Real World recording artist Yungchen Lhamo recently performed at two high-profile events in Los Angeles -- first as the opening event of National Geographic's All Roads Film Festival at Hollywood's grand Egyptian Theatre on September 28th, and at a fundraiser for her charitable foundation at Silk Roads Gallery on September 30th.
Silk Roads houses an exquisite array of rare and ancient Buddhist art that is no longer obtainable from China, which provided a serene and perfect setting for Yungchen Lhamo to sing Tibetan songs from her new album Ama -- amidst life-size carved Buddhas, Quan Yins, and bodhisattvas dating back several centuries. Several thousand dollars were raised for her charity, which provides aid to Tibetans in need both in Dharmsala and elsewhere.
Coming soon on Real World Records - more from the wild dub imagination of the legendary Adrian Sherwood. In the follow up to Never Trust A Hippy comes Becoming A Cliché. This will come out as a limited edition double album with Dub Cliché - a bunch of dub remixes and extraordinarly new tracks.
The special edition is released in Japan on October 18 through Beatink Records and arrives in Europe on November 13. This double release will only be available for a short time.
Where the first solo album Never Trust A Hippy, was mainly instrumental, Becoming A Cliché features an ever impressive range of vocal guests: the late, great Bim Sherman, reggae multi instrumentalist Dennis Bovell, Little Roy, Lee LSK Kenny, Tunisian-French singer Samia Farah, Italian rapper Raiz and Mark Stewart. Keeping it in the family, Adrians two daughters Denise and Emily sing on the opening track, Animal Magic, with the legendary Lee Scratch Perry.
Lee LSK Kenny features on two tracks, You Wonder Why and St Peters Gate the latter in a sing-jay style (a combination of singing and dee jaying, known in Jamaica as 'toasting'). I first worked with Lee when he was called Bedlam a go go, Sherwood explains. He has the ability to write thought-provoking lyrics in no time at all."
Sherwood and Lee Scratch Perry will be on tour together in Japan to celebrate the album launch. Check out the Tours section for details of dates.
We will have a (very) limited number of the Japanese edition to sell via our online shop prior to the European release - what this space!
Swell Music have been promoting independent music in clubs and venues all over the UK. They have recently launched a great online digimagazine which is an alternative way to find out about new music. This month includes a feature about the new Little Axe album 'Stone Cold Ohio'.
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Daby Touré is the featured guest for October on the New World Buzz website. Listen online to Daby talking about song-writing, touring, and his latest album Diam. The exclusive interview also includes selections from the album.
If you missed it first time round you can catch the outstanding BBC televsion series African Rock 'n' Roll once again. Starting at 7.00 pm on BBC4 on Wednesday 4 October it features interviews and performances by many great starts who have worked with both WOMAD and Real World Records.
The second Little Axe album for Real World (and the fifth of the band's career) is released in Europe on Monday 9 October. 15 tracks of future blues - dubbed-out, dark, and smokey. It includes covers of songs by Skip James, Allen Toussaint, and Mos Def man Will Calhoun. '...Ohio' traces a line from African chants, Afro-American field songs, blues, gospel, soul, funk and dub, and takes it on into the 21st Century.
Be the first to order Stone Cold Ohio at our online shop and you will receive a copy signed by Skip McDonald himself. First come first serve - we only have 20 signed copies!
Lucky Londoners will have the opportunity to see Skip McDonald aka Little Axe in an acoustic showcase to launch his album 'Stone Cold Ohio'.
The performance is free and open to all. It will be happening at 6.00 on Monday 9 October at Ray's Jazz which is located on the second floor of Foyles Bookstore on Charing Cross Road. Skip, on guitar and vocal, will be accompanied by double bass, tabla and violin - so expect a very alternative interpretation of his 20th century blues sound.
Adrian Sherwood's new album, 'Becoming A Cliché', is set for release in Japan through Beatink Records on 18/10/06. The album is intially being released as a special limited edition CD, including bonus CD 'Dub Cliché'.
The new release coincides with 'Dub Sessions Vo.2', a series of live dates in Tokyo, Nagoya & Osaka. On stage for the first time in 30 years, the legendary Lee 'Scratch' Perry will be Adrian's very special guest for all four sessions.
Full details and booking info can be found in the tours section of this website.
Guo Yue will be performing on the DVD recording of Shan Qi (Mountain Energy) from 25th to 29th September 2006. Playing with Yue will be musicians Giovanni Amighetti, Guido Ponzini, Wu Fei and Helge Andreas Norbakken. The DVD will be filmed in beautiful locations in the Dolomites, Carnia and the Venice region and will be recorded using an innovative musical video technique called VMT.