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Martyn Benett's GRIT to be released on Monday

Martyn Bennett is simply one of the most exciting, daring and innovative musicians working in Scotland today.

Grit, where deeply traditional Gaelic music meets unashamedly slamming breakbeats and 21st century production techniques.The result is brilliant - the freshest voice you have heard from Scotland in many years.

The record is not available until monday, but our feature is up now, so get ahead of the game and take a look have a listen and express your views in the forum.

Published 13th Oct 2003 »

Adrian Sherwood On Tour with Blur

Catch the extraordinary dub maestro supporting Blur on the UK dates of their forthcoming tour starting in Glasgow (Barrowlands) on 20 November and finishing in Bournemouth (International Centre) on 12 December. Full details of dates are on our tours section of the web site.

Published 10th Oct 2003 »

Brazilian soul sister Daúde releases her long-awaited new album

sensuous, danceable and sexy celebration of the modern Brazilian soul filtered through some expertly constructed loops and beasts, courtesy of UK producer Will Mowat, famous for his work with Soul II Soul. Altogether, a different vision of Brazilian music from the black pearl of Brazil.

Published 6th Oct 2003 »

Real World Records on Notes 16

Real world Notes 16 is now available as a hassle free, no subscription product in our store. Along with great articles on our releases from Daúde and Abdelli the issue is packed with news and Features on peter Gabriel, Real World and WOMAD.

The CD features previews of tracks from Daúde, Abdelli and the Afro Celts amongst it's 9 tracks and videos from Sevarra, Abdelli, Misty In Roots and Afro Celts amongst the ECD content.

Published 5th Oct 2003 »

Last Tickets Left for Afro Celts Show

The extraordinary live collective perform tomorrow (27 September) night at London’s Royal Festival Hall, South Bank. There are just a few tickets left. Show starts 7.30. Box Office Tel 020 7960 4201

Published 24th Sep 2003 »

Blind Boys of Alabama TV award

Dan Rather won a 2003 Salute To Excellence Award from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) for his high profile American TV programme "60 Minutes II" report, The Blind Boys," which profiled the gospel group from Alabama. Awards were presented Aug. 6.

Published 14th Aug 2003 »

The Kilkenny Arts Festival presents an extraordinary video and photographic sound installation by the Dublin-based artist, Anna Hill.  The exhibition, entitled ŒAuroral Synapse? sees Hill using low radio frequencies collected from the Aurora Borealis on a recent trip to Lapland. The audience?s breath will interact with projected video footage of this celestial phenomena.

In Spring of this year, Anna Hill journeyed to Finland where she documented and recorded ambient sounds, local musicians and singers and interviews with scientists studying the geo-physics of the aurora borealis. Her aim was to use the majesty, myth and actual sounds of one of the world?s most fascinating natural phenomena to consider the inter-connectedness of life, death and celestial events through sensory perception, interaction and human emotion. Presenting the work as a work-in-progress at the Tate Modern in May, Hill has since collaborated with the legendary vocalist Iarla O Lionaird to further develop the research into a wonderful exhibition which is on show at Grennan Mill, Thomastown, as part of this year?s Kilkenny Arts Festival.  

In a space devoted to her large format photographs (shot with a Hassleblad) and video projection of the Aurora and Lapland, a soundtrack built from a composition of O?Lionard?s voice, ambient recordings and low radio frequencies from the Aurora are designed to interact with the breath of the viewer - the deeper the breath, the faster and more intense the image of the Aurora. It is a fascinating example of human relationship with the natural world and the sublime.

"Auroral Synapse" at Grennan Mill, Thomastown. Saturday 9th - Sunday 17th August 2003. Admission Free.

Kilkenny Arts Festival 2003 - 8th - 17th August 2003
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Published 5th Aug 2003 »

Neguinha Te Amo Released on September 29th

Real World is delighted to announce the signing of the label’s first Brazilian artist.
To launch this South American star in the UK Daúde will be making her first ever live appearance at the WOMAD Festival in Rivermead, Reading (near London). She will be performing as a special last minute guest to announce her new album at 10.00pm as part of Club WOMAD accompanied by musicians including the great Webster Santos, the Brazilian guitarist who recorded her new album. If you’re coming to WOMAD don’t miss it!

To get a special advance taste of the album, listen to two tracks on this web site.

Published 23rd Jul 2003 »

“AFRO CELTS CHANGE FOR BETTER” - LA Times, July 12, 2003

Real World Records flagship artists the Afro Celts will play NYC's Central
Park SummerStage on Saturday, July 26, capping a US tour that’s drawing rave

The headline of Don Heckman’s July 12 live review in the LA Times proclaimed
“Renamed Afro Celts change for the better.”

Heckman’s review continued: “Afro Celt Sound System has established such a
solid artistic identity over the last decade that it was surprising when
the group announced recently that it would change both it’s name and it’s
style ... With the release of ‘Seed,’ the band presented itself as the Afro
Celts, reflecting a desire to maintain its core musical elements while
loosening the connection with technology ... The most notable distinctions
from past efforts seemed to be a reduction of DJ-like samples and
programming with an increased emphasis on interactive ensemble work ... by
the time the set fully unwound, guitarist and co-leader Simon Emmerson’s
assertion that the Afro Celts have “finally become a band” had been fully

Published 21st Jul 2003 »

AFRO CELTS: Announce Summer 2003 U.S. Tour

Groove-oriented mix of traditional African and Irish sounds on display at
summer festivals, including New York City's Central Park SummerStage

With critics hailing their fourth album 'Seed' (Real World Records) as a
major step forward in the group's ongoing evolution, the Afro Celts' will
launch a U.S. summer tour at the Santa Monica Pier on July 10. Afro Celts
will perform their signature combination of traditional Irish music fused
with African instruments, international rhythms and a patchwork of textured
electronics, at a number of summer festivals across the country this year,
including a show at NYC's Central Park SummerStage.

The line up for Afro Celts' summer 2003 tour includes: Simon Emmerson
(guitars, bazouki); James McNally (whistles, bodhran, keys, accordian,
guitar); Iarla O'Lionaird (vocals); N'Faly Kouyate (vocals, kora); Moussa
Sossokho (talking drum, djembe); Johnny Kalsi (percussion, dohl, tablas);
Emer Mayock (Uilleann pipes, flute); Miraed Nesbitt (fiddle); Ian Markin
(drums); Francis Hylton (electric bass).

Since the release of 'Seed' on March 25, 2003 critics have praised the
album's innovative approach to songcraft and instrumentation, along with its
intrinsically danceable grooves.

The Dallas Morning News's Gromer Jeffers, Jr. called the album, "defiantly
original," and predicted "cuts like 'Nevermore' and 'Green' will send
partygoers to the dance floor."

Detroit News and Free Press critic Martin Bandyke called the Afro Celts'
sound, "...An unusual but seamless blend of Irish and African music joined
to irresistible dance grooves... hypnotizingly beautiful music."

According to Global Rhythm's Marty Lipp, "The group's sprawling songs build
up momentum as they move through an array of soundscapes... Anyone with an
open mind could easily get carried away by the kaleidoscopic tapestry of

For full details of the dates check out 'Tours' on this website.

Published 17th Jun 2003 »

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