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
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!