Big Blue Ball (Real World, 2008)
For several years, starting in 1992, Peter Gabriel invited numerous world music artists to record at Real World Studios. These artists included artist signed to Real World Records as well as other world music luminaries. The initial sessions in 1992 happened during a "Recording Week." Additional sessions took place throughout three years.
Peter Gabriel is featured on several tracks, but you can also find other charismatic voices, such as the queen of world music, Natacha Atlas, Irish pop star Sinead O’Connor, African legend Papa Wemba, Iarla O Lionáird and Joseph Arthur. Instrumentalists include Neil Sparkes (Temple of Sound), Jah Wobble, Joji Hirota, Hossam Ramzy, flamenco guitarist Juan Manuel Cañizares, American drummer Billy Cobham and many more.
Big Blue Ball is a portrait of some of the finest cutting edge world music acts in recent times.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.