From the streets of Naples, Spaccanapoli are a quintet of socialist rabble-rousers, brimming with street savvy and carnivalesque energy. Inheriting an age old tradition, they perfom modern protest songs filled with vibrant energy, impassioned vocals and wild abandon. Spaccanapoli will support Peter Gabriel in Genoa at the Piazza Del Mare on Wednesday 16 June.
The Tenores De Bitti, one of the most fascinating traditional polyphonic quartets of the Mediterranean Sea, will support Peter Gabriel on their home island of Sardinia. The festival takes place in Cagliari, Monday 14th June.
The end of the 'Still Growing Up' tour is approaching, with the
Wembley shows being the last opportunity to see the full 'in the
round' production of this tour. Peter wants the show to go out with
a bang and so is offering you the chance to come and join the
Peter has opened up his own ticket allocation to this competition.
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Tuesday 8th of June just fill in the simple form at
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Diam, Daby Touré's forthcoming release is now available for preorder in WOMADshop.
Daby locked himself away for several years to work on his first solo album 'Diam', collaborating with electronic musician and digital wizard Cyrille Dufay. Daby may be proud of his African roots but he values creative freedom above all else, and shuns any obligation to be more 'African' than his heart and soul tell him to be. 'Diam' is a superbly-crafted contemporary pop record, that blend the sounds of Africa, Paris and international pop in equal measure.
Eric Bibb / Charlie Musselwhite + special guests Odetta & Martin Simpson
Friday 4 June 7.30pm, Barbican Centre
Four very different but extraordinary blues artists explore the roots that inextricably bind their music. Silky voiced Eric Bibb's take on laidback acoustic blues combines with blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite's Chicago/urban blues, Odetta's folk-blues and Martin Simpson's steel string acoustic guitar sound.
Real World are delighted to announce the signing of Los Angeles Afro-Latin-and-beyond nine strong crew, Ozomatli, and will be releasing the new album 'Street Signs' on 22 June.
"With artists as self-consciously polymorphous as Ozomatli - descriptions of the group usually bear more hyphens than there are band members - songs can easily devolve into genre exercises. The L.A. nonet were guilty of just that on their first two albums, carefully repping each far-flung constituency - hip-hoppers, Chicanos, salseros, funksters, turntablists, and then some - in their multicultural vibe. Finally, with the third try, Ozo get it oh-so-right and achieve the suppleness and grace of their stylistic forebears War and Mandrill. (After all, those '70s Latin rock bands were just as musically and ethnically diverse without writing songs about it.) Street Signs shows a band that's shed their puppy-dog need to impress, and that focus is beneficial throughout. The focus of the title track - sampled piano licks quoting the salsa classic "El Preso," handclaps, and hip-hop beats - get the job done, delivering a solid progressive rap winner. The closer, "Cuando Canto," is an old-school, harmony-laden ballad that soars with unabashed love for East L.A. "brown-eyed soul." Even as the arrangements get more ambitious, as on the opener, "Believe," which matches Arabic strings with dancehall rhythms and psychedelic guitar, Ozo keep the emphasis on the songs. That's the most rewarding development on Street Signs : the band deliver their radical politics with fervor and clarity, especially on the searing "(Who Discovered) America?" and "Who's to Blame," featuring Jurassic 5 rapper Chali 2na. Guests ranging from piano maestro Eddie Palmieri to Los Lobos' David Hidalgo to turntablist (and Ozo founder) Cut Chemist sweeten the pot, but the real spice comes from Ozomatli themselves on this powerfully realized statement." Mark Schwartz - Barnes and Noble
Daby Toure, or just 'Daby' as he's known in the world of music, grew up in southern Mauritania, an arid land where the sands of the Sahara mingle with the grasses and stunted trees of the sahel, and where the Arabic and Moorish cultures of North Africa blend into the many distinct cultures of black west Africa. Like all young Africans, Daby soaked up the melodies and rhythms of his Soninke people without thought or effort. But from an early age, after falling in love with bands like The Police and Michael Jackson, he knew that he wanted to create his own music and move beyond the cosy limits of his people's musical traditions.
In 1989 Daby's father Hamidou Toure, a doctor and amateur musician, was called to Paris to join Toure Kunda, a seminal group in the history of world music and the African scene in Paris. Hamidou sold his house to pay for his son's ticket. The young Daby was intoxicated by the musical riches he found in the French capital, especially the leftfield jazz scene, and he soon became involved in several groups, eventually teaming up with his cousin Omar to form Toure Toure. Despite objections from his father, who feared the hardships that a musical career might heap on his son, Daby relentlessly pursued the grail of a new Afro-centric pop sound. After disbanding Toure Toure, Daby locked himself away for several years to work on his first solo album 'Diam', collaborating with electronic musician and digital wizard Cyrille Dufay. Daby may be proud of his African roots but he values creative freedom above all else, and shuns any obligation to be more 'African' than his heart and soul tell him to be. 'Diam' is a superbly-crafted contemporary pop record, that blend the sounds of Africa, Paris and international pop in equal measure. After being touted to almost every single record label in France, 'Diam' eventually found its way to the offices of Real World Records, who are releasing it worldwide.
The new album 'Diam' will be released on Real World Records, distributed by Virgin/EMI
www.realworldrecords.com/dabytoure (coming Soon)
Daby is seen here giving an intimate performance at Real World Studios.
The first ever EMMA (Ethnic Multicultural Media Award)s were held on the 14th May 1998 at the Dorchester Hotel, London. The Awards were established as an independent political initiative, with no hidden commercial agenda or political strings attached. Even after four years of remarkable growth and success, maintaining its independence still remains a priority for EMMA.
Today, the Awards are appreciated as an important statement for Britain's ethnically varied society, raising universal awareness of the valuable contribution made by individuals and organisations from around the world to the most powerful industry in the western hemisphere: The Media.
This year Real World artist Daúde has been nominated for a 2004 EMMA in the Best World Music Act and you can support this extraordinary artist by voting for her.
The EMMA Awards can be seen on BBC 2 on Sunday 30 May at 10.45