International Women’s Day 2018 – A Journey Around the World
On March 8th every year International Women’s Day is celebrated across the globe. Our contribution is this wildly ambitious marathon show where we have selected a female artist from each of the 195 countries of the world (we’re going by the UN here) to play alphabetically by country throughout the day. It hasn’t been easy but we’ve done pretty well. We’re well aware that this could be controversial and we’ve already built the shelter to hunker down in whilst the storm rages! I hope you enjoy our selections and if you don’t, get in touch and tell us who we should have picked.
We tried to create a balanced playlist with old and new artists, some household names and some just starting out, vocalists and instrumentalists (and a few composers), from the traditional to the avant-garde. Generic pop or synthetic beats have been avoided where possible but to be frank some of the micro-nations didn’t give us much of a choice.
Please bear in mind internal politics of various nations have made it pretty difficult to ‘represent’. Indeed our homeland of the UK resulted in an incredibly partisan choice – English folk singer, Bella Hardy. We haven’t represented the diverse musical cultures of Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland – and we haven’t even represented the great ethnic mix of the capital. It’s tricky this representing stuff!
Compiling this show has highlighted a couple of things. Firstly our general playlist is pretty male-dominated. Not because we chosen it that way or that we prefer male musicians but we suspect because of a more general underrepresentation of women in the music industry – sure Taylor Swift and the like are pretty prominent but as a whole music still seems to be a man’s game.
Secondly women are hugely underrepresented if you remove the singers / pop stars. Where are all the phenomenal instrumentalists? They’re tricky to find and we seriously punched the air when we came across world-class players of non-Western instruments – high-five Maya Youssef the extraordinary Syrian qanun player – you’re part of a proud minority.
Finally we made the initial assumption that the amount of female musicians to be found would somehow reflect women’s rights in certain countries. It’s certainly not that simple. Afghanistan has a surprising amount of female talent and our main problem area was the Caribbean (excluding Cuba) where the countries generally score well on the Global Gender Gap but male musicians certainly dominate outside of the pure pop arena. By far the easiest places to find extraordinary female instrumentalists was China, where there appeared to be an almost balanced male / female selection of virtuosos to choose from. Funnily enough gender politics isn’t straight forward either ?
The most important lesson is that when endeavouring to look at playlists from a different angle, extraordinary knowledge is gained. Musicians are out there, all over the world, but some are more difficult to access than others. When you’re forced to put in the effort, by creating challenging rules for a playlist, wonderful revelations occur. Perhaps that’s at the heart of what we try to do every day at WaveGlobe and IWD2018 has made that aim crystal clear to us. It’s been a truly enlightening journey for the WaveGlobe team and we hope you too discover some hidden marvels in our epic playlist.
Finally we need to admit that our playlist is incomplete. Out of 195 nations we failed to find female musicians for every single one. Some of the island nations have miniscule populations and although I’m sure there are fine female musicians playing we weren’t able to source recordings. In a couple of instances the only evidence of female musicians were ‘Pop Idol’ contestants with renditions of pop songs and we didn’t feel that it was right to represent a nation or indeed musicians with talent show contestants of questionable merit. This, therefore is our incomplete and highly subjective playlist!
We’ve marked the ‘editor’s choice’ tracks with a ?. These were the artists that we really enjoyed hearing again or for the first time in some cases. These artists have provided a highlight on our musical journey around the world.
Listen to the WaveGlobe International Women’s Day 2018 special
Gar Konad Sahed-E-Man – Mahwash
Bilbili Kendon Mbi Rrasa – Fitnete Rexha
Bima el Taaloul – Souad Massi
Jugarem A EstimarNos – Marta Roure
Mwbelela – Loudes Van-Denem?
Antigua & Barbuda??
No Tomorrow – Claudette Peters
Gracias A La Vida – Mercedes Sosa
Kele Lao – Flora Martirosian
Wanem Time – Christine Anu
Overture in C Major: I. Allegro con spirito – Marianna Martines
Kaukas Mountains – Aziza Mustafa Zadeh ?
De Peas ‘n’ de Rice – Calypso Mama
Min Galbi – Hind
Baula Gaan – Shapla Salique ?
That La, La, La – Rihanna
Oh, You White Birch – Guda
The Flow – Melanie De Biasio
Walking me to Work – Errollyn Wallen (composer)
Shango Wa – Angélique Kidjo
21 Tara Lullaby – Pema Dechen
K’oli Pankarita – Zulma Yugar
Banja Luko i ravnine tvoje – Emina Zečaj
Pelo Molotsana – Maxy
Dança da Solidão – Beth Carvalho
The first of our failings…. ☹️
Bre Petrunko – Perunika Trio
M’yii nem Wamde – Nana Bibata
African Cooperation – Khadja Nin
Flowers in the Pond – Ros Sereysothea
Bikoutski – Sally Nyolo
La Guignolée – Hélène Baillargeon
Cabo Verde – Cesária Évora
Central African Republic??
Messia (Mademoiselle) – Laetitia Zonzambé
Tourapna – Mounira Mitchala
Quisiera Ser Palomita – Violeta Parra
The Great Wave Washes the Beach – Liu Fang
Cuando Yo Sea Chiquita – Andrea Echeverri
Hima – Nawal ?
So we think that Congos to reform, and ummm…. yeah we couldn’t find a female artist to represent Congo Brazzaville…
Paloma Negra – Chavela Vargas?
Côte d’Ivoire – Dobet Gnahoré
Jelka Je Zaspala – Dunja Knebl ?
¿Dónde Estabas Tú? – Omara Portuondo
Arodhaphnoùsa – Ourania Paraskeva
Svatá Kordula – Aneta Langerova
Democratic Republic of the Congo??
Il Est Vivant – L’or Mbongo
Trøllabundin – Eivør
Gacanteyda meel sare – Nimco Jaamac
Aie Dominique – Ophelia Marie
Ojala Que Llueva Cafe – Maridalia Hernandez
Oh dear… I’m sure we’ll find lots of top women artists from East Timor soon – they evaded us this time though….
A Unos Ojos (Pasillo Ecuador) – Carlota Jaramillo
Ala Balad El Mahboub – Umm Kulthum
Really? Crikey we couldn’t find anyone within a region brimming with wonderful music…. get in touch talented women of El Salvador….
Ö Bötyibi – Hijas del Sol
Medjemerya Feqrey – Tsehaytu Beraki
Ödangule – Maarja Nuut?
Homesickness – Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guébrou
Flores Musicales: 1.Overture – performed by Wilma Smith (composed by Ivan Tcherepnin)
Tuonen Tyttö – Kardemimmit
Camanu – Lydie Auvray
Je t’invite – Annie Flore Batchiellilys
Bannaya – Sona Jobarteh
Apareka – Trio Mandili
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.7: II. Romanze: Andante non troppo con grazia – by Clara Schumann (performed by Veronica Jochum)
Africa – Wiyaala
Liga Psyhould Agapis Sou Gyrevo – Sotiria Bellou
Come on women of Grenada – get in touch – we know you must be out there! Why can’t we find you?
Amapola – Gaby Moreno
M’boré – Sona Diabate ?
Bu Tcholonadur – Eneida Marta
Morwa Bolee – Joyce Urmela Harris
A.k.i.ko. – Emeline Michel
Luwübüri Sigala (Hills of Tegucigalpa) – Umalali
Szerelem, Szerelem (Love, Love) – Márta Sebestyén ?
Sumarmál – Pascal Pinon
Kichhu Din Mone Mone – Parvathy Baul
Ngelam Lami – Waldjinah
Baraamad – Golnoosh Salehi
Alham – Aida Nadeem
Dónal Na Gréine – Grainne Holland
Sweet of My Heart – Shoshana Damari
Un Filo de Speranza – Nilla Pizzi
Bam Bam – Sister Nancy
Shiveti Shoureeti – Yoko Kanno
Diggi ya Rababa – Farah Siraj
Talim – Elmira Zhanabergenova
Usife Moyo – Suzanna Owiyo
A Vritet Pafajsia – Leonora Jakupi
Refeeje – Nawal El Kuwaitiya
Ay Nuru – Salamat Sadıkova
Pavasara Grislis – Laima Jansone
El Bint El Shalabeya – Fairuz
Beh Kiyah Kooney – Fatu Gayflor
We failed but with a population of less than 40,000 I hope we can be forgiven.
Tres Dei Matris Symphoniae: V.Oratorio – Composed by Onuté Narbutaite (performed by Kaunas State Choir, Aidija Chamber Choir & the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra)
Sonata in A Minor for Cello and Piano – performed by Françoise Groben
Čaje Šukarije – Esma Redžepova
Raitra – Tarika
Liyaya – Hazel Mak
The Assembly of the Emanations – Imee Ooi
Handhaan – Unoosha
Kanou – Fatoumata Diawara
3 Maltese Songs: No.1. Lilek, Ja Mara – performed by Lydia Caruana (composed by Charles Camilleri)
Yarab – Malouma?
Ki Ti Balier La – Sandra Mayotte
Urge – Lila Downs
Byzantine Chant on Psalm 140 for Solo Violin & Strings – Arranged and played by Patricia Kopatchinskaja?
Aujourd’hui – Séverine
Traditional Longsong – Ganbaatar Khongorzul
Ode D’ibn Arabi – Amina Alaoui
Obrigada Meu Povo – Neyma
A Chit a Twet Ta Phan Mwe Phwar Chin – May Sweet
Fasuluka – Sally Boss Madam
Ooops – send suggestions!
Samjhi Rahanchhu – Koili Devi
Zon In Scheveningen – Rita Reys
Te Aroha – Maisey Rika
Brazos De Sol – Katia Cardenal
Achibaba – Fatou Seidi Ghali
The Uncomfortable Truth – Nneka
Women Are Flowers – Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble
Gula Gula – Mari Boine
Asma Mohammed Rafi
Hamari Sanson Mein – Noor Jehan
The islands of the world have proved problematic!
Conmigo – Erika Ender
Papua New Guinea??
Fall Into My Arms – Ngaiire
Danza Paraguaya – Luz María Bobadilla
Luna Llena – Susana Baca ?
Adto Na Kita – Bayang Barrios
Sztoj Pa Moru – Laboratorium Pieśni
Fado Português – Amália Rodrigues
Spirit of Thunder – Dana Al Fardan
Trenule Masina Mică – Oana Cătălina Chiţu
Piano Sonata No.1:I. – Composed by Galina Ustvolskaya and performed by Natalia Andreeva ?
Tarihinda – Cecile Kayirebwa
St Kitts & Nevis??
Woman Empowered – Wendy St. Kitts
Manmay-la di way – Sesenne Descartes
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines??
Next year we’ll have to visit on a research trip! Feel free to donate ?
Return to Paradise – The Yandall Sisters
L’amore verrà – Valentina Monetta
Sao Tome & Principe??
It looks a bit like Cape Verde stole all the talent from the region – feel free to put the record straight….
Gani El Asmar – Etab
Namana – Julia Sarr
12 Album Leaves, Op.51: No.3 – performed by Maja Bogdanovic (composed by Reinhold Glière)
Monn Kontan Ou – Sandra Esparon
Siahuna Maraidee – Amie Kallon
Seksis – Anita Sarawak
Idú – Jana Kirschner ?
V Ljublijano – Marjana Deržaj
Rorogwela Lullaby – Afunakwa
Somali Udiida Ceb – Maryam Mursal
South Africa ?? ?
Pata Pata – Miriam Makeba
Imjeon Take It Out – Hwang Keum Sim
Majokdit – Ajak Kwai
Fantasia – Renata Tarragó
Sansara Saagarey – Nanda Malani
Aguis Mahasnik Biman 2 – Rasha
Moray Gari Suno – Dropati
Tills Dagen Vaknar – Åsa Jinder
Walzer Für Niemand – Sophie Hunger
Syrian Dreams – Maya Youssef ?
Night Visions – Jenny Lin
Khush – Nigina Amonqulova
Kijiti – Bi Kidude ?
Embracing the Cold Pillow – Pongsri Woranuch
Zelié – Bella Bellow
Kingdom of Tonga – Angela Afeaki
Trinidad & Tobago??
Calypso Queen – Calypso Rose
Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free) – Emel Mathlouthi
Kimseye Etmem Şikayet – Müzeyyen Senar
Söýüň Gara Gözlerim – Tavus Anadırova
Tutuki – Te Vaka (Let us have this one – we didn’t have a lot of choice. Te Vaka includes members who come from Tuvalu some of whom are women!)
Nfunda N’omubi – Joanita Kawalya
Lyudyna – Dakh Daughters
United Arab Emirates??
Estere Ya Sattar – Alham
The Herring Girl – Bella Hardy
We Rise – Rhiannon Giddens
Garufa – Malena Muyala
Korgim Kelar – Sevara Nazarkhan ?
Vanuatu Women’s Water Music – Semie Wavia
As the Vatican City only has 32 female citizens it’s hardly a surprise that none of them are top flight musicians. We failed in our quest for the full set and we can only apologise!
Pajarillo Verde – Soledad Bravo
Dan Ta Van Song – Khanh Ly
Bahibak Bezyadah – Arwa
Chinseya-Nseya – Yvonne Mwale ?
Cry – Nyaradzo Mashayamombe (featuring Chiwoniso Maraire)
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