Gifted: Women of the World

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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 ...
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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.
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.

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2001
  • Label: Real World
  • UPC: 724385003325
  • Catalog Number: 50033

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Song To The Siren - Sheila Chandra (4:25)
  2. 2 Cardo o Ceniza - Susana Baca (4:34)
  3. 3 Mamavatu - Susheela Raman (3:52)
  4. 4 The Bodies And The Knives - Eleftheria Arvanitaki (3:39)
  5. 5 Baro - Assitan Keita (4:53)
  6. 6 Mani - Yungchen Lhamo (5:22)
  7. 7 Ever So Lonely/Eyes/Ocean - Sheila Chandra (3:37)
  8. 8 Sappho - Eleftheria Arvanitaki (3:15)
  9. 9 Las Muchachas - Susana Baca (3:07)
  10. 10 Incantation - Yungchen Lhamo (2:56)
  11. 11 Los Pastores - Estrella Morente (5:04)
  12. 12 Sri Jagadamba - Shruti Sadolikar (4:53)
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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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