Lost Souls

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

Serious Tam

George Mamua Telek's songs and his hauntingly beautiful voice, traverse many musical styles capturing the spirit of the Tolai people of… more »

Dust To Gold

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (1948-1997) The title 'Dust To Gold' reflects upon Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's philosophy of life, as he considered… more »

I Could Read The Sky

Iarla Ó Lionáird
Music written for and inspired by the film of the same name. An old man, at the end of his life, remembers. Alone in his bedsit in London… more »

Voices of the Real World

Various Artists
"Of all the sounds that we hear, human beings have the broadest range of responses to the voice. From the first sounds we hear from our… more »

Walking On

Ananda Shankar
When lightning hit the Big Room at Real World on the last day of recording we knew the music would be electric. Ananda was born in… more »


'Expect the unexpected': what else could be the underlying motto of the Tama project than this true piece of Malian philosophy, taken from… more »

The Gate

Joji Hirota
Capturing the mastery and rhythmic grace of this outstanding Japanese contemporary multi-instrumentalist, emotional vocals interweave with… 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 »


Sydney based choir Martenitsa was formed by Mara Kiek in late 1990 with the assistance of the Australia Council's Performing Arts Board.… more »

One and One is One

Signing in 1997 to Real World, the only label Joi felt happy to be involved with long term, Joi released their critically acclaimed debut… more »


Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma
"...an unbelievable multiple orgasm climax." **** Q magazine, April 1999 Raga Janasammohini - a tranquil evening raga of serene and… more »

Black Rock

Djivan Gasparyan & Michael Brook
With these recordings, Djivan Gasparyan and Michael Brook have fashioned a unique musical hybrid. The duduk is prominently featured, as… more »


Papa Wemba
'Molokai' is Papa Wemba's third album with Real World, and also the name of his international band. This live studio performance from… more »


Various Artists
'Bliss' is an introduction to a more atmospheric and spiritual side of the Real World label. If the tracks selected for 'Bliss' are linked,… more »

The Seven Steps to Mercy

Iarla Ó Lionáird
Today, Iarla Ó Lionáird is the most exciting and innovative performer of Irish traditional unaccompanied song, as well as the haunting… more »

New Dawn

A circle of singers sit on decorated pillows, drinking sweet tea. The atmosphere is intense but relaxed as they slowly warm up, singing… more »

Big City Secrets

Joseph Arthur
Joseph Arthur was the first American musician signed to Real World Records. Big City Secrets, the 1997 debut album, introduced his… more »

Real Sugar

Paban Das Baul and Sam Mills
Paban Das Baul was born in 1961 in the village of Mohammedpur in the district of Murshidabad in West Bengal, India - land of a population… more »

The Gathering

Various Artists
This album was recorded live in Cork at Éigse Na Laoi 1995: The Gathering. Like good music which does not want to stop, its end was its… more »