Voices of Iranian women

Today a re-post from the old blog, this music is so beautiful I had to have it in an easy to get at place.

This is such a beautiful selection of songs I had to share it.
Thanks to my old pal Penz for turning me on to it.

And thanks to Moji Taali for putting together the collection.

These are the words of Moji Taali
This is my first collection of voices of Iranian women. It contains music produced by Iranian female singers and musicians, whose voices have been suppressed in recent years. They are forbidden from singing alone and can only sing along with men.
This is my contribution to reversing this cycle. These songs only have female singers and men – at most –  just play along.
I hope you enjoy these beautiful voices and peaceful sounds as much as I do. And if you do, please share it with other friends! Of course I also welcome any feedback.  Follow me @moji-taali for more upcoming sets.

Track Listing.
1- Hani Niroo – Shab bood
2- Shahrzad – Dele Sange Zamooneh
3- IDAFolk – Yeki Bood Yeki Nabood
4- Niaz Navab – Naghshe to Hafez
5- Karen Homayounfar – Ghesseye Paria
6- Giti Khameneh – Poem
7- Hayedeh – Soghati
8- Lachini (feat Simin Ghaderi) – Man Neveshtam baran
9- Parnaz Partovi – Dream
10- Maryam Mirbagheri – Ara’s Dream
11- Elnaz Miabinezhad – Mon Chtit
12- Eendo – Waltz e Chaman
13- Luna Shad – Nocturne (Shabaneh)
14- Aida Shahghasemi – Lilly and the Moon
15- Marjan Farsad – Cheshmhaye Tameshki

All Photos: Bahareh Kian Afshar

Brenda Xu

model: Brenda Xu, MUAH: Kat St. John

Wow, what a treat I have for you on this quiet Sunday afternoon. Meet a very talented singer / songwriter who hails from the Seattle area in the great North West.

We’ll let her fill you in with her mini bio:
Ambient/folk artist, Brenda Xu (pronounced “shoo”) has been building a steady following since her arrival on the Seattle music scene a few years ago. The momentum she created with the release of her last album “For The Winter” in 2014 has led to two successful western U.S. tours and a recent feature in the MTV show “Awkward.” Compared to artists such as Cat Power, Daughter, and Aimee Mann, her sound has been described as “treading the delicate line between washed-out ambient tones and carefully crafted acoustic arrangements.” Her new album “Overflow” builds on the unique sonic landscape that she created on her last album with more complex song structures and musical arrangements. As a DIY artist, she has successfully funded two Kickstarter campaigns to release her albums and music videos. She plans to tour the U.S. and Europe this year to reach a growing audience in new regions.

That said, every song I have heard by her is a mini masterpiece. All great songs by a great singer.

So are you ready for a wander round her song book?

First up what a beautiful understated song this is. I love the simplicity of its opening verses, but the orchestra provides some complexity. And then of course there is the awesome tone of Brenda Xu and her beautiful voice. A pretty cool video too.
Lovely Storm

“Lovely Storm” written & performed by Brenda Xu
from the album “Overflow” (release date 2/24/17)
live performance shots & editing by Rob Edmondson
time-lapse shots by Krists Veide

📸 Brighton Lacey Photography

I always enjoy these Sofar performances, they always seem to capture the artist perfectly. This one is no exception a beautiful performance by Brenda Xu @ Sofar San Francisco.
Another great song.
Light of the moon

Filmed by: Stef Sequeira
Manuel Garcia
Elizabeth Barelli
Edited by: Elizabeth Barelli
Audio by: Scott McDowell

 

OK, let’s change it up a little bit and hear Brenda on a cover, and of course being from Seattle it has to be Nirvana or Jimi Hendrix. This is a terrific performance at TBASA’s Lo-Fi All Stars #76.
Smells Like Teen Spirit

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” is a song by American rock band Nirvana. It is the opening track and lead single from the band’s second album, Nevermind (1991), released on DGC Records. Written by Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl (lyrics by Cobain, music by Nirvana) and produced by Butch Vig, the song uses a verse-chorus form where the main four-chord riff is used during the intro and chorus to create an alternating loud and quiet dynamic.
[Wikipedia]

 

This is the final track for today, another wonderful live performance, this time @ NILEShcs. A tremendous song about a trumpet, but in lieu of a trumpet they have a flugelhorn. Don’t worry about it just enjoy it.
Trumpet Song

Trumpet Song * Yun-En Liu on violin and Tyler Nugent on flugelhorn

📸 Sharon Hannah

OK, so I lied again. Couldn’t leave you thirsty, so check out this great new album from Brenda Xu.

Overflow

released March 7, 2017

vocals, acoustic guitar: Brenda Xu
drums: Ben Kent
bass, electric & acoustic guitar: Timothy Van Buren
violin: Yun-En Liu
viola: Andrew Van Kempen
cello: Colin Isler
trombone: Don Farwell

all songs written by Brenda Xu ©
produced by Don Farwell & Brenda Xu
recorded at Earwig Studio in Seattle, WA
mastered by Levi Seitz at Blackbelt Mastering

cover artwork by Jacquie Gouvea

 

Souad Massi ~ سعاد ماسي

Souad Massi is a soulful singer-songwriter from Algeria who follows her own muse, she has received death threats in her native country but is now selling hundreds of thousands of records around the globe. She began her career performing in the Kabyle political rock band Atakor. But in 1999 she performed at the Femmes d’Algerie concert in Paris, which led to a recording contract with Island Records. And as the old saying goes, she never looked back.
Souad Massi sings in Classical Arabic, Algerian Arabic, French, occasionally in English, and in the Berber language, Kabyle, often employing more than one language in the same song. And I stumble on with just English.

So we have a little of her background, but why are you really here? For the music of course. So let’s go.
We start with a beautiful song and her voice is beyond amazing. It’s great to see her having fun with the music. I’ve gotta go find me some of her albums. A very definite touch of the Portuguese fado in this track, and I just love fado music.
Yemma

Concert acoustique à la Coupole

This time a bigger stage, but the music is still amazing.
Ya Kalbi – سعاد ماسي – يا قلبي

And the stages get bigger, this time with the full orchestra of Concerto dell’Epifania RAI 1. Still the best thing we hear from this stage is the warm beautiful voice of Souad Massi.
Kilyoum

Now this is truly dramatic. Souad Massi here with Eric Fernandez at the Festival Arabesques in 2013. Started with a terrific Flamenco dancer just to get the dramatic feel going. And then one of my favorite songs so far, even though I have no idea what it is called.

Arabesques Festival: First and unique festival in Europe dedicated to the Arabic Arts & Culture.
Since 2006, the association UNI’SONS organizes every year in May during a week in Montpellier, the encounters of Arabic Arts & Culture, composed of an eclectique artistic programming.
Arabesques represents an opportunity to explore the arab culture through music, theatre, tails, projections, dance, calligraphy… from its traditional artistic heritage to its contemporary creations.
Arabesques aims to offer a better image and knowledge of the Arab World sharing its cultural richness.
The ambition of the festival is to create a friendly space favoring encounters and human exchanges
From all generations and for diverse social and ethnic backgrounds, the audience of Arabesques testifies of a mutual respect and shared pleasures.

Finally today a short set from the wonderful folks at NPR Music in another great Tiny Desk Concert. So perfect, so poignant and such beautiful sounds. I could listen to her all day.

Set List:

“Raoui” (Storyteller)
“Ghir Enta” (No One but You)
“Amessa” (A Day Will Come)
“Le Bien et le mal” (The Good and the Evil)