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Special web radio feature for Africa Calling

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 !

Published 14th Sep 2006, 4:54pm »

Yungchen Lhamo Participates in Dropping Knowledge

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.

Published 7th Sep 2006, 10:19am »

On-U Sound & Adrian Sherwood to perform at One Love Sound Festival, Poland

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.

Published 5th Sep 2006, 3:26pm »

Daby Touré and Skip 'Little Axe' McDonald in the studio

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.

Published 30th Aug 2006, 6:08pm »

Blind Boys on Extreme Makeover in America

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!

Published 25th Aug 2006, 11:25am »

Rare Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Outtake Sees the Light of Day

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.

Published 25th Aug 2006, 11:16am »

Instant Daby Touré and Real World Records on iTunes

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.

Published 18th Aug 2006, 5:32pm »

Joi to play at fundraising event for Friends of Ernesto Campaign

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.

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Joi are joined by Howie B, The Alabama 3, Electronic Elvis and more.

Published 15th Aug 2006, 5:28pm »

Hear Yungchen Lhamo interviewed on The National Geographic Podcast site

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.

Published 3rd Aug 2006, 2:54pm »

Mapfumo Will be Sadly Missed at WOMAD

What should have been a highlight of this weekend's WOMAD Festival will be sadly missing from the bill. The great Thomas Mapfumo - musical original, political activitist for his beloved Zimbabwe and legendary voice of East Africa will not be able to appear. Unfortunately he has been refused his UK visa to enter the country.

Thomas Mapfumo is currently residing with his family in Eugene, Oregon whilst the political situation in Zimbabwe remains as it is. He wants to continue to hold his Zimbabwe passport and citizenship and wants to return home as soon as he can.

Mapfumo has been refused a visa to enter the UK, despite having been issued with UK Work Permits. The reasons given for this are that he entered the US on a P visa granted to musicians but then changed this by applying for political asylum and based on this the entry clearance officer at the British Embassy is not satisfied that he intends to leave the UK. The US Department of Homeland Security are currently assessing his situation and have issued Thomas with parole documents which allow him to leave the US and return on or before 25th August 2006. They have confirmed that he is not under deportation proceedings and the form clearly states that he is permitted to return to the US. In spite of this the British Embassy are still not satisfied that he intends to leave the UK and have therefore refused entry clearance. In spite of our best efforts to have been unable to influence the situation.

We very much hope that clearance will be given for Thomas and his band to enter the UK for live dates later in 2006.

Published 27th Jul 2006, 4:55pm »

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