Nascente's double-disc collection The Very Best of World Divas is an oddly compelling -- if a bit uneven -- celebration of the world's foremost female singers. Disc one, labeled "Sunrise," features strong selections from iconic South African vocalist Miriam Makeba, Brazilian pop goddess Joyce, and Nina Simone, while the second disc, "Sunset," boasts the talents of such luminaries as Sinéad O'Connor, newgrass songstress Alison Krauss, and French royalty Edith Piaf. The sheer diversity is worthy of a round of applause and the song selections for the most part are informed and well placed. Though a wee bit saccharine -- the producers chose Krauss' Oh Brother Where Art Thou? contribution, "Down to the River to Pray, " and woefully misrepresent Astrud Gilberto by including the daft "One Note Samba" -- it's a fair, enjoyable exercise, and a good primer for the wealth of material that awaits a piqued interest.