#3235: "Glory to Women"

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For this New Sounds, listen to several groundbreaking female musicians from around the world.  There's music from Malian kora player, Madina N'Diaye, who has opened the way to a new phenomenon in Mali: women’s access to musical instruments traditionally reserved for men. In her song, “Moussow,” the lyrics translate as: “They think that women are incapable of doing all the things they do.  But I, Madina, play the Kora...Glory to women, glory to the women of Mali.”  We'll hear another tune from her album, "Bimogow."

Also, we'll hear throat singing by Sainkho Namtchylak, who hails from Tuva, where it is traditionally the men who do the local overtone singing; in fact, females were actively discouraged from learning it.  Then there's a tune from multi-instrumentalist (kemencheh & dumbek) Raquy Danziger, who has had her own share of proving herself in Middle Eastern drum battles.  We'll sample something from Zimbabwe's Queen of Mbira, Stella Chiweshe, who learned her craft in the mid-late 1960's when it was forbidden for a woman to play the instrument.  Also, hear works from Chinese pipa player Wu Man, and music from Malian guitarist and singer Rokia Traore. Plus, listen to music from the sitarist Dr. Krishna Chakravarty, whose guru was Ravi Shankar.  Sadly, we couldn't dredge up a female digeridoo player.  Although there have been documented instances of women playing that instrument and not being left barren...

PROGRAM #3235 Pioneering Women in World Music (First aired on 8/19/11)    

ARTIST: Stella Chiweshe
WORK: Mugomba [3:05]
RECORDING: Ambuya?
SOURCE: Shanachie 65006
INFO: Out of print, but try the “Best of Stella Chiweshe” through Amazon.com

ARTIST: Rokia Traoré
WORK: M'Bifo [6:15]
RECORDING: Bowmboi
SOURCE: Nonesuch 79852
INFO: nonesuch.com

ARTIST: Madina N’Diaye
WORK: Farafina [4:23]
RECORDING: Bimogow
SOURCE: Nature Bliss / panai 008
INFO: naturebliss.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Stella Chiweshe
WORK: Nehondo [4:51]
RECORDING: Ambuya?
SOURCE: Shanachie 65006
INFO: Out of print, but try the “Best of Stella Chiweshe” through Amazon.com

ARTIST: Raquy and the Cavemen
WORK:  Shashkin [4:53]
RECORDING: Jordan
SOURCE: Meef #63812 
INFO: raquyandthecavemen.com

ARTIST: Wu Man
WORK: Bat Out of Hell Kozachok [2:50]
RECORDING: Wu Man And Friends
SOURCE:  Traditional Crossroads #4329
INFO: traditionalcrossroads.com

ARTIST: Sainkho Namtchylak
WORK: Dance of Eagle [4:36]
RECORDING: Stepmother City
SOURCE: Ponderosa 3
INFO: ponderosa.it Or sainkho.net

ARTIST: Injegul Saburova, ghirjek & Ziyada Sheripova, dutar & vocal
WORK: Sen Yar Gedeli (Since you left) [2:43]
RECORDING: Music of Central Asia, Vol. 4: Bardic Divas, Women’s Voices in Central Asia
SOURCE: SFW 40523
INFO: folkways.si.edu

ARTIST: Dr. Krishna Chakravarty
WORK: Dhun in Raga Mishra-pahari, excerpt [8:00]
RECORDING: Ananda
SOURCE: Fortuna 17046-2
INFO: Available at Amazon.com