Afro Celt Sound System is a musical group which fuses modern electronic dance rhythms (trip hop, techno, etc.) with traditionalIrish and West African music. It was originally formed in 1995 by Grammy-nominated producer-guitarist Simon Emmerson, and features a wide range of guest artists.
Their albums have been released through Peter Gabriel‘s Real World Records, and they have frequently performed at WOMADfestivals worldwide. Their sales on the label are exceeded only by Gabriel himself. Their recording contract with Real World was for five albums, of which Volume 5: 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), releasing a re-mastered retrospective titled Capture.
On the 20 May 2014 Afro Celt Sound System launched a new website and with it announced the upcoming release of a new album,Born.