Gifted: Women of the World ~ Various Artists

Gifted: Women of the World ~ Various Artists

A well composed introduction to the expansive world of female voice featuring a stunning handful of artists who's craft (often so rich in classical training) pushes past conventional description. Note: A portion of the proceeds from album sales go to WITNESS, a group cofounded by Peter Gabriel that equips human rights advocates with modern technology such as video cameras to further their causes

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  • I nice sonic memento from the summer of '09 when Pocahaunted went from drone-a-delic to psycho-funky. Don't call it a sellout, but the music on "Island Diamonds" points to a new phase of Pocahaunted that you can dance to.

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  • Lovely!!! Check out what Amazon said: This six-foot-tall goddess is indisputably one of modern Africa's greatest singers. Her magnificent, throaty alto and exotic yet accessible style have already won her an impressive interna... Lovely!!! Check out what Amazon said: This six-foot-tall goddess is indisputably one of modern Africa's greatest singers. Her magnificent, throaty alto and exotic yet accessible style have already won her an impressive international following. Oumou's lyrics are nearly as compelling as her voice and person; her open affirmation of female sensuality and diatribes against polygamy have irritated conservative elders but delighted her contemporaries. She is an exponent of the blues-like Wassoulou tradition, which takes its name from a province in Southern Mali. The region's music is based upon Asian-sounding five-tone scales and is usually accompanied by the resonant kamelengoni (a six-stringed hunters' harp) and searing, earthy fiddles, while jaunty polyrhythms are marked by wood drums, metal scrapers, and/or shakers. This double album constitutes an ideal introduction. It contains a twelve-track "greatest hits" package (picked from her first three albums, Moussoulou, Ko Sira, and Worotan) plus eight new tunes that have never before been available on CD.