Since its inception in 1989, the Real World label has been home to some of the most forward-thinking, boundary-shaking music from around the globe. Founded by Peter Gabriel as a kind of recorded complement to his WOMAD festival, the label soon took on a life of its own, releasing records by giants like Tabu Ley Rochereau, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Jocelyn Pook and more. This sampler is a good place to start if you’re looking to discover the label’s all-encompassing sound.
By John Schaefer on 03.06.13 in Reviews
English composer Jocelyn Pook is best-known for her many film scores, including most of the key scenes in Stanley Kubrick's last movie, Eyes Wide Shut. But her finest works have been inspired by dance, including 1999's F...
By John Schaefer on 06.28.11 in Reviews
Flood is a haunted, dark-hued work about the end of the millennium — the first and the second. At the end of the first millennium, Europe produced a large body of art centered around the End of Days, which was the...
By Chris Nickson on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Believed by many to be one of the greatest singers of the 20th century, Nusrat sang Qawwali, the music of the Islamic Sufis. It's an art handed down from father to son (and had been in his family for hundreds of year...
By Keith Harris on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Tabu Ley Rochereau has long been hailed as the Congo's greatest modern vocalist, but curious parties here in the west have mostly had to accept his reputation on faith. The haphazardly selected compilations and peppy...