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Afro Celt Sound System

The traditional music of Western Africa and Ireland is fused into a seamless blend by Afro Celt Sound System. The band's exciting performances have become a popular attraction at the WOMAD festival in Reading, England, since 1995, while their 1996 debut album, Volume 1, remains one of the most successful examples of cultural exchange. Afro Celt Sound System bring together top-ranked musicians, including traditional Irish vocalist Iarla O'Lionard, uillean pipers Davy Spillane (Moving Hearts) and Ronan Browne, whistle player James McNally (the Pogues), Kenyan nyatiti player Ayub Ogada, and Baaba Maal bandmembers Kauwding Cissakho and Massamba Diop. Jo Bruce, the son of British bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce (Cream), rounds out the group on keyboards and electronic programming. Several tracks on the band's debut album, produced by Grammy-nominated producer Simon Emmerson, featured members of Shoonglenifty on mandolin, bongos, banjo, guitar, and fiddle. Released initially on the EMD/Real World label, Volume 1 was issued in the U.S. by Caroline Records. Afro Celt Sound System made their U.S. concert debut in July 1997. Their second album, Volume 2: Release, was finally issued in 1999 by Real World. Volume 3: Further in Time, which featured guest vocals on "Life Begins Again" by Robert Plant, was released in spring 2001. Seed followed in 2003, with the accompanying Pod DVD arriving the following year. In 2005 the group found a new home on the Narada label with Volume 5: Anatomic. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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Had no clue this sound was out there until a story on public radio. It is truly good for my spiritual being. It is GROOVEE from the beats to the rhythms
Major Players all! Great stuff!
Great band. Great Gabriel. Great song. Real music.
I LOVE THIS SONG. Peter Gabriel is singing this song with Afro Celt back. They are awesome.
When You're Falling. AWESOME. I got two for the price of one. I LOVE PETER GABRIEL. I LOVE THIS SONG. This is one of my favorites. Thank you Peter. Thank you Pandora. PEACE, LOVE, AND HAVE FUN. b :-)
When You're Falling. This is Peter Gabriel's band? This is totally cool. I love this song. Great goodnight, sweet dreams, and sleep with the angels song.
yigo1985
Where are they now?
mcreighton9
Angelique kidjo would be good addition
peter gabriel at womad festival. think it was 1995 not really sure on date. 1 was recorded in philly. there are 5 albums that i know of. I'am a big GABRIEL fan. I have 45rpm records of 1st album.
bowalton
Yes of course it is Peter Gabriel!
it IS Peter Gabriel singing!
dkh02911
i thought it was Gabriel too
laine79
I literally thought it was Peter Gabriel singing! Great!
IREICA
eileenoc-b
I can't get enough of these guys! Please give me more!!!
First to comment...wo w . Love this group. I really like their unique sound of mixing different cultures and genres together into one great eclectic mix.
It's funny how many foolish users listen to one of this band's songs and they comment about it on the band page. Why not put your song-specifi c comments on the song page instead? Song comments are out of context here. Sure, Peter Gabriel or Robert Plant each appear on one of their songs, but it doesn't mean those people are with the band.

Get a clue.
Peter, recognizable under any name....love him, brilliant
If y'all are talking about When You're Falling, yes. That is Peter collaboratin g with the group. He's only on the one track on Volume 3, though; Robert Plant and Milla Jovovich are on separate tracks on the same album as well.
robynboates
I too thought it was Peter Gabriel! I have to hear more of these guys. They do sound a lot like Peter Gabriel, though!
yigo1985
PLEASE.... come to the U.S.
caroloconnor
I've followed these guys since 2001. Love their music! I love how they build to the songs to a crecendo!
jdgreen1955
Pandora, one new discovery after another- makes life a little better.
70438499
That IS Peter Gabriel, I'm sure. I love the sound - I wonder how much of it sounds like that. Sounds like a Gabriel composition, too.
My new favorite group.
that is definately peter, such an awesome song
Great sound, nice balance, easy to listen to. Does sound like Peter Garbriel which is a good thing... He certainly has a fan or two.
stphdriggs
The bio above doesn't even mention Peter Gabriel? I'd know that voice anywhere...
melsaltis
Ok, that explains a lot!!! I knew that was his voice!!!
christine.ho r n
Apparently, this song features Peter Gabriel. Look it up on YouTube.
You should look up Iarla O'lionard Nest of Stars a mind boggleing song! :)
No, it's not Peter Gabriel it's Iarla o'lionard. he has a wonderful voice! :)
maki_82
Love these guys! First discovered them on the Stigmata movie soundtrack in '99, with their song, Release with Sinéad O'Connor on vocals. It's amazing and I believe it does a wonderful job of showing both the African and Irish parts of their music (imo)!
keb9
Jon, That's exactly what I thought
The guy almost exactly like Peter Gabriel.
These guys ROCK!!! Great good mood music!
Peter Gabriel ?
Oh! and, I really like the ancester song
although this group has been out for a while, I only discovered them this past year. Good music to get into your head with
michaelaudre y
Holy snot Batman, this is cool!
upon hearing this band, i was taken by the sound and vitality of its musician and therefore they became a 'keepsake' in my collection of alternative/ w o r l d music. hope they continue the 'groove'. the disc/dvd was a masterful play on space/time.. . . . g r a n d and marvelous energy.
jonathan.hai n e s 9
YES, Peter Gabriel is singing.
http://www.a m a z o n . c o m / s / r e f = n t t _ s r c h _ d r d _ B 0 0 0 S Y K S F U ? i e = U T F 8 & s e a r c h - t y p e = s s & i n d e x = d i g i t a l - m u s i c & f i e l d - k e y w o r d s = A f r o % 2 0 C e l t % 2 0 S o u n d % 2 0 S y s t e m % 2 0 F e a t u r i n g % 2 0 P e t e r % 2 0 G a b r i e l
defo sounds like Mr.Gabriel!
lguss
is this Peter Gabriel singing lead...I have a bet going....I love this music...and I am a big Peter Gabriel fan!!!
wonderful, incredible
This music should pull up deep feelings of pride, pride in being a carbon-based planetary life form
jamustt
"When I Still Need You" is one of the best songs I have ever heard. Thanks to everyone at the Sound System for making such beautiful music...you are true musical story tellers!
unfortunatel y the most famous song they made is "when Your falling", and it does not showcase the beautiful flamboyancy that the blend of African and Celtic music they this group pioneered
eric.staab
THANK you for clarifying that is Gabriel. I was pulling my hair out thinking that but the bio above doesn't mention it. ugh
The singer is Peter Gabriel.
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