Afro Celt Sound System

Formed 1995.
Afro Celt Sound System


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

Their albums have been released through Peter Gabriel's Real World Records, and they have been cited as the second best-selling band on the label, exceeded in sales only by Gabriel himself. Their striking live performances have often been the highlights of the WOMAD concert festivals. They signed a contract with Real World for five albums, of which the 2005 release Anatomic was the last.

After a number of festival dates in 2007, the band went on hiatus. In 2010, they regrouped to play a number of shows (including a return to WOMAD) and compiled a retrospective titled Capture.

On the 20th May 2014 the Afro Celt Sound System launched a new website and with it announced the upcoming release of a new album, "Born".

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Capture (1995-2010)

    Capture (1995-2010) 2010

    Reviewed by John Eyles
    It can almost feel all-pervasive – the soundtrack of the modern world.
  2. Review of Anatomic

    Anatomic 2005

    Reviewed by Chris Moss
    This is essentially Deep Forest, Enya and Jean Michel Jarre mixed with some astute...
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