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Wednesday 30 June 2010

Holding Up Half The Sky

A few years ago Shanachie Records released a series of compilation albums each called "Holding Up Half The Sky", which featured female vocalists from different continents, cultures and styles - Asian, Latin, reggae and so on. The only album I have heard is the one featuring African singers, but if the others are half as good they will be well worth a listen. Here are four fine selections from the African album.

"Kanawa" - Aicha Kone (Cote d'Ivoire)

"Hapo Zamani" - Dorothy Masuka (South Africa)

"Yelew Wekesa" - Netsamet Mellessee (Ethiopia)

"Ya Habibi" - Malouma Mint Miadeh (Mauritania)

There are two volumes of Celtic women in the "Holding Up Half The Sky" series. Inexplicably neither of them feature this woman. She's from Skewin, you know.

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