ARC Music


ARC Music

ARC Music Productions International Limited is a specialist World Music and Folk Music label 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 music in the World.

Company History

The label was founded in November 1976 by 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 Bolivian folk music from the group Los Rupay, he founded the label 'Eulenspiegel', named after his favourite character in German folklore. The early-mid 1980s saw 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 & Drums from Scotland, Mongolian Throat Singing, Goema Music from Cape Town, Middle Eastern music and Bellydance, Sitar music and Bhangra from India, chants from the South Seas, music of the Native American Indians, Tango Argentino and 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 Kingdom and The Constant Gardener are a few examples.

Notable Artists

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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