“As long as the songs are strong, I think you can express yourself in any style and have it be soulful and have it be your own voice. ” Ben Harper
I love World Music and, when I’m relaxing at home on the weekends, I like to sample a few from around the globe. What I find fascinating about the genre is that the music is not only varied, it exposes us to a wide and impressive range of soulful sounds and instruments. As often as is feasible, I’d love to share some of the sounds that cross my path; I’ll call it Soulful Saturdays. Today, I’ll share a few songs from the African continent (Guinea-Bissau, Mali, DRC/Kenya, Uganda) and Brazil. My blog friend xandimusic at World Music – the Music Journey shares great music from around around the world… worth a blog visit and a listen. Two songs, Julia (above) and Mpita Njia (below), were from xandimusic’s selections. Julia by Super Mama Djombo, a rock group from Guinea-Bissau, is a haunting song; a mournful plea for help after the death of a first love and a separation from a second.
“Music fills the infinite between two souls” Rabindranath Tagore
I saw Amadou and Mariam perform in Central Park many years ago and was blown away by their sound. What makes this couple even more impressive is that they have captured the hearts of music lovers around the world with their unique and beautiful sounds. They are both blind and met in a special braille school in Mali. They travel frequently, creating and performing great music. They recently produced a new album – Folila – which includes several collaborations with Western artists. This song is from that album.
“Music is the vernacular of the human soul” Geoffrey Latham
Cassia Eller was known for her great soulful sounds; a fusion of rock music combined with Brazilian pop music (MPB). She started performing in her teens and developed a following both for her music and her stand for sexual freedom; particularly around matters of sexual orientation. She was one of Brazil’s prominent lesbian artists, and people some times referred to her as the “South American Melissa Etheridge.” Sadly, Cassia passed away at age 39 from a heart attack. Her music remains popular today.
“I’m very soulful. I grew up singing in church. When I sing a song, I like to feel what I’m singing.” Fantasia Barrino
The song above – Mpita Njia – is performed by two young, well regarded African female artists. “Mpita njia” is a song about a woman trying to warn another woman about the man she is dating. Alicios wrote the song in Swahili. She is from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and is based in Kenya. Juliana is from Uganda and has won many awards for her music. She is also a popular actress and a mother of one.
Stay Inspired! What are your thoughts? Do you listen to World Music? Do you have any favorite artistes from the genre? What would you suggest we listen to? Do share! Thank you. 🙂
*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! 🙂
Positive Motivation Tip: Soulful sounds keep us moving our feet while using our minds. Enjoy.
- Amadou and Mariam: ‘When you live in this world you have to make yourself useful’ (guardian.co.uk)
- Amadou & Mariam: Aim To Expand Audience With Folila (nytimes.com)
- Juliana collaborates with Congolese Alicios (londoncranes.com)
- Amadou & Mariam: New Album (jambase.com)
- Osheaga 2012 Spotlight Series: Amadou and Mariam (musicforyourhealth.wordpress.com)
- Collaborations energize Mali duo Amadou and Mariam (ctv.ca)
- Amadou & Mariam forge a new musical tradition (canada.com)
- Amadou and Mariam, :BRAÏ Jewellery Brand Ambassadors (boticca.com)