Ten Unusual Female Singing Voices

January 23, 2013 · 15 comments

I’m not someone who listens to commercial music, preferring to seek out musicians who have their own sound.  Here are ten female singers from around the world who don’t just sing beautifully, but use their voice expressively and/or as an instrument in its own right.

Spanish: Estrella Morente – Coquinas (live)

South African: Miriam Makeba – Amampondo

Native American: Ulali – Mother

Hawaiian: Rose Moe – Mai Kai No Kauai

Ethiopian: Aster Aweke – Tizita

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American: Joanna Newsom – Colleen

Scottish: Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas

New Zealander: Kimbra – Settle Down

French: Nouvelle Vague – Too Drunk to Fuck

American: Janelle Monáe – Violet Stars Happy Hunting!

Music can be so powerful, can’t it?  Who would you have added to this list?  I eagerly await your recommendations and suggestions!

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