New York, USA – Putumayo has released Women of Africa, a collection of songs by leading female artists from throughout the African continent. Women of Africa celebrates the importance of women in contemporary music of this culturally diverse region.
Women have always played an essential role in the preservation of African
culture. From lullabies sung to sleepy children to chants of celebration, women
are important bearers of tradition. Unlike some areas in the world where females
are discouraged from taking part in public musical performance, in sub-Saharan
Africa, music is an essential social activity for all members of the community.While many musical instruments are traditionally played exclusively by men,
women often provide the voice of Africa’s music. This legacy carries over from
traditional to contemporary music, and many of today’s most popular singers in
Africa are women.
Women of Africa features Putumayo’s favorite songs by women from Algeria to
Zimbabwe. Ranging from internationally revered artists like
Angelique Kidjo (Benin), Tarika (Madagascar), Women of Mambazo (South Africa), Khadja Nin (Burundi) and Dorothy Masuka (Zimbabwe), to rising stars such as Judith Sephuma (South Africa), Souad Massi (Algeria), and Sibongile Khumalo (South Africa), to new discoveries Nawal (Comoros), Maria de Barros (Cape Verde), Kaïssa
(Cameroon), and Dobet Gnahoré (Ivory Coast), the artists on Women of Africa
represent a wide spectrum of today’s African music scene.
Buy Women of Africa
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.