"The wide world is all about you; you can fence yourselves in but you cannot forever fence it out". And so the hobbit's mission arrives in London with the announcment that The Lord of the Rings, based on the books by J R R Tokien takes to the stage at the legendary Theatre Royal Drury Lane from 9 May 2007.
The countdown to the opening night began on September 8 when producer Kevin Wallace announced in front of an invited audience that the spectacular event was on its way. Guests who gathered at the Theatre Royal were treated to their first glimpse of a Black Rider towering over them on stage, a scene from hobbits Frodo and Sam and an emotional song from cast and chorus lead by the wonderful Värttinä (who have had a central role in shaping the music of the event).
Auditions were taking place this week for multiple orcs and hobbits (hairy feet an additional advantage!)
The producers promise thrilling music, enthralling choreography, remarkable stageing and stunning design featuring over 70 actors, singers and musicians. The epic production opened first in Toronto where it has been honed and developed ready for its London debut next spring.
Africa Calling - the CD compilation celebrating the incrediable Live 8 event - has a special feature on the web radio station 'Radio World'. This is a great location to learn about music from every corner of the world with a continuous stream of wonderful sounds. One to check out !
Yungchen Lhamo has been selected from over 1,000 applicants worldwide to participate in DROPPING KNOWLEDGE a ground breaking historical event taking place in Berlin, Germany this month.
On September 9, 2006, 112 of the world's most compelling thinkers,artists, writers, scientists,social entrepreneurs, philosophers and humanitarians from around the world will come together in Berlin, Germany, as guests of dropping knowledge.
Seated around the worlds largest table in historic Bebelplatz square, these inspiring individuals, renowned for their lasting creative or social contribution, will engage with 100 questions out of the thousands donated to dropping knowledge by the international public.
Using dropping knowledge's question-rating system, the public identified 500 questions as those most likely to initiate open dialog on a social topic of most relevance to them. This group of questions will yield the final 100 Questions representing a truly global sampling of cultures, themes and ideas to be asked at the Table of Free Voices and beyond.
Adrian Sherwood will be performing with MC Brother Culture at one of the biggest Polish roots festivals, The One Love Sound Festival in Wroclaw, Hala Ludowa on 18th November 2006.
The festival will also feature a dub workshop by Adrian Sherwood, where he will be showcasing his unique techniques to dub DJ's and home dub producers.
Music's been flowing in every possible corner of Real World today - Daby and Skip (pictured below) are working on new projects for Real World Records in The Wood Room and The Big Room respectivly, with rumours of a 30+ strong ensemble rehersing elsewhere on site (someody must have eaten all those sandwiches!), and that's all before Adrian Sherwood arrived to really make some noise.
Our very own Blind Boys of Alabama will be appearing on ABC America's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on September 17 (from 8 to 10 ET). This two hour episode involves Oscar winner Marlee Matlin and the show's design team rebuilding a home for a blind father and his family members, including two visually impaired children, a child who is deaf, and his mother who is blind.
The Blind Boys will perform 'Stand By Me' on the show. As one of America's top 20 rated shows Extreme Makeover will broadcast to around 8.4 million viewers!
Guitarist and producer Michael Brook has recently released 'RockPaperStone', his third solo album (after a 13 year break). Described by Chris Nickson in Global Rhythm magazine as 'expansive' and 'atmospheric' the album features a number of collaborations including one track with the late genius Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Brook and Nusrat worked together on the two seminal fusion albums 'Mustt Mustt' and 'Night Song'. During the making of this new album Brook took an out take from the Mustt Mustt sessions and has breathed life into it with a new track entitled 'Pond'. 'RockPaperScissor' is available through Brook's own label Canadian Rational.
Daby Touré has spent the last week with us at Real World, working in the studios Millside space recording parts for his next CD. He's having a change of environment today moving across to the newly refurbished Production Room to start work on mixing and vocals, so we took a break recording yesterday and took Daby on a trip into Bath to sample the local café culture and take some pictures.
Daby's been on an almost onn-stop journey since the release of Diam, clocking up over 6000 road miles in europe on the Peter Gabriel tour alone, and he hasn't slowed down since - he's just back from his latest stint of live gigs in North American which you can check out on his Mysapce site. Daby says new music is influenced by the journey, broadening out from Diam's African and Parisian focus - it's sounding good to us, but you'll have to wait a while for even a sneak preview.
In the meantime if you need an immediate fix of Daby, iTunes UK have made it that bit easier by including a Real World section on their World Music page, so Diam's now available instantly.
17th August 2006, 7pm - midnight, Gramaphone Bar and Restaurant, 60-62 Commercial Road, London E1
A fundraising event to help meet the legal costs of the appeal against the Home Office wish to deport Ernesto Leal.
For further information see www.friendsofernesto.org.uk
Joi are joined by Howie B, The Alabama 3, Electronic Elvis and more.
Listen to the The National Geographic News Podcast where Yungchen Lhamo is interviewed about her childhood memories, fleeing Tibet across the Himalayas and meeting the Dalai Lama in the refugee camps of Dharamsala.