Rise Up

Thomas Mapfumo and The Blacks Unlimited
Thomas Mapfumo, Zimbabwe's greatest living musician, in a minor key. 'Rise Up' review by Banning Eyre. I reached the Lion of… more »

Live 8 at Eden - Africa Calling

Various Artists
Most people will remember July 2nd 2005 as being the day that Bob Geldof put on his Live Aid hat with the grand aim of persuading world… more »

Delta Hardware

Charlie Musselwhite
Shot through with attitude, the songs on Delta Hardware feel rough-hewn and tough, just as they should for a guy "born in Mississippi … more »


Yungchen Lhamo
Among the world's great singers, there are a rare few who become the voice of a nation. After a decade of rapturous performances,… more »

Music, Food and Love

Guo Yue
The hauntingly aching music on this CD charts an evocative journey through the life of the musician, composer and cook Guo Yue. From his… more »


If Värttinä had never recorded another album after 'iki' in 2003 their achievement would have been momentous, an unrivalled… more »


Afro Celt Sound System
Anatomic: concerned with anatomy, concerned with dissection, related to the structure of an organism It's been ten years now since Afro… more »

LDA V The Lunatics

Los de Abajo
This, surely, is one of the more glorious moments in the history of clashes between global music styles. ...the best album they've made… more »

Invisible Fields

Iarla Ó Lionáird
"This album was always going to be different," he says. "I did it in my own house, with a tight team that I trusted. There are no club… more »

Guess You Got It

Guess You Got It - which was issued on PRE, a new Real World imprint - is crammed with songs that already sound like classics. With Pina… more »


Amjad Ali Khan
Indian classical music is still essentially an oral tradition handed down. That's why the lineage or the guru is all important. The teacher… more »

Atom Bomb

The Blind Boys Of Alabama
While the sound of traditional soul gospel is still unmistakably at its core, Atom Bomb, the group's latest album, includes The Blind Boys'… 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 »

Champagne And Grits

Little Axe
In 2004 Skip and his team found a new home at Real World Records and created 'Champagne & Grits' (featuring Shara Nelson and Chris Difford… 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 »


Daby Touré
Daby Touré's first album for Real World. The songs on the album tell of Daby's life, of the people around him and of the world in… more »

Street Signs

It is time for a revolution. It is time for another Ozomatli album. It is time for Street Signs The last time Los Angeles' beloved… 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 »

Go Tell It On The Mountain

The Blind Boys Of Alabama
Go Tell It On The Mountain is the first holiday theme album in the group's 60-year history, and their third release for Real World… more »


Charlie Musselwhite
On this latest musical excursion, Charlie Musselwhite explores the themes that have always charged the potency of the blues: loneliness,… more »