30 – Real World at WOMAD

Various Artists

Released 30 July 2012

  1. Bakwetu - Papa Wemba
  2. Azmari Dub - Dub Colossus
  3. People Get Ready - The Blind Boys Of Alabama
  4. Ever So Lonely/Eyes/Ocean - Sheila Chandra
  5. Obiero - Ayub Ogada
  6. The Legend Of The Old Mountain Man - The Terem Quartet
  7. Spinner - Portico Quartet
  8. Abet Abet (Punt mix) - Samuel Yirga
  9. Waide Nayde - JuJu
  10. Believe - Ozomatli
  11. Nasikitika (I Regret) - Remmy Ongala
  12. Shadowman - Afro Celt Sound System
  13. Tiger Phone Card - Dengue Fever
  14. Fingers - Joi
  15. Extract - Drummers of Burundi
  16. Happiness Is... - Yungchen Lhamo
  17. Chilumi Kigumu / Tricky Voices - Zawose & Brook
  18. Tracery - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
  19. Makambo - Geoffrey Oryema
  20. Lubara Wanwa - Aurelio
  21. Ruidera - Orquesta Revé
  22. Hard Times - Little Axe
  23. Redemption's Son - Joseph Arthur
  24. Erkalab - Sevara Nazarkhan
  25. El Pescador - Totó La Momposina y sus Tambores
  26. Edem Chanté - The Creole Choir Of Cuba
  27. Dragonfly - Guo Yue
  28. Eleanor Plunkett - Iarla Ó Lionáird
  29. The City and the Stars - Spiro
  30. The Rhythm Of The Heat - Peter Gabriel

Various Artists

Liner notes

The symbiotic relationship between WOMAD and Real World Records was apparent from day one. When, in 1989, the record label was born, it immediately joined its seven-year-old big sister in the vanguard of introducing the world’s finest music to our ears.

The siblings’ alliance was —and still remains— a two-way street. Plenty of artists were signed to the label after first gracing the festival’s stages, while almost all of Real World’s roster have subsequently trod WOMAD’s boards at some point.

Both WOMAD and Real World are very much grown-up these days – the festival has now reached the stately age of 30. And this 30-track tribute is an assembly of those Real World artists who’ve been most closely connected with the festival over the last three decades— from the spirit-of-82 vibes of The Drummers of Burundi (along with Peter Gabriel’s ‘The Rhythm of the Heat’, premiered at the first festival all those years ago) right to the present with contributions from Spiro and Portico Quartet.

There have been so many fantastic records, so many unforgettable performances.

30 Real World at WOMAD is part of the Real World Gold series that’s unearthed classic recordings from the label’s vaults. And what treasure is being dusted off. Peter’s quite correct when he talks of “so many of the world’s great artists” passing through both organisations.

From Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to Afro Celt Sound System, Papa Wemba to the Blind Boys of Alabama, there have been so many fantastic records, so many unforgettable performances.

Further Listening

  • Real World 25

    Various Artists

    Released 29 September 2014

    Beautifully packaged clamshell box with 3 CD wallets, 28 page booklet containing the story of 25 Years of Real World Records, and a collection of Real World Tales with contributions from musicians, producers, designer and managers.

Further reading

Society of Sound: Richard Spaven

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A musical showcase at the top of the world

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Real World Sessions: Totó la Momposina, 20 August 1991

A look back on The Wood Room session with producer Phil Ramone and mix engineer Richard Blair.

A look back on Geoffrey Oryema’s 1993 video for ‘The River’

Marking the 25th anniversary of Beat The Border, the official video for 'The River' is now online.