Amina: a modern Scheherazade

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About Amina Amina is a symbol of successful musical fusion between Arab and Western worlds emerging right in the 1980s when World music is rising. Her artistic make-up brought her up in two cultures, the cultural melting pot of the Tunisian city of Carthage (with Maghrebi music, Italian variety and the music of Joan Baez and James Brown brought through the Tabarka Festival) and Paris, where she attended the Conservatoire briefly for some formal musical training and was introduced to classical works and exposed … Read on…

I Write The Songs #45

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Main theme: A playlist of some singer-songwriters, something old, something new, something borrowed, something new Follow the heron, Karine Polwart, Scotland Walking man, James Taylor, USA You know, Laura Marling, England A l’ombre du coeur de ma mie, Debademba, Mali / France borrowed from French singer-songwriter Georges Brassens, lifted with the accents of Mali It ain’t me babe, Bob Dylan Wind cries Mary, Jimy Hendrix Clown, Emeli Sande – Scotland Ashes, Ben Harper – USA Back … Read on…

I Write The Songs #43

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Special Burt Bacharach and Brazil World cup 2014 Dream a little dream of me, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong (music: Fabian Andre and Wilbur Schwandt; lyrics by Gus Kahn cover), from c.1931 Somethin’ stupid, Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman (written by C. Carson Parks and best known in the hit version by Frank Sinatra and daughter Nancy Sinatra) These are the days, Jamie Cullum (Ben Cullum), 2003, England Extraordinary Machine, Fiona Apple Royals, Lorde, 2013, New Zealand … Read on…

I Write The Songs #36

The sensual world, Kate Bush, England Full steam, David Gray & Annie Lennox, England/Scotland Toxic, Yael Naim (Cathy Dennis), UK/Israel Sexual Healing, Marvin Gaye, 1982, USA Easy, Sheryl Crowe, 2014, USA Easy, Lionel Richie and the Commodores, 1977, USA Your song, Ewan Gregor (Elton John), 2001, UK Behind the wall, Tracy Chapman, 1.46, USA Something stupid, Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman, 2.50, USA/UK Complainte de la butte, Rufus Wainwright (Jean Renoir, Georges Van Parys ), … Read on…

Carla Bruni sings us a little French song

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It is easy to categorise Carla Bruni as a face and body with a higher than average ability to hang make-up and clothes. It might even be easier to identify her in relationship to her passage in the French white house or to her aristocratic background. However, under music, all humans are equal and it is the colour she brings to the rainbow of music that is here of interest. Her clear musical talent is … Read on…

Eboa Lotin, the radio (Elimb’a Dikalo)

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“Elimb’a Dikalo” is the Duala (African language) expression for “Radio”, literally the drum of story-telling. It is also a track by Cameroonian singer-songwriter Eboa Lotin and a song that defines him: he honestly speaks (sings), like what he would expect of a self-respecting radio to broadcast, about life and its social events, good and bad without sweeping anything under the rug. In spite of his relatively small amount of releases (about 70 songs and an unfinished album), … Read on…

I Write The Songs #32

Special Female Singer-Songwriters All I Want, Joni Mitchell, 3.33, 1971, Canada Oh No Not My Baby, Carole King, 2.57, 1972, Canada Mercedes Benz, Janis Joplin, 1.45, 1971, USA Malaika, Miriam Makeba, South Africa [not played :(] Wow, Kate Bush, 3.42, 1979, UK My Baby Just Cares For Me, Nina Simone, 3.36, 1958, USA Rowing Song, Patty Griffin, 3.21, 2008, USA Why, Carly Simon, 3.29, 1982, USA Underneath Your Clothes, Shakira, 3.44, 2002, Columbia Thank You, … Read on…

Yael Naim: New Soul

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Yael Naiem is more than just the Israeli-singer-songwriter and pianist of Jewish Tunisian descent who provided the soundtrack (‘New Soul’ for the Apple MacBook Air advertising in 2008 which propelled her in the US top 10, a first for any Israeli music artist. Her apparently voluntarily husked voice has lent itself to beautiful covers and some no less beautifully self-penned songs. The charm is in the voice, whether in English, French or Hebrew, from its delicately … Read on…

Playlist 29 I Write The Songs

Special superb covers Hallelujah written by Leonard Cohen covered by musician KD Lang in 2004 Canada/Canada Lilac Wine written by James Shelton in 1950 and rendered by Jeff Buckley, 04.29, 1994, US A whiter shade of pale (Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, Matthew Fisher – English band Procol Harum), Annie Lennox, 05.16, 1995, Scotland Fire, Des’ree and Babyface (Radio Edit, Bruce Springsteen cover), 03.47 Man in the Mirror, James Morrisson (Michael Jackson cover), UK Toxic, Yael Naim (Cathy … Read on…

WSS Playlist – Best Of 2013

The various contributors at WSS give you a taste of 2013 music by Singer-Songwriters worldwide. The list is edited by Mateo James and is also available as a Youtube Playlist. Every single night, Fiona Apple Fiona Apple takes the time to mould her songs from her inner complex riches and it echoes in the precise instrumentation, the sleek lyricism and the integrity of the delivery. Honest and witty introspection triumphs. Tiki I Ride at Dawn, Ben … Read on…