Catch Daby Touré on BBC radio 4

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).

Published 31st May 2007, 2:36pm »

Imagined Village...Coming Soon

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 today’s 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.

Published 18th May 2007, 5:57pm »

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