Peter Gabriel’s Real World Re-launches


Classic titles en route from Joseph Arthur,
Blind Boys of Alabama,
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (pictured above), Michael Brook and others.

By Blurt Staff

Since its founding by Peter Gabriel in 1989 – springing from the early WOMAD
festivals – Real World Records has evolved into one of the foremost and most
highly respected labels of diverse, world-class music from around the globe. The
label’s catalog now numbers nearly 200 titles, many of which have been out of
print for some time in the U.S.


Enter Real World Gold, a series of classic catalog re-issues
being launched this fall by Real World/Entertainment One — along with a string
of new releases. See a list of some of the initial titles, below.


About the new partnership, Real World label manager Amanda
Jones states, “Real World is delighted to be back in the hands of true music
enthusiasts. Over the last 20 years we have created what we feel is a unique
collection of diverse and wonderful music from many corners of the world. eOne
is part of the still-vibrant indie community in North America
and we are excited to be working together with them to keep the sounds of Real
World out there.”


The Real World Gold series kicks off on September
25 with two catalog gems by American artists — The Blind Boys of Alabama’s
first Grammy winner, Spirit of the
(featuring David Lindley, John Hammond and Charlie Musselwhite) and
alt-rock singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur’s Come
To Where I’m From
– followed on October 2nd by genre-bending Indo-UK
songstress Sheila Chandra’s beloved retrospective collection, Moonsung. Also set for October 2nd
release is Go Tell It On The Mountain,
the Grammy-winning Christmas album bThe Blind Boys of Alabama.

On October 16, the label will roll out two titles from the late, legendary
Pakistani qawwali master Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Mustt Mustt and his acclaimed collaboration with Canadian
guitarist/composer Michael Brook, Night

Two African releases are set for October 30 – Uganda’s Geoffrey Oryema with Exile, and Congolese star
Papa Wemba’s standout, Emotion.

Also coming this fall
from Real World are four new releases making their U.S. debut:

September 25: GUZO, the debut solo
album by young Ethiojazz piano prodigy Samuel Yirga

October 2: JUNKYARD HEARTS by Joseph Arthur – four EPs sold only on his 2002

October 16: IN TRANCE by JuJu – Robert Plant guitarist Justin Adams &
Gambian griot virtuoso Juldeh Camara, in their second collaboration

October 30: ADDIS THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS by Ethiopian all-star collective
Dub Colossus, the brainchild of Nick Page (aka Dubulah, of TransGlobal
Underground and Temple of Sound acclaim)

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