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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Now Playing

Sheila Chandra "The Zen Kiss" (Realworld CD) - boy, this surprised the heck out of me! I just love the two cuts here called "Speaking In Tongues" - firmly placing Ms. Chandra in a similar league with other astonishing vocalists like Urszula Dudziak and Mishio Ogawa. And this whole CD is (mostly) just her voice. I do not want to mis-state the style - whether it's not really acapella or sotto voce. This CD is part of a trilogy she did for the Realworld label - can't wait to find th other parts. I remember her from 'Indipop', an early 80's UK wave - and her memorable single "Ever So Lonely".


Anonymous Jim Donato said...

Ms. Chandra's style is called spoken bols and it is how tabla players are taught, using verbal analogs to the varieties of sounds a tabla makes. She's ventured heavily into the style, making a definite niche for herself.

It's certainly hypnotic! Anything with her name on it is worth a listen but her later work in largely in this arresting style.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Ron Kane said...


I have 2 of the 3 Real World CD's - must find the first one now.


10:11 PM  

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