Multcolib My Librarian Alison: 10 sublime divas, 10 divine songs
Annotation:The patter at the beginning of this recording (sadly, with no footage) makes this rendition even better.
Annotation:Evora , a Cape Verdean, sang in the tradition of Fado, a Portuguese style marked by mournful sentiment. You don't have to speak Portuguese understand the feeling behind the music.
Annotation:Adele is such a charming presence when she isn't singing, but when she opens her mouth to sing - wow. NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts provide an intimate experience with some amazing musicians.
Annotation:Disturbing, horrifying, intense and haunting all at once.
Annotation:"At Last" was played over and over when James died in 2012, but it never grew tired.
Annotation:I love the contrast between the recording above and an older Etta James singing her hit in this video. Still the great voice and even more depth of emotion.
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Ten songs and albums in a variety of formats to make you swoon. My list includes Sharon Jones, Lila Downs, Cesaria Evora, Dinah Washington, Rachael Price, Etta James, Nina Simone, Edith Piaf, Adele, Billie Holiday. Who's on yours?
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