Tag: songwriting

  • Cesária Évora: Mãe Carinhosa

    Cesária Évora: Mãe Carinhosa

    A new song by Cesária Évora is certainly a good excuse to open the floodgates of nostalgia! The Cape Verdean singer passed away in December 2011 after a very successful “late” international career. The singer was 47 when she recorded her first breakthrough album La…

  • Tony Gatlif: Vengo

    Tony Gatlif: Vengo

    Tony Gatlif is a French film maker born in Algiers of a Romani mother. This family connection probably explains why almost every film by Tony Gatlif is concerned with the social, political and cultural alienation of gypsy communities across Europe. And why music as a…

  • Alela Diane & Alina Hardin: Matty Groves

    Alela Diane & Alina Hardin: Matty Groves

    This is another song by Alela Diane which comes  from the Alela & Alina EP (2009) featuring Alina Hardin. On this particular EP, old and new songs arranged with splendid harmonies alternate seamlessly. It includes three compositions, a cover of Townes Van Zandt’s Rake and…

  • Alela Diane: White as diamonds

    Alela Diane: White as diamonds

    Alela Diane is a young singer songwriter from Nevada City, California now living in Portland, Oregon. She is usually associated with Mariee Sioux, another Nevada City native, or with English singer Vashti Bunyan. While she has now changed over a more Folk-Rock sound with her…

  • Daniel Martin Moore: In the Cool of the Day

    Daniel Martin Moore: In the Cool of the Day

    Daniel Martin Moore is a Kentucky-born singer songwriter who grew up immersed in the Southern Baptists’ musical traditions of spirituals, hymns, gospel and choir music. In 2011, the musician set out to record In the Cool of the Day, a collection introducing a personal and…

  • Amadou & Mariam: Wily Kataso

    Amadou & Mariam: Wily Kataso

    Amadou & Mariam have been playing music together since the early 1980s and Folila, released in April 2012, is the pair’s latest recording. Often referred to as “the blind couple from Mali”, Amadou & Mariam have a great knack for composing catchy songs in their…

  • Rasha Rezk: Mreyte ya Mreyte

    Rasha Rezk: Mreyte ya Mreyte

    “Mreyte ya Mreyte” (Mirror oh my mirror) is another track from the Caramel soundtrack (see previous post). Performed by Syrian singer Rasha Rezk, beautifully orchestrated and arranged by Lebanese composer Khaled Mouzanar, it is the final song of the film as the credits roll: Mirror oh…

  • Susanna Wallumrød: Who by Fire

    Susanna Wallumrød: Who by Fire

    Released in 2011 on the ECM record label, If Grief Could Wait  is a remarkable cross-genre recording featuring indie pop and jazz Norwegian singer Susanna Wallumrød, Swiss Baroque harp player Giovanna Pessi, Italian nyckelharpa (the Swedish keyed fiddle) player Marco Ambrosini and Swiss-based viola de gamba player Jane…