Rupert Hine (1947 – 2020)

We were saddened to learn of the death of musician, songwriter and producer Rupert Hine last week. Rupert's career in the music industry has spanned five decades, during which time he worked with many of the biggest names in rock music, including Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, Bob Geldof and Howard Jones. He has also spent time working at Real World Studios throughout the years.

We were lucky enough to have Rupert participate in the 1991 Real World Recording Week when he produced the Tanzanian artist Remmy Ongala’s second album Mambo. He also recorded several of our artists for the BBC music documentary One World, One Voice— a globe-trotting BBC documentary intended to raise awareness of environmental issues.

After learning about Rupert’s death, Peter Gabriel posted the following message:

“Very sad to learn of Rupert Hine’s death. He has been an ally and friend of ours for so many years — a warm and wonderful musician who has guided many wonderful records and performances from musicians of all sorts of styles and backgrounds. His irrepressible, generous and patient enthusiasm has lit up many a studio and will be badly missed.”

Remmy Ongala & Rupert Hine in Tanzania. Photo credit: Stephen W Tayler.

During Real World Recording Week 1991, Rupert collaborated with musicians from different parts of the world on the track ‘Find Myself’ which is included on A Week or Two In The Real World — a compilation album documenting some of the music created during Recording Week 1991 and 1992. Artists performing on the track with him included Joji Hirota, Mussa Hamisi Magomba (from Orchestre Super Matimila), Geoffrey Oryema, Sheila Chandra and Mari Boine Persen.

Our thoughts are with Rupert’s family and friends during this sad time.

Rupert Hine (21 September 1947 – 4 June 2020)

Real World Recording Week

  • A Week Or Two In The Real World

    Various Artists

    Released 03 July 1994

    This album is the second of two volumes of music culled from the legendary Real World Recording Weeks of 1991 and 1992. It features fascinating musical encounters between established and lesser-known artists from across the world.

By Online Editor

Main image: Rupert Hine and Remmy Ongala. Photo credit: Stephen W Tayler.

Published on Tue, 09 June 20

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