AMJ get serious on Oct 12th

September 12th, 2015

AMJ meets RSD will release a new 10″ vinyl single on the 12th of October.

1. Serious Signs
2. Second Drop

Mixed by Rob Smith. Produced by John Hollis.



Masterful work from Rob Smith and two more corkers from the AMJ treasure trove ….

The deep and heavy Serious Signs features soulful performances by Seckou Keita on kora, Michel ‘Pata’ Salazar on keyboards, Camilo Menjura on guitar and Michel Padron on trumpet.

Feel the ground move and your spirit rise!

The B is Second Drop, a fresh reworking of the first AMJ-RSD single Depth Drop, solid groove graced with fine guitar work from Camilo Menjura and horns from Michel Padron.

Toto’s Tambolero goes to number 1 in the European charts!

September 4th, 2015

We are proud to announce that having entered the chart last month at number 2 (not bad for any artist really), Toto’s new album is now firmly positioned where it should be at the number one slot. Huge congratulations and thanks to all concerned from the Astar and Real World teams.


Toto releases “Tambolero”

June 29th, 2015


We are proud to announce the release of a new album by Toto la Momposina.


Click here to buy the album and find more information on this release.

A re-creation and re-imagining of the classic 1993 album ‘La Candela Viva’.

“You don’t normally get the chance to go back in time and recreate an album. Building on a classic project that began 24 years ago is a challenge and a delight!” John Hollis, producer.

An invitation to perform at the WOMAD Festival led to Totó’s participation in the first Real World Recording Week and ultimately to the recording of the songs – with legendary American producer Phil Ramone at the controls in 1991 and English producer John Hollis for the follow-up sessions in 1992 – that would become La Candela Viva. The international success of La Candela Viva, and the following two albums Carmelina 1995 and Pacantó 1999 (MTM/Colombia), would ignite Totó’s career in Colombia and finally see her recognized as a star in her own country. The music has continued to endure, including being routinely sampled by the world of dance and hip-hop (Michel Cleis, Da R3volution and Timbaland, to name but a few).

It was during the search for the original master tapes to find the parts for a Michel Cleis dance track that producer (and now son-in-law of Totó) John Hollis discovered something rather remarkable. Amongst the original 2” master tapes was a treasure trove of material: some 40 takes of 20 different songs. Material all involved had forgotten existed, until then. Not only was there a wealth of recorded material from the La Candela Viva sessions that didn’t make the original album there were also a number of previously unreleased songs too.

To restore the analogue tapes, which would otherwise slowly deteriorate, the first job was to bake them (literally!) to remove any moisture that had accumulated, making them playable again. The recordings could then be digitised to work with modern technology. A process of reassessing all the different versions and new songs, re-editing and over-dubbing began. “At this point it occurred to me that Totó’s granddaughters would add a nice texture to some of the chorus lines,” explains John. Totó happily agreed: “Claro, ellos son mis choristas [of course, they are my backing singers].” Soon after, Maria del Mar and Oriana Melissa entered The Wood Room at Real World Studios, the very same space in which Totó and her band performed their set live 23 years earlier; Maria was present, a toddler at the time, and
Oriana hadn’t been born. “It was a surreal moment and they delivered their parts beautifully,” adds John.

The result is Tambolero. More than just a re-release of La Candela Viva it is a genuine re-appraisal and re-imagining of the original. Tambolero is in effect a new album and one in which Totó La Momposina continues to reflect the experience of her native Colombia through her life and music. The two things are intertwined: the story of Totó La Momposina is truly the story of modern Colombia. It has also become a celebration of Totó’s professional career, which will soon reach a landmark 60 years – six decades dedicated to preserving, researching and developing an ancestral tradition, the identity of a people, passed down through the generations. This album is part of the REAL WORLD GOLD series of reissues.

AMJ Release BELIEVE on 15th June

June 12th, 2015

Click to hear a snippet and available now for pre-order.



Due for release on June 15th, Believe features Oriana Melissa on lead vocals. Oriana, the granddaughter of Colombian singer and Latin Grammy Award winner Totó la Momposina, recorded this track at the tender age of 18. Her honeyed vocals gracefully coat the heavyweight rhythm section of Andy Clarke and Mark Spence on drums and bass, propelled along with a superb dub-inflected mix from Rob Smith.

This is the first AMJ release featuring the live band:

  • Drums – Andy Clarke (JA/England)
  • Congas – Paolo Moussa Hollis (Colombia/England)
  • Bass – Mark Spence (JA/England)
  • Trumpet and keyboards – Michel Padron (Cuba)
  • Lead guitar – Owen Shiers (Wales)
  • Rhythm guitar – John Hollis (England)
  • Lead vocal – Oriana Melissa Hollis (Colombia/England)
  • Chorus – Maria del Mar Hollis (Colombia/England)
  • Chorus – Camilo Menjura (Colombia)

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Toto la Momposina – Curura Remix Competition

June 3rd, 2015

Curura Remix Competition

Toto’s music has been sampled in many well known dance and hip hop tracks over the years, including tracks by Michel Cleis and Timbaland. Now, it’s your turn!

In advance of the release of Toto’s new album ‘Tambolero’ we are running a remix competition that allows you download the stems to Toto’s classic track ‘Curura’ so you can do your own remix. The winner will win a pair of Bowers & Wilkins headphones. Competition closes 17 July.

For full details and T&Cs go to The rest, is up to you! Good luck

Real World release unseen Toto video

May 19th, 2015

Totó La Momposina went to Real World Studios in August 1991 to begin recording what would prove to be her most important album, now being re-released on Real World Records as ‘Tambolero’. In this never before seen footage from the original recording session, Totó delivers an outstanding live performance of El Pescador, surrounded by friends and guests. The soundtrack has been restored and remixed and features as a track on the new album.

Pre order “Tambolero” from iTunes and download ‘El Pescador’ instantly:
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Asere US tour announced

February 13th, 2015

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Asere will be touring the US next year in a show organised by Columbia Arts Management in association with our partners at Run Productions in France. It will be an enlarged line-up performing the band’s repertoire created over 4 albums.

Full details and dates to follow.

AMJ to release Heartbeat with RSD

December 12th, 2014

Click on the image above to hear excerpts!

Here come the AMJ Collective with their next vinyl offering to be released on Mon March 16th.

Heartbeat …. a powerhouse of a tune dropping the nyabinghi rhythm.

Features the drum and bass duo of Mark Spence and Andy Clarke, horns by Michel Padron and African flute from Dramane Dembele.

With Rob Smith at the controls, this is another tasty delivery from the AMJ-RSD crew. Flip side brings a chilled steppers in Blue Mountain, guest strings courtesy of Cuban trio Patricia Flechilla, Xotchil Lopez and Indira Perez.

Stay tuned for more info and some tasty excerpts…

Seckou and Catrin in Mojo’s Top 5

December 5th, 2014

Mojo Magazine have put Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita’s CD in their Top 5 World Releases of 2014!


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Seckou & Catrin New Shows Announced

December 5th, 2014

Catrin and Seckou have announced two new shows for 2015.

They will play Celtic Connections in February and the Shrewsbury Folk Festival in August.

More dates to follow! See the Live page for full details.