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…

Katie Melua I Write The Songs 53

Katie Melua I Write The Songs 53 – part 1 Kate Bush, Wuthering heights, 1978, 4:26 David Gray & Annie Lennox, Full steam Katie Melua, The flood 2014 3:37 songwriter of the week Gotye feat Kimbra, Somebody I used to know Little liar (aka Maya Yanni), Incomplete 2014 4:53 Lo-fang, you’re the one I want Katie Melua I Write The Songs 53 – part 2 Katie Melua, The closest thing to crazy (Mike Batt) John … Read on…

WSS 2014 Playlist

Every year brings its lot of music goodies. Below are the ones that we had the privilege to hear and enjoy. As usual, the list is edited by Mateo James with the input of everyone at the WSS team. Going Down to the River, Doug Seegers (USA) Releasing your debut album late in life infuses the record with experiences and maturity. Doug Seegers’ debut solo album is raw, rootsy and emotionally charged. A brilliant 62-year-old singer … Read on…

Linda Perry: I Write The Songs 51

This playlist, Linda Perry: I Write The Songs 51, features songs by songwriter of the week Linda Perry as well as other musical gems. Linda Perry: I Write The Songs 51 Christina Aguilera, Beautiful (Linda Perry: – songwriter of the week) Colin Hay, Overkill 4 non-blondes, What’s up Marvin Gaye, What’s going on Tiki Black feat. Jo Bywater, Free like smoke Linda Perry: I Write The Songs 51 – part 2 Ellie Goulding, Your song (Elton … Read on…

I Write The Songs #48

Tapestry, Carole King (veteran singer-songwriter) Jump up behind me, James Taylor You’re so vain, Carly Simon, 1972 Ring of fire, Johnny Cash (June Carter Cash), 1971 version When i can see the valley, Leyla McCalla (Langston Hughes, Leyla McCalla) 2013, USA You’ve got the trees, Alex Highton, UK So far away (live in concert) Carole King, 1993 part 2 Pride, Amy McDonald, 2012 You make it real, James Morrison, 2008 Sambolera, Khadja Nin, 1996, Burundi The River, … Read on…

I Write The Songs #47

Main theme – Under your skin Underneath your clothes, Shakira – Columbia Umbrella, The Manic Street Preachers Jockey Full of Bourbon, Youn Sun Nah (Tom Waits) – USA, Korea An exquisite interpretation of Tom Waits’ 1985 superb first single from his album Rain Dogs. The songstress is Jazz vocalist South Korean Youn Sun Nah and also our cover of the week. Keep her in mind, she will surely come back to showcase her vocal prowess that … Read on…

Love Is A Losing Game (Amy Winehouse)

One of my very favourite lyricists and performers, Amy Winehouse, writes so well about how “love is a losing game“* and sings it so emotionally that it certainly appears to be so: you must give in some space in your bed and suddenly your capacity to stretch with impunity has limitations. There is another to consider, another to acknowledge, another to mind, another not to hurt with our usual individual now almost selfish-feeling habits. But … Read on…

I Write The Songs #43

Burt Bacharach

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 #04

Rehab, Amy Winehouse — Layla, Eric Clapton 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…