Once again I'm forced to apologize for the infrequency of my posts lately. As usual, I have several projects in the hopper, but all kinds of personal business has intervened to prevent me from finishing them.
Fortunately, what should come over the transom but a fine new compilation by our friend Ken Abrams, who was responsible for a couple of installments in the fondly remembered African Serenades series a few years back. Ken calls this collection of tracks by female artists "African Woman is Boss" (a play on a calypso, "Woman is Boss") but with his permission I'm rechristening it African Divas Vol. 4, since I've been wanting to put together another installment in that series for some time.
Mostly off the World Music™ radar, these chanteuses are testimony to the talent and artistry of Africa's female singers. Enjoy!
1. Deka - Ade Liz (Cote d'Ivoire)2. Fide (Le Repos) - N. Lauretta (Cameroun)3. Mumi We Njo - Cella Stella (Benin)4. Je Caime Larsey - Lady Talata (Ghana)5. Oa - Betuel Enola (Cameroun)6. Time - Sissy Dipoko (Cameroun)7. Shameributi - Oyana Efiem Pelagie & Soukous Stars (Gabon)8. Komeka Te - Pembey Sheiro (Congo)9. Mu Mengu - Itsiembu-y-Mbin (Cameroun)10. Mbo Ya? - Lolo (Cameroun)11. Gbaunkalay - Afro National (Sierra Leone)12. Gnon Sanhon - Rose Ba (Togo)13. Djombo - Hadja Soumano (Mali)14. Kanyama - Amayenge (Zambia)15. Mesa Ko Noviwo O - Okyeame Kwame Bediako & his Messengers (Ghana)16. Mede Yta - Yta Jourias (Togo)17. Play Play - Wulomei (Ghana)
Download African Divas Vol 4 here (and you can get Vol. 1 here, Vol. 2 here, and Vol. 3 here). Be advised also that in addition to his musical interests, Ken Abrams is a talented artist. Check out his work here.