Tuesday 24 June 2008

Road Songs (Vivace)

This is the third and final instalment in this three part-series. Basically it is about how good female drivers are (yes, they are, stop rolling your eyes, please!) and how a lot of female musicians break down barriers and conventions without having to resort to short skirts and bikinis.

For the first and second parts, click here and here.

Even someone like me, who enjoyed the whole 'Age Ain't Nothing But a Number' album when it first came out, was surprised by the success of the single 'Try Again' when it was released. Aaliyah was an all-round performer and master (or is that mistress?) of her own destiny. An untimely death did not allow us to taste what should have been the best of a brilliant music career. Nostalgic.

Monica Molina has what is commonly known as pedigree. She is the daughter of the famous flamenco singer Antonio Molina and her sister is actress Angela Molina. However she has made it in the difficult world of Spanish pop with a very peculiar voice and very poetic compositions. Mellow.

Punchy, defiant and in-your-face. That's how I describe Tori Amos. I like the way she bashes those black and white keys in wild abandon. Her voice teems with self-confidence and bravado. Challenging.

Cesaria Evora. Sodade. That's all. If you don't know what I mean by that, you should be tried for crimes against music. Cesaria Evora. Sodade. That. Is. All. Majestic.

I'm taking my freedom/Pulling it off the shelf/Putting it on my chain/Wear it around my neck/I'm taking my freedom/Putting it in my car/Wherever I choose to go/It will take me far. Anyone who sings those lines, has my utmost R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Jill Scott is imposing, and this is not due to her size or weight, but on account of her vocal prowess and yes-I-can attitude. Smashing.

Lhasa de Sela is a very unusual singer (but then again, this is a very unusual blog). The way she sings is ever so tender and affectionate. In this particular song she says the words in French first and then carries on in Spanish. Mesmerising.

Les Nubians were one of the pioneers of the so-called Afropean genre. Born in France, they left for Chad and lived there for seven years, returning to Europe after. Their sound is hard to pin down. Enjoyable.

Last but not least comes Yasmin Levy, an exponent of what is called Ladino music, a mix of Spanish and Jewish music. Ladino culture has survived hundreds of years and Yasmin's voice is testimony to the resilience of its members. Gigantic.

Copyright 2008


  1. u have a great ear for music. jill...les nubians... the list goes on. i will certainly check out the female artists that i know little of. i crave good music.

  2. Well, shine, you're more than welcomed to come back for a good dose of good music. I have DJed before, very informally and unofficially and love playing disc jockey every now and then. Music, specifically, good music accompanies me everywhere I go.

    Thanks for passing by.

    Greetings from London.

  3. OMG!!! Let me start by saying I'm sorry. I meant no disrespect with the comment on Shine's blog. Thanks a lot for dropping by to write a comment on my blog. Really appreciate your maturity. I think you stumbled into a little corner in blogsville known as the Naija(Nigerian) community. We really take care of ourselves. We are all Nigerians or of Nigerian descent but you are more than welcome to join us. Hope to hear from you again soon. CIAO!

  4. Naija, man, no offense was ever taken.

    Greetings from London.

  5. Uh, Ohhh! Well, I really like the video clip, specially the fist second, and the "pwiky-pwiky" part.

    be good, cuban, be good.

  6. Hahaha! You cheeky little b****r!

    I am good, asere, I am good.

    Saludos desde Londres.



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