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Afro Celt Sound System

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(1995 – present)

The Afro Celt Sound System is a musical group founded in 1995 that fuses modern dance rhythms (trip-hop, techno, etc.) with Celtic and African influences. It was formed by Grammy-nominated producer-guitarist Simon Emmerson, and is considered to be somewhat of a world music supergroup, often having a wide range of guest artists on their albums.

Their albums have been released through Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records and they are also reportedly the best-selling band on the label, only exceeded in sales by Gabriel himself. Their striking live performances have often become the highlights of the WOMAD concert festivals. They signed a contract with Real World obliged to release five albums, of which the 2005 release Anatomic is the last. At this writing it is unclear what path the band will take in the future.

In 2003, they changed their name to the simpler Afrocelts; however, two of their latest albums, Pod, a compilation of new mixes of songs from the first four albums, and their fifth studio album Anatomic uses the long and familiar form. This decision is apparently informed by the fact that they are well-known as Afro Celt Sound System.

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  • kgkeller

    I like these guys, a lot!! There is no accounting for taste. But, I agree with pure emotion. Keep it cool, if you don't like it, don't listen to it.

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • pure_emotion

    some shouts also are worse than shit ... like .... or don´t like it ..... this stage is not a battlefield ! ..... ☮

    12 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Persigraal

    Worse than shit (no offense 2 shit).

    3 Feb 2013 Reply
  • reagan0

    Great music for a long drive.

    3 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Liquid_Smoke

    big cat [2]

    15 Aug 2012 Reply
  • clytie_hizashi

    Well, you can vote for the pages to be merged, or you could message a mod about it (or post in the forums).

    15 May 2012 Reply
  • matcochr

    I wish the bands Afro Celts and Afro Celt Sound System could be combined. For a while (around the time Seed came out) the band started using the first name and Last.FM was autocorrecting to Afro Celts. Now it seems to be separate again and my charts are messed up.

    9 May 2012 Reply
  • clytie_hizashi

    Beautiful, unlikely combination of sounds.

    13 Apr 2012 Reply
  • iconan

    -.-.-.-. om hari om .....

    9 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Xylvanya

    If you like ambitious and relaxing music, maybe it´s possible you like XYLVANYA: „Anxious“; „Beach II“ „SA RIERA part I“, "Imperial Crown" „Climbing“ or „Ex-Mannequin“ or „Horizont (III) or "Gewitter-Regen" or "Erinnerungen an meinen Vater" or "Trust (Piano-Version)" or "Norwegen" or "Retrospective view" and many many more.....(all in all 6 hours of music, all songs free download) . Thank you for listening, support or feedback! Peace, Xylvanya

    16 Jan 2012 Reply
  • VK1990

    big cat

    22 Dec 2011 Reply
  • pipsox

    They are frigging amazing!

    26 Nov 2011 Reply
  • isaiahgallop

    interesting... very interesting

    8 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Shinku-kun

    Just discovered them, and they're awesome! <3 [4

    11 Jul 2011 Reply
  • em_fo

    Brilliant live band, completely mesmerising.

    4 Jul 2011 Reply
  • odeann

    When they somewhen come to Moscow, Russia?

    20 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Guvnor14

    Discovered them yesterday at the London Feis - absolutely superb

    19 Jun 2011 Reply
  • natawik_spb

    Just discovered them, and they're awesome! <3 [3]

    28 May 2011 Reply
  • hanihihi

    Just discovered them, and they're awesome! <3 [2]

    22 May 2011 Reply
  • jhuan

    Terrific!!!

    7 Mar 2011 Reply
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