The Bairns

Rachel Unthank and The Winterset
Described as "a bewitching, dream-like, down-to-earth masterpiece," The Bairns is already a classic. With their lilting Geordie accents,… more »

Music of the Himalayas

Rahul Sharma
Let's pretend it's still September 2000. A 27-year-old santoor player called Rahul Sharma is touring as principal soloist with a trio of… more »

Mambo

Remmy Ongala
Remmy Ongala and the band in sparkling form at the 1991 Real World Recording Week. A soulful and uplifting set, nurtured and given space by… more »

Songs for the Poor Man

Remmy Ongala
Known as "The Doctor", Remmy Ongala is based in Dar es Salaam with his band, Orchestre Super Matimila. In Tanzania, Remmy's popularity… more »

A Better Destiny

Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali
The new album from Rizwan-Muazam Qawwali Group - the youngest and most exciting group of Qawwali singers to emerge from Pakistan over the… more »

Day Of Colours

Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali
When the unforgettable qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan died in Pakistan in 1997, he left a musical vacuum into which stepped his two… more »

Sacrifice to Love

Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali
Qawwali, an Arabic word meaning "utterance", is the devotional music of the Sufis of Pakistan and India, the mystics of the Islamic… more »

Island of Ghosts

Rossy
Of all the musicians performing in Madagascar today, it is Rossy who most capably captures the spirit of his island in music. He is the… more »

Dead Men Don't Smoke Marijuana

S.E. Rogie
Floating from the bars of Sierra Leone comes palm wine music. With his mellow baritone and acoustic guitar, Rogie weaves gentle melodies… more »

Ya Habib

Sabri Brothers
'O Beloved' is the translated title of this classic Qawwali album by a classic Qawwali ensemble. The Sabri Brothers are Pakistan's best… more »

Guzo

Samuel Yirga
Guzo is the debut release of young Ethiopian pianist Samuel Yirga. Against the odds, Samuel found his way to music school in Addis Ababa… more »

I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun

Samuel Yirga
A reworking of the 1970s psychedelic soul classic 'I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun' taken from Samuel Yirga's forthcoming debut album 'Guzo'… more »

Hagere

Samuel Yirga
Hagere is Samuel Yirga's debut solo release, showcasing Samuel's playing both bold and sensitive, often improvised, always deeply… more »

Yol Bolsin

Sevara Nazarkhan
Sevara's acclaimed 2002 debut Yol Bolsin ('Where Are You Going') is a collection of traditional, folk and peasant songs from… more »

[sen]

Sevara Nazarkhan
Sen - which means 'you' in Uzbek - sees the irrepressible, ever curious artist leaping boldly into contemporary writing and production.… more »

ABoneCroneDrone

Sheila Chandra
This album, the third in the trilogy for Real World, gives you the fullest access possible to Chandra's imagination - the melodies are in… more »

The Zen Kiss

Sheila Chandra
An extraordinary exploration of vocal power and potential. "With a dexterous tonal range that's as bright as lightening and bold as a… more »

Moonsung

Sheila Chandra
Starting off with a reprise of Ever So Lonely, the Top 20 pop hit she had as a teenager with her band Monsoon, Moonsung gathers… more »

Weaving My Ancestors' Voices

Sheila Chandra
Sheila Chandra is the only Asian singer to have had mainstream chart success in the UK in the 1980s. 'Ever So Lonely', Monsoon's Top… more »

Voices from the Distant Steppe

Shu-de
From deep in central Asia comes a unique recording of traditional Tuvan "throat-singing". Poignant and intimate folk songs and ritual… more »

Hotel Juicy Parlour

Sizer Barker
Liverpool, late spring, 1996. Carl Brown is walking through a cemetery with a friend, a dog and a headful of songs when his attention is… more »

Lost Souls

Spaccanapoli
From the streets of Naples, Spaccanapoli are the inheritors of a tradition that has existed for centuries, but nurtured today by the tough… more »

Kalashnik Love

Speed Caravan
"I've always had this rage that I need to express." Mehdi Haddab sits back, rests his electric oud on his lap. "Rage against, I don't… more »

The Vapourer

Spiro
New six-track mini album of Moog synthesizer mixes by Adrian Utley (Portishead) - which transport Spiro's music to an ethereal place… more »

Lightbox

Spiro
Lightbox is Spiro's first album for Real World Records - an extraordinarily stirring record. Recorded over four days at Real World Studios… more »

Kaleidophonica

Spiro
Kaleidophonica is the follow-up to Spiro's much-praised Real World album Lightbox, but it's different, says mandolin-player Alex Vann… more »

Tana Tani

State of Bengal Vs Paban Das Paul
'Tana Tani' plunges Paban into the dub-heavy melee of the British Asian breakbeat scene, where his ecstatic, smoky vocals soar over… more »

The Road To Damascus

Syriana
The Road to Damascus begins in London, when Nick "Dubulah" Page and Syrian Qanun player, Abdullah Chhadeh, finally get around to starting a… more »

Al Bidayeh

Syriana
It is said that Damascus - old Damascus, the 7,000-year-old capital of Syria - is a bit like a veiled woman who keeps her beauty hidden.… more »

A Life In Film

Syriana
Syriana - A Life in Film Vinyl features 4 exclusive remixed tracks, 1 new track Ipiros, and 2 tracks from the album. Side A Syriana… more »

Al Samah

Syriana
Syriana's 'Al Samah' - combining the best of digital and analogue technology A digital EP featuring four tracks currently available only… more »