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2010 - week 03, from 16 Jan - female vocalists

PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 9:43 pm
by Alan
World Service Week 3 from 16 January 2010 - featuring female vocalists

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Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no - Website

1 - Queen Ifrica - T.T.P.N.C - Montego Bay - Jamaica - VP - 505 1865 1745-5-4 -
2 - Nneka - Kangpe - No Longer at Ease - Nigeria - Yo Mama's - CD-ATR 2509 -
3 - Soo-jong Chae - Dontaryeong in Pansori, Heungboga - World Music in Korea, II - South Korea - MCS - promo -
4 - Mahalia Jackson & the Southern Harmonaires - In the Upper Room, Parts 1 & 2 - Come to Jesus (4 CD box) - USA - Proper - PROPERBOX106 -
5 - Sara Tavares - Bué - Xinti - Cape Verde - World Connection - WCD034 -
6 - Sevval Sam - Ben Seni Sevdiğumi - Karadeniz - Turkey - Kalan - CD 454 -

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Thanks to correspondent Neil Foxlee, I was finally able to pronounce the name of Queen Ifrica properly – eye-frica. This track, ‘TTPCN’, in praise of a community organisation in Jamaica, grows stronger with every play.

Image Queen Ifrica

Nneka is a Nigerian singer songwriter based in Hamburg where she recorded the exceptional album No Longer at Ease. Sometime the music feels like R&B, but reggae is an ever present influence and thread, coming to the fore on track 15, Kangpe, in which Nneka sings in a mixture of English and Pidgen. Congratulations to Howard Male on picking this out so quickly when he first received it last summer. It has taken me much longer to appreciate and applaud.

Image Nneka

So far I have played only one artist since my revelatory visit to South Korea last October, but here’s the famous Pansori singer Soo-Jong Chae. Voice versus percussion. Powerful.

Image Soo-jong Chae

The temptation to follow with a similarly powerful American singer is too strong to resist. The gospel singer Mahalia Jackson was the forerunner of many celebrated younger admirers, notably Aretha Franklin and Mavis Staples, and ‘In the Upper Room’ was one of her best known songs back in the 1940s.

Image Mahalia Jackson

The show finishes with two singers encountered in person during the year.

The Cape Verde singer Sara Tavares entranced many who heard her performance in a studio session, broadcast two months ago. Her album Xinti deserved more recognition than it received.

Image Sara Tavares

Encountered during my trip to Istanbul during the summer, Sevval Sam is a well known actress in Turkey whose album Karadeniz is known as the Black Sea Album, because the songs are associated with the region and sung in its dialect. ‘Ben Seni Sevdiğumi’ was written and first recorded by Kazým Koyuncu, whose version is included on the soundtrack of Fatih Akim’s film The Edge of Heaven. Great song, unforgettable melody.

Image CG with Sevval Sam in Istanbul


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Re: 2010 - week 03, from 16 Jan

PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 2:10 am
by liz molony
Can't help smiling when up comes Queen Ifrica again, singing her all-embracing TTPCN.
Huge long vowel sounds. Think I'll share this with our inspirational community singing teacher who's trying to get us to open our mouths!!.

I am so pleased we're able to see photos again - amazing image of Soo-Chong Chae up in the tree canopies with her drummer in his high hat.
I agree that a partnership of two such powerful singers makes good listening. I was reminded of Ndebele women in Zimbabwe singing to greet their political leaders with frightening energy.
Like a soft breeze to turn to the gentle spirit of Sara Tavares - I remember her performing in the studio recently. .. and sunny photos with Sevval Sam.
Best wishes Liz.

Re: 2010 - week 03, from 16 Jan

PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:44 am
by judith
Thoroughly enjoyed this - the selections and their placement, the differences in song and singer, one woman's voice traveling to the next. I would use the CG World Tours Agency again.

Re: 2010 - week 03, from 16 Jan

PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 3:47 pm
by uiwangmike
For anyone who was intrigued by the extract from Heungboga and lives in the York area, there's a performance of that Pansori coming up there on Feb. 12. ... &easi=true