Playlist Feature
Real World Records Label Spotlight
It's almost impossible to imagine world music without Real World. The legendary record label didn't invent the global music traditions it promotes, of course, or even the history of appreciating them from afar. But what Real World did do was create a cutting-edge studio and label, then invited musicians from around the world to record and share their cultural heritages with a larger audience. Over the years this has included greats like India's Shivkumar Sharma, Democratic Republic of Congo's Papa Wemba and China's Guo Brothers, among dozens of others.

Rocker-turned-international music connoisseur Peter Gabriel founded Real World in 1989 with the WOMAD music festival to build a home for the exciting international artists they were discovering. In the process, they helped introduce the world to some of its most recognizable musical icons: from Pakistani qawwali master Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to Indian-British experimentalist Sheila Chandra.

The label's ability to keep its finger on the pulse of global music has not dissipated over the decades. Take, for example, selections on this playlist such as "Nightwalk," from JuJu: the historic collaboration between British rocker Justin Adams and Gambian griot Juldeh Camara pulses with the soulful energy of multiple, criss-crossing musical currents. Or Celtic alt-rocker Pina's "Cold Storm," which will make your spine tingle. Or Samuel Yirga's moving, contemplative "Drop Me There, which showcased the Ethiopian jazz pianist's graceful skill and helped land his gorgeous debut Guzo on so many year-end best-of lists. These are not only some of Real World’s most exciting current artists, they're also some of the most buzzed-about names in world music today.

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Songs Album
Artist
1
Drop Me There Guzo
8:29
Samuel Yirga
2
Nightwalk In Trance
6:32
JuJu (Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara)
3
Entoto Dub A Town Called Addis
5:55
Dub Colossus
4
Haunted By Your Love Never Trust A Hippy
4:08
Adrian Sherwood
5
Cold Storm Quick Look
3:04
Pina
6
Pop   Lightbox
4:20
Spiro
7
The Day That You Were Born Invisible Fields
4:56
Iarla Ó Lionáird