- ARC Music
ARC Music Productions International Limited is a specialist
World Musicand Folk Musiclabel based in West Sussex, United Kingdom. It was established in 1976. With a catalogue of over 600 recordings, it is believed to be the largest single source for traditional and modern ethnic musicin the World.
The label was founded in
November 1976by Horst Tubbesing, a concert promoter from Hamburg, Germany. Tubbesing recognized the difficulty many talented artists had in obtaining recording contracts so, starting with a vinyl recording of Bolivianfolk music from the group Los Rupay, he founded the label ' Eulenspiegel', named after his favourite character in German folklore. The early-mid 1980ssaw the label, now called ARC Music, expand greatly as they became the first label to produce ethnic music on CD. The company relocated to the UK in 1988.
Diversity / Preservation of Culture
It was an aim of ARC Music from the outset to have every geographical area represented in their catalogue, and to help preserve the ethnic music of different cultures by documenting them in sound. To date they have released music from 6
continents, with recordings as diverse as African Gospel, Pipes & Drumsfrom Scotland, Mongolian Throat Singing, GoemaMusic from Cape Town, Middle Easternmusic and Bellydance, Sitarmusic and Bhangrafrom India, chants from the South Seas, music of the Native American Indians, Tango Argentinoand many more.They currently release between 50 and 60 new products each year.
Film & TV Usage
In recent years ARC Music has become a source for music used in film and television.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Casino Royale, The Kingdomand The Constant Gardenerare a few examples.
Hossam Ramzy David Fanshawe Pete Lockett Solá Akingbolá Cheng Yu Emad Sayyah Charlie McMahon Suzanna Owiyo Seckou Keita Mark Atkins Strathclyde Police Pipe Band
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