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Eng­land pro­vided a ru­ral haven for mu­si­cians, many of whom, de­spite great renown in their home coun­tries and tri­umphant per­for­mances at Wo­mad, strug­gled to find any sort of record­ing deal in the West.

Cross-cul­tural col­lab­o­ra­tions were de rigueur, and the ex­cite­ment and cre­ative po­ten­tial aris­ing from the min­gling of artists there is pal­pa­ble in the “Tales from Real mu­si­cal aware­ness for many. The Blind Boys of Alabama (above) achieved their in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion with their al­bums on Real World.

More re­cent high­lights in­clude the Ethio-Dub grooves of Dub Colos­sus and the re­mark­able trans­for­ma­tion of English folk with the beats and rhythms of The Imag­ined Vil­lage. Among the popular favourites are Sheila

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