30 - Real World At WOMAD

Various Artists
The symbiotic relationship between WOMAD and Real World Records was apparent from day one. When, in 1989, the record label was born, it… more »

Junkyard Hearts

Joseph Arthur
Two years on from Come To Where I'm From - and proving that he's ever his own man - Joseph released a quartet of EPs (under the… more »

En Mana Kuoyo

Ayub Ogada
Kenyan singer-songwriter Ayub Ogada was a busker on the Northern Line when he came to Real World's attention in the late 80s. And this… more »

Yol Bolsin

Sevara Nazarkhan
Buy Yol Bolsin on iTunes Sevara's acclaimed 2002 debut Yol Bolsin ('Where Are You Going') is a collection of traditional, folk and… 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 »

The Imagined Village

The Imagined Village
'Englishness is the final frontier of world music.' - Simon Emmerson, head man of The Imagined Village Every age re-invents the past… more »

Higher Ground

The Blind Boys Of Alabama
The Blind Boys of Alabama started singing together way, way back in 1938. A mere 64 years later, the gospel group recorded this… more »

Live at Real World

Drummers of Burundi
Through the darkness a low rumble intensifies from the back of the stage. Gradually a series of swaying figures glide into view, huge… more »

Rain of Blessings

Lama Gyurme
Lama Gyurme was named "Oumze" (Master of Music) during his first 3 years retreat for the simple reason that his voice is an incredibly… more »

Volume 2: Release

Afro Celt Sound System
Three years on and over 200,000 record sales from the release of the critically acclaimed debut "Volume 1: Sound Magic", Afro Celt… more »


Papa Wemba
By the time he recorded 'Emotion', his second album for Real World, Congolese band-leading legend Papa Wemba had made somewhere in the… more »

Volume 1 - Sound Magic

Afro Celt Sound System
The sound of the past transforming into the future. Sound Magic, was released on 15 July 1996, and was the first fruit of a… more »

Mustt Mustt

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
The late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is today acknowledged as the great master of Qawwali who popularised this beautiful and inspirational… more »


Geoffrey Oryema
Politics, particularly the politics of repression, are familiar as raw material for the singer-songwriter, but few have had the… more »


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 »

City of Glass LV Remix / Window Seat Will Ward (Circle Traps) Remix

Portico Quartet
Portico Quartet's second single from their recently released self-titled album, features mixes of two standout tracks, with close… more »


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

Dub Me Tender

Dub Colossus
Following the critical success of Dub Colossus' second album, "Addis Through the Looking Glass" (March 2011), and two fantastic shows at… more »


Portico Quartet
Portico Quartet's critically acclaimed self-titled third album saw the band branch out into new sonic territories. Their new, richly… more »

Portico Quartet

Portico Quartet
Mercury nominated East Londoners release their third, self-titled, album. Portico Quartet have expanded to embrace new sonic… more »