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Exotica: World Music Divas
Genres: Folk, World Music, Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Latin Music
This all-female collection opens with Mamma, a stunning group of six vocalists from all over the Mediterranean who collaborate with acoustic musicians to create a rich, pan-Afro-European sound. This one track makes the alb... more »
This all-female collection opens with Mamma, a stunning group of six vocalists from all over the Mediterranean who collaborate with acoustic musicians to create a rich, pan-Afro-European sound. This one track makes the album worth having though all ten of the tracks are mostly excellent and many of the artists' recordings are unavailable in the US. Cesaria Evora, sings her classic "Miss Perfumado" and Ofra Haza is in full pop regalia on "My Ethiopian Boy." Smaller treasures include Xiradela, a Galician girls choir backed by the Carlos Nunez band, and a Latin tinged edition of Stevie Wonder's "Free" performed in Swahili by Khadja Nin, a husky singer from Burundi. Spanish Gypsy singer Nina Pastori is backed by Radio Tarifa. Rom singer Vera Kale does an over-the-top-pop gypsy song, Aine Minogue sings and plays a lush Celtic harp piece. Shai No Shai is Euro-African pop group. --Louis Gibson
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Uplifting. Colourful. Pulse-quickening. Supreme!
Brie Gainer | Austin, TX USA | 09/19/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"From Portugal to Ireland to the Middle East, this CD takes you around the world in 10 songs.
"Exotica--World Music Divas" reminds us that there's more to this planet than what's within the little shell of our hometowns. At the same time, it brings a reminder that we are the same everywhere---we laugh, we cry, we love...we feel passion.
Forget the language barriers! The soul of each song comes through loud & clear. The best example would be from song #8---"Tu Me Camelas" by Nina Pastori. A song of love between two cousins. You can just FEEL the tension and desire as you hear Nina's lilting and determined voice.
Although the selections do not do justice to the artists (for example, I've heard better from Ofra Haza,) this is a superb sampling of introductory songs for the beginner fan of "world music.""
Feel good international mix
Claire E. Venezia | San Francisco, CA United States | 03/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This c.d. was a wonderful surprise. I am always on the lookout for international music of all types. Favorite artists include Wasis Diop and Cesaria Evora. Seeing her on this album, I decided to try it and see which other artists I may like. I found myself liking every track (except for one - tu me camelas, the vocals are a bit nasal.)I put on this cd when I'm doing chores around the house and it always gives me energy. I find myself bebopping through my work, imagining myself in a Moroccan belly dancing club, a celtic hillside or a Spanish village. My favorite songs are #5,6,9 and 10. If you like world music, other cd's to try are Cesaria Evora's Cafe Atlantico (an automatic vacation every time I put it on) and Wasis Diop."
Good Introduction to world music
Phillip Auth | 09/09/1998
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Before I purchased this album I had not heard the music of the Irish band Shai No Shai and their song Caravan. Their ability to recreate the hypnotic mysticism of the North African Beduin is audacious in its rendering and mingling of Celtic voices with Islamic instruments. For them alone the album is worthy of a second glance. Also the first track Mammas by Amaria is riveting but then the album begins to wobble and one gets the feeling of something being "thrown together" because this is not the best material that vocalists such as Ofra Haza have produced and you wonder why these tracks have been included. To put people off ? Ofra Haza's incredible voice is always worthy of respect but on this album she lost my attention. I would recommend this album as a cautious introduction to the "world Music" scene because it could tempt some to consider the more original featured artists solo efforts."