With sales now topping one and a half million albums and two Grammy nominations to date, Afro Celt Sound System celebrated their 20th Anniversary with a stunning new album, ‘The Source’ released in April 2016 on ECC Records.
The band just released, ‘Honey Bee’, another striking single from this acclaimed album to coincide with a major tour taking in 17 towns and cities where they are currently providing a live music spectacle, every bit as energetic and captivating as the album to packed houses and delighted audiences around the country.
"Showcasing material old and new but with a hefty dash of songs from their new album The Source, the Afro Celts bring a seamless interlocking of Celtic airs, African dance and chants, Highland bagpipes, Irish reels and flutes into a giddyingly ecstatic whole" Live Review from 28 October bristol247.comRead more
Formed by Grammy-nominated musician and record producer Simon Emmerson, Afro Celt Sound System are a European and African based collective who’ve been a ground-breaking force in music ever since they started. ‘The Source’ is undoubtedly their most ambitious album yet and one will take their cross-cultural collaboration and acclaimed live performances to another level. It is the first album to fully celebrate the African and Asian roots brought to the band by long-term members’ vocalist, kora and balafon player N’Faly Kouyaté and Dhol drummer Johnny Kalsi. Along with founder member Simon Emmerson (producer, guitars, cittern) and new core member Griogair (vocals, piping, guitars) – winner of Gaelic Singer of the Year at the 2015 Scots Trad Music Awards – the album and the live show features contributions from a host of other outstanding musicians which together fully demonstrates the eclecticism of the band’s music. ‘Honey Bee’ features the sultry, soulful delivery of Armagh-born vocalist and flautist Rioghnach Connolly (Real World Records), one of the many contributors to this truly collaborative album.
‘THE SOURCE’ album reviews –
4* Observer | 4* Independent | 4* Daily Mirror | 4* Financial Times | 5* fRoots | 5* Songlines
“A COLOSSUS OF AN ALBUM” fRoots
“A TRIUMPH” Songlines