Posts tagged singer
Posts tagged singer
Ella Fitzgerald: It’s All Right With Me (Cole Porter) - from Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook, 1956
Happy birthday to one of the very-greatest vocalists, EVER.
RIP to legendary Tanzanian Taarab singer Fatma binti Baraka, popularly known as Bi Kidude, who passed away on April 17th, 2013, at her home on the island of Zanzibar. She is believed to have surpassed 100 years of age.
As a child, she was singled out for her fine voice and, in the 1920s, sang locally with popular cultural troupes, combining an understanding of music with an equally important initiation into traditional medicine.
At age 13, after a forced marriage she fled Zanzibar to mainland Tanzania. Bi Kidude toured mainland East Africa with a taarab ensemble, visiting the major coastal towns and inland as far west as Lake Victoria and Tanganyika.
She walked the length and the breadth of the country barefoot in the early 1930s fleeing another unhappy marriage. In the 1930s she ended up in Dar es Salaam where she sang with Egyptian Taarab group for many years. In the 1940s she returned to Zanzibar where she acquired a small mud hut to be her home.
She is known for her role in the Unyago movement which prepares young Swahili women for their transition through puberty. She is one of the experts of this ancient ritual, performed only to teenage girls, which uses traditional rhythms to teach women to pleasure their husbands, while lecturing against the dangers of sexual abuse and oppression.
Studien - Der Mensch [Hands of a Tenor], 1928 (August Sander)
This would be me, listening to Jonas Kaufmann’s lovely, super-exceptional album Wagner (Decca) earlier today.
The interwebz demand photos, Mr. Cave.
I heard you were gone. I went to a tiki bar.
I wondered why the hell you never made that jazz album.
Bettye = Queen.
And to think I just interviewed her. OMFG.
Bettye LaVette - Somebody Pick Up My Pieces
Force of nature. Wowie.
Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan chats about his work with British electronica outfit Soulsavers on Soundcheck this week.