Global Divas

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
World music box sets make for wonderful reference works, but are rarely intended to provide an extended listening experience. This three-disc set is exquisitely sequenced: wide-ranging samplings of women artists not only harmonize on this album, they move the listener. These tracks aren't merely representative -- each one is a brilliant composition and outstanding performance that sheds light on its sisters. For example, the stunning "Povo Que Lavas No Rio" from Portugal's Amalia Rodrigues finds an Iberian cousin in Spain's flamenco diva Carmen Linares, and quite naturally the next track is "Quimbara" by Cuba's queen of salsa, Celia Cruz. Traditions from six continents...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
World music box sets make for wonderful reference works, but are rarely intended to provide an extended listening experience. This three-disc set is exquisitely sequenced: wide-ranging samplings of women artists not only harmonize on this album, they move the listener. These tracks aren't merely representative -- each one is a brilliant composition and outstanding performance that sheds light on its sisters. For example, the stunning "Povo Que Lavas No Rio" from Portugal's Amalia Rodrigues finds an Iberian cousin in Spain's flamenco diva Carmen Linares, and quite naturally the next track is "Quimbara" by Cuba's queen of salsa, Celia Cruz. Traditions from six continents are represented. Producer Brooke Wentz deserves much credit for filling these two sets of great world music regardless of provenance -- where else would Aretha Franklin and Bollywood diva Lata Mangeshkar rub shoulders with such sisterly goodwill? DIVINE DIVAS, the sequel to this set, is equally recommended.
All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
One of Rounder's releases from before the series of ethno albums from Alain Danielou's vision, Global Divas as an album seems conceptually like something Putumayo would put out; but the music on the album is of full Rounder quality. There are representatives of 41 different musical traditions on the album, with nearly as many separate nations represented by the same. The one main problem with the album is the near-schizophrenia brought by it. The styles switch from Nordic song to Australian Aboriginal influenced folk to Cuban musica campesina, Finnish pop, Malian folk, Tex-Mex, American opera, and more; and that's only the first disc of the three-part set. Each of the artists on the album is a full fledged diva in her/their own right in their native countries, with a few being international divas Celia Cruz, Marlene Dietrich, Aretha Franklin, Miriam Makeba. The editors or the album have done quite a job in collecting such a range of works, and of such quality. If there was only a little more organization on the album, it would be nearly perfect. Luckily, most CD players can now be programmed with a track order. The highlights on the album come in multiple forms. There are works that one would expect to be stunning in some manner Aretha Franklin, Celia Cruz, there are somewhat lesser known, but still stunning virtuoso vocal pieces Oumou Sangare, Rosa Eskenazi, Calypso Rose, there are artists with new names and relations appearing The Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir, formerly known as Les Mystere de Voix Bulgares; Bob Marley's mother Cedella, and there are virtual unknowns at least in the U.S. that have amazing power Nasida Ria, Tarika Sammy, Mercedes Sosa. Overall, the album is quite lengthy, and takes a fan of ethnomusicology with some patience to take in the album in its entirety, but the rewards are paid if one does go through the ordeal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/1995
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661506220
  • Catalog Number: 615062

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Heiemo Og Nykkjen @@Kristen Bräten-Berg (4:55)
  2. 2 Spirit of the Winter Tree - Tiddas (3:32)
  3. 3 A Santa Bárbara - Celina González (3:30)
  4. 4 Pihi Neito - Värttinä (2:41)
  5. 5 Keadilan (Justice) - Nasida Ria (3:15)
  6. 6 Moussolou (Women) - Oumou Sangare (5:12)
  7. 7 Allein in Einer Großen Stadt - Marlene Dietrich (5:03)
  8. 8 Derya U Mazir (Heirs to the Future) - Djur Djura (3:48)
  9. 9 Sonho Meu - Gal Costa (2:50)
  10. 10 Cielito Lindo - Lydia Mendoza (2:43)
  11. 11 Ime Prezakias- Tisifte Telli @@Rosa Esenazi (3:14)
  12. 12 Chaviou Elwara: El Barm (Theme) - Dimi Mint Abba (5:29)
  13. 13 Ya Tayr - Fairuz (4:26)
  14. 14 Go Down Moses - Marian Anderson (2:53)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Povo Que Lavas No Rio - Amália Rodrigues (4:29)
  2. 2 No Va Mi Niña - Carmen Linares (3:53)
  3. 3 Quimbara - Celia Cruz (4:48)
  4. 4 Az Ti Postilam - Bisserov Sisters (3:25)
  5. 5 Vie Nouvelle - Houria Aichi (2:49)
  6. 6 Ju Ju Warrior - Calypso Rose (4:45)
  7. 7 Walkin' After Midnight - Patsy Cline (2:32)
  8. 8 Darlie Kea Lemang - Miriam Makeba & the Skylarks (2:48)
  9. 9 Milord - Edith Piaf (4:27)
  10. 10 Futari No Hitomi - Misora Hibari (3:29)
  11. 11 Caminito de Contreras - Lucha Reyes (3:18)
  12. 12 Anjara (Fate) - Tarika Sammy (6:41)
  13. 13 Erghen Diado (Song of Schopsko) - Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Ch (2:50)
  14. 14 Ro Ro Keda - Zarsanga (7:39)
Disc 3
  1. 1 La Copla del Ordeño @@Maria Olga Piñeros (2:33)
  2. 2 Do Right Woman, Do Right Man - Aretha Franklin (3:13)
  3. 3 Listen up, Ladies (This Is a New Day) - Cedella Marley Booker (4:13)
  4. 4 Águas de Março (Waters of March) - Elis Regina (2:55)
  5. 5 Gracias a la Vida - Mercedes Sosa (4:44)
  6. 6 P.D.G. - Les Amazones de Guinee (3:59)
  7. 7 Mahk Jchi (Heartbeat Drum Song) - Ulali (4:17)
  8. 8 Repülj Madár, Repülj (Fly Bird, Fly!) - Márta Sebestyén (3:36)
  9. 9 El Hob Kolloh (All of My Love) - Om Kalsoum (7:38)
  10. 10 Radha Na Bole - Lata Mangeshkar (3:10)
  11. 11 Amaqawe - Mahotella Queens (2:05)
  12. 12 Anta Rabhi Ou Ras Mali - Cheikha Rimitti (6:38)
  13. 13 Tonggeret - Idjah Hadidjah (4:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lydia Mendoza Track Performer
Marlene Dietrich Track Performer
Maria Bethânia Track Performer
Calypso Rose Track Performer
Gal Costa Track Performer
Sona Diabate Vocals
Idjah Hadidjah Track Performer
Mahotella Queens Track Performer
Ian Anderson Slide Guitar
Aretha Franklin Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Robbie Robertson Keyboards
Lou Bennett Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir Ensemble
Elis Regina Vocals, Track Performer
Edith Piaf Track Performer
Carolyn Franklin Background Vocals
Erma Franklin Background Vocals
Marian Anderson Vocals, Track Performer
Houria Aichi Track Performer
Oumou Sangare Track Performer
Amália Rodrigues Track Performer
Carmen Linares Vocals, Track Performer
Lucha Reyes Track Performer
Mercedes Sosa Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Celina González Track Performer
Fairuz Track Performer
Márta Sebestyén Vocals, Track Performer
Tarika Sammy Track Performer
Celia Cruz Track Performer
Les Amazones de Guinee Track Performer
Nasida Ria Track Performer
Värttinä Track Performer
Lata Mangeshkar Track Performer
Bisserov Sisters Track Performer
Dimi Mint Abba Track Performer
Alex Acuña Percussion
Cedella Marley Booker Track Performer
Cissy Houston Background Vocals
Patsy Cline Track Performer
Tommy Cogbill Bass
Sándor Csoóri Bagpipes, Viola, Hurdy-Gurdy
Bill Dillon Bass, Guitar
Peter Eri Bouzouki, Cello
Róza Eskenázi Vocals
Pura Fe Vocals
Daniel Hamar Bass
Roger Hawkins Drums
Jimmy Johnson Guitar
Mari Kaasinen Vocals
Kirsi Kahkonen Vocals
Janne Lappalainen Bouzouki, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Sultan Muhammad Rabab
Spooner Oldham Organ
Kari Reiman Banjo, Fiddle
Sirpa Reiman Vocals
Dhimitrios Semsis Violin, Oud
Mihaly Sipos Violin, Zither
Talegon Hand Clapping
Djur Djura Track Performer
Ale Möller Synthesizer
Tina Norosoa Raharimalala Tambourine, Vocals
Hanitrarivo Rasoanaivo Percussion, Vocals
Pedro Sierra Acoustic Guitar
Benito Concha Drums
Cheikha Rimitti Track Performer
Zarsanga Vocals, Track Performer
Tiddas Track Performer
Sally Dastey Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Amy Saunders Percussion, Vocals
Misora Hibari Track Performer
Miriam Makeba & the Skylarks Track Performer
Samoela "Sammy" Andriamalalaharijoana Guitar, Vocals
Tom Nekljudow Percussion
Ulali Track Performer
Kosti Vehanen Piano
Sabz Ali Tabla
Paco Cortés Acoustic Guitar
Anu Laakkonen Trumpet
Technical Credits
Betty Wright Arranger, Producer
Houria Aichi Adaptation
Bisserov Sisters Arranger
Dimi Mint Abba Arranger
Owen Bradley Producer
Eddy Grant Producer
Angelo Morris Arranger, Producer
Sultan Muhammad Contributor
Jonathan Wyner Mastering
Arto Järvelä Composer
Brooke Wentz Producer, Liner Notes
Zarsanga Arranger
Alan Block Composer
Bonnie B. Butler Art Direction, Concept
Don Hecht Composer
Traditional Composer
Pedro Homem De Mello Composer
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