Sevara Nazarkhan has been in London recently causing an excitable storm amongst press and radio stations. Her extraordinary live performances on air have intrigued and delighted all who hear them. Charlie Gillet, who has one of the most popular world music radio shows on BBC London, was overwhelmed by the positive response following Sevaras appearance on his show:
At exactly 9.20 pm on Saturday evening, all across London conversations paused, plates ceased rattling in kitchen sinks and small children mysteriously stopped crying. Sevara Nazarkhan told us her song 'Gazli' was about big love in the city, which gave us a clue, but who explain the extraordinary impact of this woman singing words we don't understand?
Accompanying herself on her doutar (a long, thin-necked, two-stringed instrument unique to Uzbekistan), Sevara gave us acoustic versions of two songs which have much fuller production (from Hector Zazou) on her new Real World album, Yol Bolsin. With a beguiling and mischievous presence to enhance her touching voice, Sevara will be back later this year for concert dates in London and at WOMAD, Reading. It feels safe to predict that she might be among the nominations at next year's Awards for World Music.
For listeners who missed this performance Sevara will be playing live
on Late Junction (BBC Radio 3) on Tuesday 11 March. The programme starts at
Pina's brand new album will be released with Real World Records on 29th April 2002.
It's already recieved great reviews, and we have a great feature too! You can listen to an album track, download free desktop wallpaper, grab a free MP3, watch Pina's performance at the Shepherds Bush Empire, read her own road diary, and much more.
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."
February 3 sees the release of ADFs new album Enemy of the Enemy
Asian Dub Foundation are 21st century MIDI warriors. Their distinctive sound is a combination of hard ragga-jungle rhythms, indo-dub basslines, searing sitar- inspired guitars and 'traditional' sounds gleaned from their parents' record collections, shot through with fast-chat conscious lyrics.
The beginning of 2002 saw long-time inspiration Adrian Sherwood come on board as executive producer of the new album, restoring focus to a project slightly derailed by the swapping of labels. Sherwood, amongst other things, brought in new producers/programmers such as Jaswad to contemporise some of the beats and sounds.
In the bands own words. Sonic: Adrian Sherwood is a hero for this band. Dr Das: Adrian was the first one to put the noise in dub. It seemed appropriate that he should come aboard. I really believe that ADF write good songs, and play great gigs, but even after seven years, we still had something to learn about controlling the mix. Were much more disciplined in the studio these days. Sonic: Making this record was a real pleasure. Its not always been that way.... Adrian took the tracks a long way, a lot further than we had initially imagined. And thats great. For example: 1000 Mirrors started off sounding more some kind of Hollywood cocktail music (laughs); Adrian took it into some heavy dub territory.
...the addition of Adrian Sherwood as a sort of sonic overseer is a master stroke; he does for ADF what the Bomb Squad did for Public Enemy
(The Independent, London 31.01.2003)
Check out the website : http://www.asiandubfoundation.com/
Sherwood will be supporting ADF at the Shepherds Bush Empire, London on February 21. Other support dates will follow in Germany and Japan.
Sherwoods first solo album Never Trust A Hippy will be released on Real World on February14 (Japan), 24 (Europe) and 25 (USA). Watch out for the launch of his website http://www.realworldrecords.com/ntah
The Afro Celt Sound System have won the BBC Radio 3 Listeners Poll Award and made a surprise finale appearance at the awards ceremony in London last night.
When Tracy Chapman appeared on Later With Jools Holland for BBC tv recently she was charmed by the performance from Pape and Cheikh who were on the same show performing songs from their new Real World album Mariama. As a result she has asked them to be her tour support on her forthcoming European dates. They begin on 31 January in Roubaix, France and continue to Oslo on 7 March. Additional dates in the UK are still to be confirmed for Pape and Cheikh. Full details of the tour can be found at http://www.about-tracy-chapman.net
Listen on -15 January BBC Radio 2 at 10pm
Sheila Chandra surveys the history of Asian music in Britain, reminding us how a folk dance called Bhangra was fist brought in by immigrants from the Punjab in the Fifties. It took me until I was 16 to appreciate the fundamental differences between Indian and Western music, she says. The Western variety is based on changes of chord , the Indian isnt one is extroverted, the other introverted.