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The Afro-Celt Sound System has finalized the details of its fourth Real World Records album. "Seed," due for release on March 25, is the group's first release to be put out under the streamlined name the Afro Celts, and will feature guest performances from experimental bassist Jah Wobble, Irish fiddler Eileen Ivers, and flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook, among others.
"Seed" finds the genre-jumping collective further exploring acoustic and organic instrumentation. The 10-track set was recorded at their newly occupied home studio of Britannia Row in London (Pink Floyds old home) with key members Simon Emmerson (guitar), James McNally (keyboards), Iarla O'Lionaird (vocals), and Martin Russell (keyboards, programming), yet as is the group's norm, their is whole selection of guests on each track. Irish singer Mundy, and backing vocalists Valerie Etienne and Michelle John-Douglas (Ms. Dynamite) are among the higher-profile contributors.
The Afro Celts will be touring in Europe and the USA over the spring and summer. Iarla O'Lionaird is due to perform in March at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.
"We mixed and arranged the record as we would play it live,"
says Simon Emmerson. "It's taken seven years of gigging to get here and develop a
musical language of our own. It's very hard to listen to our music and say
what genre it fits in. It's just Afro Celts."