Holding up Half the Sky: Womens Voices from Around the World, Vol. 1

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
As a compilation of Pan-African works, this compilation from Shanachie is amazingly thorough. Nearly all of the regions and musical styles of Africa are represented as opposed to the usual style of just West African griot songs, or South African vocals, or Kenyan melodies, or soukous, etc.. The Mahotella Queens begin the album with a stunning display of the South African township style. They're followed by pop-funkster Angelique Kidjo on "Batonga." Senegalese mbalax singer Kine Lam is next, and then the powerful singer Aicha Kone from the Ivory Coast. Mbira master Stella Chiweshe contributes a work of skill on "Ndindereri," and Kinshasan M'Bilia Bel follows with a work ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
As a compilation of Pan-African works, this compilation from Shanachie is amazingly thorough. Nearly all of the regions and musical styles of Africa are represented as opposed to the usual style of just West African griot songs, or South African vocals, or Kenyan melodies, or soukous, etc.. The Mahotella Queens begin the album with a stunning display of the South African township style. They're followed by pop-funkster Angelique Kidjo on "Batonga." Senegalese mbalax singer Kine Lam is next, and then the powerful singer Aicha Kone from the Ivory Coast. Mbira master Stella Chiweshe contributes a work of skill on "Ndindereri," and Kinshasan M'Bilia Bel follows with a work from Rochereau. Ami Koita, a Manding singer, then appears to give tribute to a Guinean businessman. Mauritanian Malouma follows with a romantic song vaguely in the style of Umm Kalthum. One of the few "world divas" along with Susana Baca and Ofra Haza, Miriam Makeba provides a piece of smooth African soul in "Ngewundini" and the Lijadu Sisters add in a piece of Afrobeat on "Orere Elegjigbo." Kenyan Malika furnishes a work of tarabu from the Arab/Swahili tradition. Next comes Tshala Muana from Zaire and Netsanet Mellesse from Ethiopia, both of whom use their own arrangements for works of current pop music from their homes. Finally, South African blues and jazz queen Dorothy Masuka provides a reworking of a former hit of her own, "Hapo Zamani." Overall, there are enough styles here with enough production to make any vague fan of African vocal work into a true believer. The process of making such a compilation can be trying for producers, but moreover can be trying for listeners. This collection, however, is stunningly well put together, showcasing only the best of the various genres of African female music, and forcing the listener to pay heed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/1997
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351610027
  • Catalog Number: 6100

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Amabhongo (2:04)
  2. 2 Batonga (4:31)
  3. 3 Souma Sagnone (5:02)
  4. 4 Kanawa (6:06)
  5. 5 Ndinderere (4:51)
  6. 6 Faux Pas (6:50)
  7. 7 Gomba (4:45)
  8. 8 Ya Habibi (5:54)
  9. 9 Mgewundini (4:32)
  10. 10 Orere Elejigbo (4:10)
  11. 11 Sibure Nambo - Malika (4:53)
  12. 12 Tshibola (5:02)
  13. 13 Yelew Wekesa (4:34)
  14. 14 Hapo Zamani (4:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Eirigh Suas a Stóirin (Rise up My Love) (5:08)
  2. 2 The Tinkerman's Daughter (5:15)
  3. 3 The Streets of Derry (7:02)
  4. 4 The Rambling Irishman (3:33)
  5. 5 The Water Is Wide (7:30)
  6. 6 Fill Iu O (2:50)
  7. 7 Isle of St. Helena - General Humbert (5:04)
  8. 8 Storm in My Heart (4:30)
  9. 9 She Is Like the Swallow (2:56)
  10. 10 Maggie (3:57)
  11. 11 12th of July (Lament for the Children) (3:17)
  12. 12 The Green Wood Laddie (6:25)
  13. 13 Peata Beag (Little Pet) (4:29)
  14. 14 Wild Roving No More - Kentigern (4:29)
  15. 15 Mi le M' Uilinn (5:28)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Stepping out of Babylon (4:06)
  2. 2 Black Woman (3:56)
  3. 3 Uptown Top Ranking (3:45)
  4. 4 One Draw (4:23)
  5. 5 Jah Mysterious Works (7:38)
  6. 6 Many Are Called (3:47)
  7. 7 International Style (3:24)
  8. 8 Babylon Must Fall (4:26)
  9. 9 Ina Jah Jah Children (4:10)
  10. 10 Narrow Minded Man (4:49)
  11. 11 It Dread out Deh (2:53)
  12. 12 Teach the Youth (2:50)
  13. 13 Children of the Ghetto (2:35)
  14. 14 Look After Your Structure (3:43)
  15. 15 Structure Dub (4:50)
Disc 4
  1. 1 The Broken Zither (Introduction) (2:01)
  2. 2 Neend Koyi (6:42)
  3. 3 Love Tune (2:19)
  4. 4 Lorloran/Salang (9:48)
  5. 5 Kunjan Sabuki - Nenes (6:20)
  6. 6 Ona (4:53)
  7. 7 Naschat Cinta (3:55)
  8. 8 Lhasa Pumo (3:40)
  9. 9 Tonggeret (4:39)
  10. 10 Tanola Nomads - Sainkho Namtchylak (3:16)
  11. 11 Lam Klon: Wai Khru (2:23)
  12. 12 Darlaashkyn (2:01)
  13. 13 Kyar Chi Yan (1:43)
  14. 14 Kyema Mimin (3:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Bothy Band Track Performer
Clannad Track Performer
Jackie Daly Accordion
Seamus Egan Whistle (Instrument), tin whistle
Archie Fisher Guitar
Cilla Fisher Vocals, Track Performer
Dolores Keane Vocals, Track Performer
Maighread Ní Dhomnaill Vocals, Track Performer
Steeleye Span Track Performer
Mad Professor Track Performer
Rita Marley Track Performer
Judy Mowatt Track Performer
Sister Carol Track Performer
Idjah Hadidjah Track Performer
The Lijadu Sisters Track Performer
Mahotella Queens Track Performer
Miriam Makeba Track Performer
Najma Track Performer
Mary Black Vocals, Track Performer
Tommy Smith Soprano Saxophone
Ron Shaw Cello
Cathal McConnell Whistle (Instrument)
M'Bilia Bel Track Performer
Dorothy Masuka Track Performer
Tshala Muana Track Performer
Euis Komariah Track Performer
De Danann Track Performer
Frankie Gavin Fiddle
General Humbert Track Performer
Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill Harmonium, Vocals, Clavinet, Track Performer
Paddy Keenan Pipe, Chant
Niamh Parsons Vocals, Track Performer
I-Threes Track Performer
Netsanet Mellesse Track Performer
Nasida Ria Track Performer
The Voice Squad Vocals
Kine Lam Track Performer
Aicha Kone Track Performer
Michael Aharon Piano, Cello
John Anthony Percussion
Shani Benjamin Track Performer
Chris Birkett Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Accordion, Conga, Drums, Keyboards, Marimbas, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals, Kalimba, Shaker, cowbell
Karan Casey Vocals, Track Performer
Gerry Cullen Vocals
Dhaima Track Performer
John Doyle Guitar
Hortense Ellis Track Performer
Alec Finn Guitar
Liam Genockey Percussion, Drums
Kevin Glackin Fiddle
Marcia Griffiths Track Performer
Tim Harries Bass, Keyboards
Angélique Kidjo Track Performer
Talitha MacKenzie Track Performer
Karen Matheson Vocals, Track Performer
Fran McPhail Vocals
Maura O'Connell Vocals, Track Performer
Donald Shaw Piano
Liu Sola Track Performer
Nadine Sutherland Track Performer
Steve Tibbetts Track Performer
Gay Woods Vocals, Track Performer
Cathie Ryan Vocals, Track Performer
Bimbo Acock Saxophone
Malika Track Performer
Ami Koita Track Performer
Dervish Track Performer
Cathy Jordan Vocals, Track Performer, Bodhran
Liam Kelly Flute, Background Vocals
Brian McDonagh Mandolin
Shane Mitchell Accordion
Joy White Track Performer
Choying Drolma Track Performer
Yungchen Lhamo Track Performer
Phil Callery Vocals
Chawiwan Damnoen Track Performer
Malouma Mint Maideh Track Performer
Nenes Track Performer
Shay Kavanagh Bouzouki, Guitar
Gary Coupland Keyboards
John Donegan Mandolin, Harmonium
Aidysmaa Kandan Track Performer
Arthur Keating French Horn
Barbara Paige Track Performer
Marcia Aitken Track Performer
Althea & Donna Track Performer
Yulduz Track Performer
Sylvia Barnes Track Performer
Sainkho Namtchylak Track Performer
Peter Knight Violin
Brian Miller Guitar
Bob Johnson Electric Guitar
Michael Holmes Bouzouki
Technical Credits
The Bothy Band Arranger
Jackie Daly Arranger
Seamus Egan Producer
Dolores Keane Arranger
Dónal Lunny Producer
Maighread Ní Dhomnaill Arranger
Steeleye Span Arranger, Producer
Mad Professor Producer
Rita Marley Producer
Judy Mowatt Producer
Tabu Ley Rochereau Producer
Bill Laswell Producer
Richard Evans Producer
Lenny MacDowell Producer, Contributor
Joe Gibbs Producer
Tshala Muana Producer
De Danann Producer
Frankie Gavin Arranger
General Humbert Arranger
John Faulkner Arranger
Rick Heizman Producer
Kine Lam Producer
Aston Barrett Producer
Colin Bass Producer
Chris Birkett Laud
Andrew Boland Arranger, Producer
Ciaran Brennan Arranger, Producer
Paul Brennan Producer
Lloyd Campbell Producer
Mataya Clifford-Chewaluza Producer
Grub Cooper Producer
Lou Deprijck Producer
Mícheál Ó Domhnaill Producer
Noel Duggan Producer
John Etchells Producer
Francis Falceto Producer
Alec Finn Arranger
John Gahagan Producer
Joe Galdo Producer
Edward Haber Liner Notes
Hoshikawa Kyoji Producer
Scott Ian Producer
Roger King Producer
Talitha MacKenzie Arranger
Johnny McDonagh Producer
Robin Morton Producer
Maura O'Connell Arranger
Mike Pilot Producer
Dougie Pincock Producer
S.E. Pottinger Producer
Nicky Ryan Producer
Donald Shaw Producer
Ricky Walters Producer
Hyman Wright Producer
Hector Zazou Producer
Yulduz Usmanova Producer
Alexander Bapa Producer
Randall Grass Executive Producer
Roger Steffens Liner Notes
Percy Chin Producer
Errol T. Producer
Dervish Arranger
Brian McDonagh Producer
Joan Pelosi Art Direction
Jim McGuire Producer
Jim Barnes Producer
Clive Chin Producer
Marks Mankwane Producer
H.Mudrikah Zain Producer
Anthony "Sangie" Davis Producer
Philemon Hou Producer
Alan Shelly Producer
Artie Trezise Producer
Barbara Paige Producer
Taylor Barnes Illustrations, Paintings
Shizuru Ohtaka Producer
Mighty Two Producer
Kentigern Arranger
Laolu Akins Producer
Odion Iruoje Producer
Samir Naman Producer
Sandy Stanage Producer
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