Gifted: Women of the World

Gifted: Women of the World

     
 
This thoughtful collection reminds us why so many of the stars of the world music firmament are women: They are keepers of tradition, nurturers of culture, and oh sso easy on the ears. Gifted features eight international vocalists and opens with "Song to the Siren," a Sheila Chandra track that presents the Anglo-Indian sorceress

Overview

This thoughtful collection reminds us why so many of the stars of the world music firmament are women: They are keepers of tradition, nurturers of culture, and oh sso easy on the ears. Gifted features eight international vocalists and opens with "Song to the Siren," a Sheila Chandra track that presents the Anglo-Indian sorceress in a rare light. Without sinking to the gooey, common-denominator pop of a Celine Dion, Chandra turns in a stately, moving performance that recalls her Monsoon days (as does the remix of her "Ever So Lonely"), but with the knowing maturity of all that's come after. It's a combination common to all of these tracks. From the impeccable Susana Baca, who weaves her warm Afro-Peruvian magic on "Cardo y Cenizas" and "Las Muchachas" to the touching Tibetan Yungchen Lhamo, whose "Incantation" and "Mani" conjure a rugged, windswept beauty, the artists and performances engender a mysteriously feminine space that encompasses not only tenderness and nurture but also strength and holiness. Susheela Raman, whose Salt Rain was one of 2001's most welcome debuts, threads Indian and African tones together for a transportive "Mamavatu." Greek siren Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Mali's Assitan Mama Keita, Spanish flamenco singer Estrella Morente, and Hindustani vocalist Shruti Sadolikar round out an uplifting set. With proceeds going to Witness, an organization that provides cameras and video equipment to human rights activists, this is one project that not only celebrates the diversity of the world's women, it safeguards it. Evocative and soothing, Gifted is exactly how this CD will make listeners feel.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
This thoughtful collection reminds us why so many of the stars of the world music firmament are women: They are keepers of tradition, nurturers of culture, and oh sso easy on the ears. Gifted features eight international vocalists and opens with "Song to the Siren," a Sheila Chandra track that presents the Anglo-Indian sorceress in a rare light. Without sinking to the gooey, common-denominator pop of a Celine Dion, Chandra turns in a stately, moving performance that recalls her Monsoon days (as does the remix of her "Ever So Lonely"), but with the knowing maturity of all that's come after. It's a combination common to all of these tracks. From the impeccable Susana Baca, who weaves her warm Afro-Peruvian magic on "Cardo y Cenizas" and "Las Muchachas" to the touching Tibetan Yungchen Lhamo, whose "Incantation" and "Mani" conjure a rugged, windswept beauty, the artists and performances engender a mysteriously feminine space that encompasses not only tenderness and nurture but also strength and holiness. Susheela Raman, whose Salt Rain was one of 2001's most welcome debuts, threads Indian and African tones together for a transportive "Mamavatu." Greek siren Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Mali's Assitan Mama Keita, Spanish flamenco singer Estrella Morente, and Hindustani vocalist Shruti Sadolikar round out an uplifting set. With proceeds going to Witness, an organization that provides cameras and video equipment to human rights activists, this is one project that not only celebrates the diversity of the world's women, it safeguards it. Evocative and soothing, Gifted is exactly how this CD will make listeners feel.
All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
The work of female vocalists has been a core part of the Real World's releases since the label's inception. Charismatic and stylistically flexible artists like Sheila Chandra and Yungchen Lhamo have the kind of listener-friendly sound that allows for easy crossover into pop without having to sacrifice too much musical heritage. So, it isn't surprising to see Real World commemorate their roster of female artists with this compilation. Originally sponsored as part of a promotion for Perfumes Cacharel, this compilation delivers much higher quality than one might expect from a cross-branded product. Indeed, the disc is a pleasant mix of pop hits like Sheila Chandra's "Ever So Lonely" with still-strong but lesser-known songs like Assitan Mama Keita's "Baro." Excellent tracks from Susana Baca, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Estrella Morente, and Shruti Sadolikar help round out the rest of a consistently strong roster.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2001
Label:
Real World
UPC:
0724385003325
catalogNumber:
50033

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sheila Chandra   Vocals
Rafael Muñoz   Guitar
Ara Dinkjian   Oud
Joji Hirota   Shakuhachi,Singing Bowls,Japanese Percussion
Assitan Keita   Track Performer
Anand Kunte   Sarangui
Hilaire Penda   Acoustic Bass
Javier Perez-Saco   Piano
David Pinto   Bass,Musical Direction
Shruti Sadolikar   Vocals,Tanpura
Arto Tuncboyaciyan   Percussion
Chano Domínguez   Piano,Vocals
Estrella Morente   Vocals
Yungchen Lhamo   Track Performer
Susana Baca   Vocals
Tom Diakité   Percussion
Vincent Segal   Cello
Manos Achalinotopoulos   Clarinet
Juan Medrano Cotito   Cajon
Jenny Crook   celtic harp
Sam Mills   Synthesizer,Guitar,Sampling
Susheela Raman   Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Coe   Producer
Ara Dinkjian   Arranger
Andy Duncan   Programming
Stephen Hague   Producer
Martha Ladly   Cover Art
Enrique Morente   Producer
Estrella Morente   Arranger
Ruven Afanador   Cover Photo
Susana Baca   Arranger
Tom Diakité   Arranger
Sam Mills   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Chuck Norman   Programming
Susheela Raman   Arranger

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