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CYNEFIN Debut single

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Musician Owen Shiers delves into his Welsh roots.
We’re happy to be supporting this fine new project Cynefin.
The journey begins with the debut single Cân Dyffryn Clettwr (Song of the Clettwr Valley) released today on Astar …..

AMJ meets RSD new album SKY BLUE LOVE

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

We are happy to be rolling out the debut album from the AMJ-RSD collaboration.

A 15 track journey through chapters of dub quite unlike anything you will have heard before.

The album artwork is pretty special too featuring images from Japanese photographer Ikue Uyama plus fascinating sleeve notes telling the story of dub adventurer Rob Smith.

Already it is picking up some serious airplay including regular plays on David Rodigan’s BBC Radio1Xtra show.

Now released in Japan and the UK with France and other European countries to come over the summer and autumn.

“An awesome album … if you like dub and instrumental music you’re gonna love this! It really is very special.”



AMJ get serious on Oct 12th

Saturday, 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 releases “Tambolero”

Monday, 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

Friday, 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)

Believe Believe Artwork

AMJ to release Heartbeat with RSD

Friday, 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…

Clychau Dibon released in France and Switzerland today!

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014


Clychau Dibon est la rencontre heureuse et inespérée entre la harpe celtique de la galloise Catrin Finch et la kora (la harpe africaine) du sénégalais Seckou Keita. Un conte de fées, de bardes et de bons esprits au service d’une quête de partage musical.

Réunir dans un même écrin, les sons mêlés de ces deux instruments si éloignés et si similaires est une idée qui a fait son chemin dans l’esprit de John Hollis, co-producteur du disque, depuis les années 80 lorsqu’il sillonnait l’Afrique mandingue en compagnie de Toumani Diabaté. Et certaines idées ont la vie dure ! Ce projet de rencontre, tel un écho du passé ressurgit lors de discussions entre John Hollis et Dilwyn Davis (Théâtre Mwldan de Cardigan, Pays de Galles) qui partageaient la même vision afro-celtique du mariage des cordes et qui deviendra l’autre co-producteur de l’album. Mais pour donner sens et corps à cette démarche il convenait de le faire avec les meilleurs représentants de chaque discipline.

Catrin Finch, « reine de la harpe », harpiste officielle du Prince de Galles d’un côté, Toumani Diabaté, génie malien des 21 cordes de l’autre. La rencontre est planifiée, répétitions, concerts. Malheureusement les évènements au Mali ont eu raison de la présence à temps de Toumani pour les répétitions. C’est Seckou Keita qui prit le relais et échangé avec Catrin sur le répertoire. Une vraie rencontre entre les deux artistes. Les concerts de Catrin et Toumani furent un triomphe et Seckou, invité sur scène par le duo affirma un charisme époustouflant, une élégante puissance de jeu ainsi qu’une humilité déconcertante entre ces deux monstres sacrés. Comme une évidence, en 2012, Catrin et Seckou décidèrent de consommer ensemble ce mariage de cordes et d’enregistrer cet album de feu.

Seckou Keita, naît en 1978 et grandit à Ziguinchor, capitale de la Casamance, au Sud du Sénégal. Il est élevé dans la maison des Cissokho, ses grands parents maternels, dans la pratique et la fabrication de tous les instruments traditionnels, kora, percussions diverses (seourouba, sabar, djembé). Famille de griots, les Cissokho sont des joueurs de kora. A l’âge de sept ans il construit sa première kora, à quatorze il apprend et restitue le répertoire mandingue. Egalement excellent percussionniste, il s’installe en Angleterre en 1998, base arrière de ses multiples tournées internationales. Catrin Finch quant à elle, sensiblement du même âge que Seckou, découvre la harpe à l’âge de 5 ans, quand elle assiste au concert d’une harpiste espagnole. Elle est subjuguée. Elle entame alors un cursus traditionnel et à 9 ans, elle a déjà terminé sa formation. Elle continuera de se perfectionner avec l’une des harpistes les plus renommées du pays, Elinor Bennett. A l’âge de 19 ans elle sera invitée à jouer à Buckingham Palace et deviendra entre 2000 et 2004 la harpiste officielle du palais. A ce titre elle ne cessera de voyager et de représenter son pays dans de multiples manifestations culturelles. Grâce à son statut et sa notoriété elle entend changer l’image qui est généralement celle de la harpe. Elle entend prouver à travers ce type de projet que la harpe n’est pas seulement un instrument médiéval très codifié mais également un incroyable vecteur d’émotions et de partage.

Deux artistes, deux cultures mais un héritage commun, celui des instruments à cordes au son de cristal, mais aussi deux pays imprégnés de cette tradition des bardes d’un côté, des griots de l’autre.

On y transmet les valeurs par le récit, l’oralité, la musique, la poésie. A l’écoute de l’album, on est estomaqués par cette alchimie, le résultat est saisissant, chaque titre, qu’il soit un traditionnel gallois ou une composition de Seckou est restitué comme s’ils les avaient toujours joués ensemble. Un album à mettre entre toutes les oreilles.


Clychau, en gaélique signifie la cloche, les Dibons sont des oiseaux présents notamment le long du fleuve Niger en Guinée. Ils vivent en couple pendant la journée et se séparent toutes les nuits pour retourner dans leur arbre respectif. Au petit matin, lorsqu’ils veulent se rejoindre, l’un chante et l’autre répond en volant vers lui. Ces appels ont été entendus par des chasseurs et restitués à l’aide de percussions. Ce rythme dibon accompagne généralement le retour des fermiers au village. Le dibon est aussi le nom donné à la deuxième corde de la kora.

The International Dibon

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014


Catrin and Seckou's album will be released in the US via Sterns/Forced Exposure on the 13th May

France and Switzerland will see the CD released on May 26th.

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita album now on pre-order

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

The debut album from Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita is now availble for preorder exclusively from this site.
To order a copy and stream the featured track click here.

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To listen to previews of the tracks, please use the player below. Enjoy!



SIGN FROM AMJ released

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
The debut album from the AMJ Collective is now released. Sign features mixes from all four AMJ departments – Almighty Groove, Dub, RSD and Space.

Dub Maestro Rob Smith is no stranger to innovative sonic adventures, a Bristol man who emerged from the reggae scene of the 80s as a guitarist and engineer, later developing his craft as a producer, DJ and re-mixer. Known for his work in Smith & Mighty and More Rockers, now piloting his own unique RSD sound, Rob tours constantly, performing in many countries across the globe.

Space mixes
Jonathan Lane worked with the BBC for ten years, plying his craft as an engineer with Radios 1, 2, 3 and 4 and network TV. Afterwards he set up his own recording business in Bristol specialising in acoustic and classical music working with many artists from Andy Sheppard to the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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