The very best of what’s out there
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