Category:Real World Records artists
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The following 67 pages are in this category, out of 67 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. World music – The term was popularized in the 1980s as a marketing category for non-Western traditional music. Globalization has facilitated the expansion of world musics audiences and scope and it has grown to include hybrid subgenres such as world fusion, global fusion, ethnic fusion, and worldbeat. To enhance the process of learning, he invited more than a dozen visiting performers from Africa and Asia, the term became current in the 1980s as a marketing/classificatory device in the media and the music industry. There are several conflicting definitions for world music, one is that it consists of all the music in the world, though such a broad definition renders the term virtually meaningless. The term also is taken as a classification of music that combines Western popular music styles with one of many genres of music that are also described as folk music or ethnic music. However, world music is not exclusively traditional folk music and it may include cutting edge pop music styles as well. Succinctly, it can be described as music from out there. It is a nebulous term with an increasing number of genres that fall under the umbrella of world music to capture musical trends of combined ethnic style and texture. As a result, definitions of the genre have become particularly varied, similar terminology between distinctly different sub-categories under primary music genres, such as world, rock and pop can be as ambiguous and confusing to industry moguls as it is to consumers. In a report on the 2014 globalFEST National Public Radios Anastasia Tsioulcas said Even within the music community. Whats more, I believe that in peoples imaginations, world music means a kind of fairly awful, gloppy, hippy-ish. Its a problematic, horrible term that satisfies absolutely no one, the Breton musician Alan Stivell pioneered the connection between traditional folk music, modern rock music and world music with his 1972 album Renaissance of the Celtic Harp. At this time, Stivells contemporary, Welsh singer-songwriter Meic Stevens popularised Welsh folk music, more recently, other Welsh-language bands such as Calan and 9 Bach have achieved international acclaim. The broad category of music includes isolated forms of ethnic music from diverse geographical regions. These dissimilar strains of music are commonly categorized together by virtue of their indigenous roots. World fusion / Worldbeat / Ethnic fusion / Global fusion can also blend specific indigenous sounds with more blatant elements of Western pop. Depending on style and context, world music can sometimes share the music genre. Good examples are Tibetan bowls, Tuvan throat singing, Gregorian chant or Native American flute music, World music blended with new-age music is a sound, loosely classified as the hybrid genre, ethnic fusion
2. Peter Gabriel – After leaving Genesis in 1975, Gabriel launched a solo career with Solsbury Hill as his first single. His 1986 album, So, is his release and is certified triple platinum in the UK. The albums most successful single, Sledgehammer, won a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, Gabriel has been a champion of world music for much of his career. He co-founded the WOMAD festival in 1982 and he has continued to focus on producing and promoting world music through his Real World Records label. He has also pioneered digital distribution methods for music, co-founding OD2, Gabriel has also been involved in numerous humanitarian efforts. In 1980, he released the anti-apartheid single Biko and he has participated in several human rights benefit concerts, including Amnesty Internationals Human Rights Now. Tour in 1988, and co-founded the Witness human rights organisation in 1992, Gabriel developed The Elders with Richard Branson, which was launched by Nelson Mandela in 2007. He was made a BMI Icon at the 57th annual BMI London Awards for his influence on generations of music makers, AllMusic has described Gabriel as one of rocks most ambitious, innovative musicians, as well as one of its most political. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010, in March 2015 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of South Australia in recognition of his achievements in music. Peter Brian Gabriel was born in Chobham, Surrey and his father, Ralph Parton Gabriel, was an electrical engineer, and his mother, Edith Irene, who was from a musical family, taught him to play the piano at an early age. His great-great-great-uncle, Sir Thomas Gabriel, 1st Baronet, served as Lord Mayor of London from 1866 to 1877, Gabriel attended Cable House, a private primary school in Woking, St. Andrews Prep School in Horsell, and Charterhouse School in Godalming from 1963. He played drums in his first rock bands, and Mike Rutherford commented in 1985 that Pete was—and still is, Gabriel founded Genesis in 1967 with fellow Charterhouse School pupils Tony Banks, Anthony Phillips, Mike Rutherford, and drummer Chris Stewart. The name of the band was suggested by fellow Charterhouse alumnus, the pop music impresario Jonathan King, Gabriel has said to be influenced by many different sources in his way of singing, such as Family lead singer Roger Chapman. In 1970, he played the flute on Cat Stevenss album, the concerts made extensive use of black light with the normal stage lighting subdued or off. Early Genesis concerts were hampered by a bad public address system made it difficult for audiences to understand what Gabriel was singing. According to Mike Rutherford, this drove Gabriel to find ways to impress his personality on the audience. In an episode of the 2007 British documentary series Seven Ages of Rock and it was the dress-wearing, fox-headed entity immortalised on the cover of Foxtrot. Hackett and the rest of the band had no inkling that Gabriel was going to do this and it was a success, encouraging Gabriel to continue wearing stage clothes while singing
3. Mari Boine – Mari Boine, previously known as Mari Boine Persen, née Mari Boine Olsen is a Norwegian Sami musician known for having added jazz and rock to the yoiks of her native people. Gula Gula was her breakthrough release, and she continued to record popular albums throughout the 1990s, in 2008, she was appointed Professor of musicology at Nesna University College. Boine was born and raised in Gámehisnjárga, a village on the river Anarjohka in Karasjok municipality in Finnmark and they made a living from salmon fishing and farming. The local school that Boine attended reflected a different world from her familys. All the teaching was in Norwegian, as Boine grew up, she started to rebel against the prejudiced attitude of being an inferior Lappish woman in Norwegian society. When Boines album Gula Gula was first released on Peter Gabriels RealWorld label in July 1990, its front cover showed an image of the tundra of the far north. Boine was asked to perform at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Boines songs are strongly rooted in her experience of being in a despised minority. Boines other songs are more positive, often singing of the beauty, the title track of Gula Gula asks the listener to remember that the earth is our mother. Boine sings in a folk style, using the yodelling yoik voice, with a range of accompanying instruments. Rootsworld, interviewing Boine in 2002, described her as an unofficial Sami cultural ambassador, lets see a keyboards hard drive do that. In 2003, Boine was awarded the Nordic Council Music Prize and she was appointed knight, first class in the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav for her artistic diversity on 18 September 2009. On 7 October 2012, Boine was appointed as a statsstipendiat, an artist with national funding, Boine has received other awards as follows, Jaskatvuođa maŋŋá / Etter stillheten / After the Silence A.1. Koffor E Det Sa Stille B.4, mu Ustit, Eŋgeliid Sogalaš Davvi Bávttiin Lottáš Diamántta Spáillit Geasuha Áfruvvá Uldda Nieida Big Medicine Kautokeino-opprøret Soundtrack from the film Kautokeino-opprøret
4. Ben Harper – Benjamin Chase Ben Harper is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Harper plays a mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock music and is known for his guitar-playing skills, vocals, live performances. He has released twelve studio albums, mostly through Virgin Records and has toured internationally. Harper is a three-time Grammy Award winner, with awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album in 2005, Harper was born in Pomona, California. His father, Leonard, was of African-American and possibly Cherokee ancestry and his maternal great-grandmother was a Russian-Lithuanian Jew. His parents divorced when he was five years old, and he grew up with his mothers family, Harper has two brothers, Joel and Peter. Harper began playing guitar as a child, in 1978, at the age of 9, Harper attended Bob Marleys performance in Burbank, California where Marley was joined by former bandmate Peter Tosh for the encore. It was, according to Harper, an important influence, at the age of 12, Harper played his first gig. During the 1980s, in his teen years, Harper began to play the slide guitar, Harper refined his style, taking up the Weissenborn slide guitar. Harper broke out of the Inland Empire after being offered an invitation by Taj Mahal to tour with the artist and they recorded Taj Mahals album Follow the Drinking Gourd, released in November 1990, and toured Hawaii. In 1992, Harper recorded the LP Pleasure and Pain with Folk multi-instrumentalist Tom Freund, after this limited edition record, Harper secured a lifetime record deal with Virgin Records, which released his debut album, Welcome to the Cruel World in 1994. This allowed him to be invited at the Rencontres Trans Musicales of Rennes in France in December 1993 where he went up for the first time on a large stage. The first album was followed by Fight For Your Mind in 1995, with Juan Nelson on bass, which became a college radio favorite and included several songs that Harper still plays live regularly. In 1999, at the Santa Barbara Bowl, Harper met Jack Johnson and sent a tape of Johnsons songs to his producer, J. P. Plunier. Early in Harpers career, his music received attention in Europe and was widely played in Australia. Harper has made comments on a number of occasions that his career was kicked off in Australia, in 2002, Harper was one of the featured singers covering Motown hits by Marvin Gaye in the documentary, Standing in the Shadows of Motown. On April 3,2004, Harper and Jack Johnson performed with Toots and the Maytals on Saturday Night Live, a show hosted by Donald Trump. In October 2004, Harper participated in the Vote for Change concert tour organized to benefit Moveon. org and encourage people in the swing states to vote during the 2004 U. S. presidential election
5. The Holmes Brothers – The Holmes Brothers were an American musical trio originally from Christchurch, Virginia. Mixing sounds from blues, soul, gospel, country, and rhythm & blues, they have released twelve studio albums and they have gained a following by playing regularly at summer folk, blues, gospel, and jazz festivals. They won the Blues Music Award from the Memphis-based Blues Foundation for Band of the Year in 2005, USA Today calls The Holmes Brothers’ music Rootsy R&B, gospel and country. They are glorious, full of soul and surprises. The New Yorker says, “The Holmes Brothers are capable of awesome achievements. ”National Public Radio adds, “Their voices are rough enough for a joint and smooth enough for church. ”Sherman and Wendell Holmes were born and raised in Christchurch. They both sang in the church choir, Sherman studied clarinet and piano before taking up the bass, while Wendell learned trumpet, organ and guitar. Sherman studied composition and music theory at Virginia State University, but in 1959, he dropped out and his younger brother Wendell joined him after completing high school. The two brothers played in a few bands before forming The Sevilles in 1963, the group lasted only three years, but they often backed up touring blues and soul acts such as artists like The Impressions, John Lee Hooker and Jerry Butler, gaining experience. After The Sevilles disbanded, Sherman, Wendell and a fellow Virginian, drummer Popsy Dixon, Wendell also toured with Inez and Charlie Foxx until 1979. Sherman, Wendell, and Popsy convened in the form of a new group known as the Holmes Brothers in 1979, the three share vocals, with Sherman playing bass, Wendell on guitar and piano, and Popsy on drums. The band frequently plays with musicians as well. The trio moved from their hometown of Christchurch, Virginia to Harlem where they performed at blues clubs, most notably Dan Lynchs. Here the Holmes Brothers formed working relationships with future stars such as Joan Osborne. The group signed with Rounder Records in 1989 and released their first album In the Spirit the following year, four subsequent albums would be recorded for the label. In 1992, the Holmes Brothers were signed to Peter Gabriels Real World Records as the first American act on the world music label. In the mid 1990s the group performed with Van Morrison and recorded the soundtrack to the independent film Lotto Land, in 1997, they were hired by Joan Osborne as her backing band for a tour supporting Bob Dylan. In 1998 the trio accompanied Freddie Roulette on his album, Spirit of Steel, in 2001, the Holmes Brothers signed with Alligator Records. Their first album for the label was the critically acclaimed Speaking in Tongues, produced by Joan Osborne
6. The Unthanks – The Unthanks are an English folk group known for their eclectic approach in combining traditional English folk, particularly Northumbrian folk music, with other musical genres. Their debut album, Cruel Sister, was MOJO magazines Folk Album of the Year in 2005, of their subsequent albums, seven have received four or five-starred reviews in the British national press. Their follow-up album, The Bairns, released on 20 August 2007, was nominated for the Best Album award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2008 and was runner-up for the 2008 Mercury Prize. The album debuted in the UK Top 200 Albums Chart at number 178 in the week after the Mercury Prize award ceremony, reviewing The Bairns for BBC Music, Mel Ledgard described it as an album with a cinematic quality, huge in dramatic atmosphere. In a four-starred review, Robin Denselow of The Guardian nominated it as one of the records of the year. The band were nominated for three further BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2008, and were successful in one category, receiving the Horizon Award at the ceremony in The Brewery, London. In 2009, the became the Unthanks, and their manager Adrian McNally. Heres the Tender Coming, their album, was released on 14 September 2009. It was Folk Album of the Year for The Guardian and also for Mojo magazine, sid Smith, of BBC Music, described it as an astonishing record, beautiful”, “haunting”, and “beguiling. In a four-starred review for The Guardian, Colin Irwin said, This album may not be quite as bleak as The Bairns, and the sound is more sophisticated, tracks build slowly and mysteriously, but all are in service of the song. Their arrangement of the title track − a traditional song about the devastation wrought by press gangs − brilliantly encapsulates the storys fraught desperation. In his review for the Sunday Express, Martin Townsend proclaimed it a gorgeously unhurried, thomas H Green of The Daily Telegraph said it was string-laden and luscious but also delicate, wistful and melancholy. Robin Denselow, for The Guardian, described it as a bold, sid Smith, for BBC Music, said that Proving once again that sad songs are very often the best, their fourth album is brimming with material that is as haunting as it is beautiful. Writing in NME, Anthony Thornton said that the album proves the mix of Rachel and Becky’s voices to be one of the true wonders of 21st-century music. As well as material, the album included a song written by band member Adrian McNally. The concerts were recorded, and The Songs of Robert Wyatt and Antony & The Johnsons, in a four-starred review, The Observer called the album A triumphant excursion. A live album, based on these concerts, was released in July 2012, in a four-starred review, Robin Denselow of The Guardian described the album as the Unthanks boldest experiment yet. In a five-starred review, Martin Townsend in the Daily Express said it was easily the band’s best and most mature album to date, the album was designated Vol.2 in the Unthanks Diversions series and followed on from Vol.1
7. Joseph Arthur – Joseph Arthur is an American singer-songwriter and artist from Akron, Ohio, United States. He is best known for his material, and as a member of Fistful of Mercy. Arthur was discovered by Peter Gabriel in the mid-1990s, and signed to Gabriels Real World label as the first North American artist on the labels roster. Arthur released his album, Big City Secrets, and follow-up, Come to Where Im From. He established his own label, Lonely Astronaut Records, in 2006. Arthur subsequently returned to performing and recording as a solo artist, releasing The Graduation Ceremony in 2011, in 2013, Arthur started a Pledge Music campaign to fund the release of his tenth studio album, The Ballad of Boogie Christ. The album was released on June 11,2013, Arthur is also an acclaimed painter and designer. His artwork has graced the sleeves of his discography, the sleeve design for his 1999 extended play Vacancy was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package. Joseph began writing and playing music in his teens, after inheriting an electronic keyboard from his aunt. At age 16, he played bass in a band called Frankie Starr and the Chill Factor. Initially, Arthur sought to become a bass guitarist, stating. I remember thinking, ‘OK – I am not a singer, I am a musician. ’ I wanted to be this like heroic bass player so I listened to people like Jaco Pastorius, to Bitches Brew over and over again. And then like Nirvana came out and I was blown away, around that time I started playing acoustic guitar and realized I could actually write songs if I wasnt playing complicated bass lines. Joseph graduated from Firestone High School in 1990 and continued developing his music, in the early 1990s, Arthur relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, continuing to record home demos, playing local clubs and working as a guitar salesman at Clark Music Store. In 1996, Peter Gabriels A&R associate Harvey Schartz presented Gabriel with a demo of Arthurs first EP, Cut, Gabriel and Schwartz arranged a live audition at The Fez nightclub in New York City, and Arthur flew up from Atlanta. The night was a success, not only was Lou Reed a guest in the audience, Arthur recorded his debut album at Gabriels Real World Studios in England with producer Markus Dravs. The debut album Big City Secrets was released worldwide in spring 1997, two years later, he recorded an EP called Vacancy, which earned him a Grammy nomination in 2000 for best recording package. In April 2000, Arthur released his studio album Come to Where Im From
8. Dengue Fever (band) – Dengue Fever is an American band from Los Angeles who combine Cambodian pop music and lyrics with psychedelic rock. The band was formed in 2001 by Ethan Holtzman and his brother Zac after Ethan was inspired by a trip to Cambodia. As Ethan and Zac were searching for a vocalist to sing in Khmer, Zac is a vocalist and guitarist, formerly with Dieselhed, while Ethan plays the Farfisa organ. Rounding out the band are bassist Senon Williams, drummer Paul Smith and their self-titled debut album was released in 2003. All lyrics on the albums are sung in Khmer, while the third album introduces some songs in English. In 2005, the band toured Cambodia during the Bon Om Thook water festival, the documentary film Sleepwalking Through the Mekong documents the bands touring in Phnom Penh and other major Cambodian cities. There, singer Chhom Nimol, whose family included renowned singers from the 1970s onward, reconnected with the Cambodian fanbase, many of whom remembered the heyday of Cambodian rock from that era. The trip was an experience for the rest of the band as they performed with master musicians and recorded new songs along the way. The film also reveals aspects of modern Cambodia, as the crosses a cultural chasm with the same spirit as Cambodias original rock pioneers. Also in 2005, their album, Escape from Dragon House, was released. Escape from Dragon House was one of Amazon. coms Top 100 Editors Picks of 2005 and it was re-released on limited edition colored vinyl on August 26,2008. In June 2008, Real World Records released Venus On Earth in all territories outside of the U. S. they’re California based but have taken 60’s Cambodian pop as their main source of inspiration and it’s done with a lot of style. Venus On Earth was selected as one of the best world music records of 2008 by the iTunes Store, dengue Fever has entered into partnerships with a number of charitable organizations to support causes in Cambodia. The group also compiled a collection of Cambodian rock music from the pre-Khmer Rouge era, entitled Electric Cambodia, all proceeds from this album were dedicated to Cambodian Living Arts. Dengue Fever were winners of the 8th annual Independent Music Awards for best World Fusion Album. One Thousand Tears of a Tarantula was included on the soundtrack for the season finale of the Showtime series Weeds. The bands Khmer cover of Joni Mitchells Both Sides Now was included on the soundtrack of Matt Dillons 2002 film set in Cambodia, seeing Hands was used as the theme tune to the 2008 UK television series Sanchez Get High. Escape From Dragon House was featured in the episode of True Blood
9. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, was a Pakistani musician, primarily a singer of Qawwali, the devotional music of the Sufis. He possessed a range of vocal abilities and could perform at a high level of intensity for several hours. Extending the 600-year old Qawwali tradition of his family, Khan is widely credited with introducing Qawwali music to international audiences and he is popularly known as Shahenshah-e-Qawwali, meaning The King of Kings of Qawwali. Born in Faisalabad, Khan had his first public performance at the age of 16 and he became the head of the family qawwali party in 1971. He was signed by Oriental Star Agencies, Birmingham, England, Khan went on to release movie scores and albums in Europe, India, Japan, Pakistan and the US. He engaged in collaborations and experiments with Western artists, becoming a world music artist. He toured extensively, performing in over 40 countries, before partition, his family lived in their ancestral house at Basti Sheikh, Jalandhar. He was the child and first son of Fateh Ali Khan, a musicologist, vocalist, instrumentalist. Khans family, which included four sisters and a younger brother, Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan. The tradition of qawwali in the family had passed down through generations for almost 600 years. Initially, his father did not want Khan to follow the familys vocation and he had his heart set on Nusrat choosing a much more respectable career path and becoming a doctor or engineer, because he felt Qawwali artists had low social status. However, Khan showed such an aptitude for and interest in Qawwali and he began by learning the tabla before moving on to vocals. In 1964, Khans father died, leaving his musical education under the supervision of his uncles, Mubarak Ali Khan. He is the uncle of singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Khans first public performance as the leader of the Qawwali party was at a studio recording broadcast as part of an annual music festival organised by Radio Pakistan, known as Jashn-e-Baharan. Khan sang mainly in Urdu and Punjabi and occasionally in Persian, Braj Bhasha and his first major hit in Pakistan was the song Haq Ali Ali, which was performed in a traditional style and with traditional instrumentation. The song featured restrained use of Khans sargam improvisations, in the summer of 1985, Khan performed at the World of Music, Arts and Dance festival in London. He performed in Paris in 1985 and 1988 and he first visited Japan in 1987, at the invitation of the Japan Foundation. He performed at the 5th Asian Traditional Performing Art Festival in Japan and he also performed at Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York in 1989, earning him admiration from the American audience
10. Darrell Scott – James Darrell Scott, known as Darrell Scott, is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. The son of musician Wayne Scott, he moved as a child to East Gary and he was playing professionally by his teens in Southern California. Later, Darrell moved to Toronto then Boston and he attended Tufts University, where he studied poetry and literature. He has lived in Nashville, Tennessee since about 1995 and he has written several mainstream country hits, and he has also established himself as one of Nashvilles premier session instrumentalists. His younger brother, David Scott, occasionally accompanies Darrell on the keyboard. Scott has collaborated with Steve Earle, Sam Bush, Emmylou Harris, John Cowan, Verlon Thompson, Guy Clark, Tim OBrien, Kate Rusby, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Mary Gauthier, and many others. His unique music has attracted a fanbase, and he tours regularly with his own band. His latest album, Crooked Road, was released May 25,2010, in early 2005, Scotts Theatre Of The Unheard won in The 4th Annual Independent Music Awards for Album of the Year. He won the 2007 Song of the Year award from the Americana Music Association for his song Hank Williams Ghost which appears on his album The Invisible Man released in 2006. In 2010, he was announced as part of the Band of Joy, alongside Robert Plant, credited as performing vocals, mandolin, guitar, accordion, pedal, lap steel and banjo. In 2010, Brad Paisleys cover of the song Youll Never Leave Harlan Alive was the song played on the TV drama Justified during the final scene of the final episode of the first season. It was used again in the episode of the second season. The fourth seasons final episode used a version by Dave Alvin, the fifth seasons final episode used a version by the Ruby Friedman Orchestra. The final episode of the featured the original composition by Darrell Scott himself. In January 2011, his album A Crooked Road won the award for the Country Album category from The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards