Thursday, December 23, 2010

Top 20 Folkloric/World Music Women Vocalists

Marta Topferova, World Village
WME Top 20 Folkloric/Traditional Women Vocalists

1. Mariza (Portugal)

2. Cristina Branco (Portugal)

3. Cesaria Evora (Cape Verde)

4. Lura (Cape Verde/Portugal)

5. Savina Yannatou (Greece)

6. Oumou Sangare (Mali)

7. Rokia Traore (Mali)

8. Lila Downs (US/Mexico)

9. Monica Salmaso (Brazil)

10. Tania Libertad (Peru)

11. Mariana Montalvo (Chile/France)

12. Barbara Luna (Argentina)

13. Marta Topferova (US)

14. Sui Vesan (Czech Republic)

15. Jenny Wilhelms (Finland)

16. Julie Fowlis (Scotland)

17. Uxia (Spain)

18. Marina Rossell (Spain)

19. Estrella Morente (Spain)

20. Omara Portuondo (Cuba)

Women or Mixed Voice Ensembles

1. Faraualla (Italy)

2. Kitka (US)

3. Corou de Berra (France)

This wasn't an easy list to compile.  Many fabulous vocalists weren't included, such as Native American, Indian classical, jazz, blues, bluegrass, or American folk artists.  I'll compile those lists at another time. 

I enjoy the music of hundreds of women vocalists so this list represents mainly artists that command our attention and inclusion in our CD collections.

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