Running Still

Charlie Winston
"My sole objective on the album Running Still was to be able to engage people's feet first and slowly rise to the mind," says Charlie… more »

Steepless ft. Cornelia

Portico Quartet
Taken from their recent album, Portico Quartet, Steepless is the band's first vocal collaboration and features the East London based… more »


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 »

Night Song

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Michael Brook
The great - and ridiculously prolific - Pakistani qawwali singer had already recorded half a dozen albums for Real World when he… more »

Volume 3 : Further In Time

Afro Celt Sound System
When Simon Emmerson began to piece together the Afro Celt Sound System in 1992 he had no idea where the journey would take him. But… more »

The Journey

Maryam Mursal
The journey of this 1998 record's title is a very literal one, as experienced by Maryam Mursal and her five children when they… 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 London's Northern Line when he came to Real World's attention in the late 80s. And… more »

Come To Where I'm From

Joseph Arthur
In its pursuit of unearthing previously unheard music from the planet's four corners, Real World has never ignored Western rock and… 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 »

Coming Home

Yungchen Lhamo
Freedom has a special savour in the mouth of an exile. For Yungchen Lhamo, a singer who fled Tibet nine years ago to make her way in… more »

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 »

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 »

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 »


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 »

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 »

Volume 1 - Sound Magic

Afro Celt Sound System
The sound of the past transforming into the future. Volume 1 - Sound Magic, was released on 15 July 1996, and was the first fruit of… 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 »

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 »