Category Archives: World Music

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

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.

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.

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)


Sofi Tukker

Sofi Tukker are Sophie and Tucker.
Extended version is Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern.
They are a couple of very talented artists based in New York. Tucker is originally from Boston, and Sophie was born in Germany she spent a few years in rural Canada, and then studied in Italy and Brazil. They met at an art gallery while attending Brown University, and the rest is history as they say.

So shall we get to the music?  Such amazing beautiful music it is too.

First up this song “Drinkee”, which is from the Soft Animals EP, was nominated for a 2017 Grammy for Best Dance Recording.
“Drinkee” is adapted from a poem written by the Brazilian poet, Chacal, sung sensually amidst cowbells, bongos, electric guitars and deep driving bass.
That said, this is a refreshing breath of fresh air through the musical hinterland.

Director & Animator: Sam Mason
Director of Photography: Matt Daniels
Production Company: Walter Pictures
Producer: Macha Tsarenkov

Another great track from the EP, I’m just lovin’ it. So, oh so, cool. Awooo Awooo.
Swans, chicks, peacocks, it’s all for the birds. But really those piercing blue eyes.
Awoo feat. Betta Lemme

Director & Animator: Sam Mason
Director of Photography: Sharon Meir
Production Company: Walter Pictures
Producer: Macha Tsarenkov and Adam Tate

I have to say that one of my favorite tracks from the “Soft Animals” EP is this catchy number.
It is another beautiful track that has so much going for it.

Matadora is the second single off their debut EP “Soft Animals”

So they are all great songs, let’s see how they do live. Here Sofi Tukker perform Drinkee in live concert for KCRW Summer Nights Concert Series at One Colorado in Pasadena, California on 06/04/2016. And it is delicious. Love love love it.

Live performance at ‘School Night!’ Bardot, Los Angeles. With the wonderful Betta Lemme.
I love to have the comparison between the live and the “Official Video” performance.
This is superb, if you have the chance to see them live, don’t miss it.
Awoo (feat. Betta Lemme)

Video by: Marco Curiel

Our final one today, a great live version of my aforementioned favorite from the EP.
And this performance does not disappoint.

Sofi Tukker performs Matadora in live concert for KCRW Summer Nights Concert Series at One Colorado in Pasadena, California on 06/04/2016.

More Sofi Tukker here.