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Yuna

Yunalis Mat Zara’ai, or simply Yuna, hails from Malaysia where she was born into a family that would often move around the country due to her father’s work. During her law studies Yuna started releasing music via MySpace and got a following large enough to garner the interest of both Malaysian and American record labels. Since 2008 she’s been recording her music and touring the world.

By now she has collaborated with among others Pharrell Williams (N.E.R.D) and Adam Young (Owl City). She lists Feist, Bob Dylan and The Cardigans as her influences.

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Lena Horne, photographed as she sang by Philippe Halsmann in 1954. Ms. Horne was never a big fan of her own singing voice. In 1943, she told Newsweek magazine that she was still “learning to sing,” and she would later tell many interviewers how much she loved Aretha Franklin and wanted to sing like her. She told Ebony in 1968, “Now Aretha - she sings a song called “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman,” and I suppose all the years that I disciplined myself to keep in control and not show my feelings, the way I many times resented an audience or the way I sometimes had been angered by something that had happened, I couldn’t express that feeling. But she is so free and feminine and warm and you know that she has put no barrier in front of her. She isn’t pleading or begging to the audience. She isn’t even denying them. She is pouring out this freedom. If they want it - there it is and just the look of people’s faces when they listen to her shows that she is sending out such warmth, she is sending out everything I think is best in a black woman: pride, warmth, the knowledge that at this young time in her life she is free in herself. She has made no compromises to hide what she was or to change it, or to put it in a stylized frame. She is just herself. She makes me glad I’m a woman. She makes me feel warmer toward people. And it’s very hard in this business to be feminine.” Photo: Magnum Photos.

vintageblackglamour:

Lena Horne, photographed as she sang by Philippe Halsmann in 1954. Ms. Horne was never a big fan of her own singing voice. In 1943, she told Newsweek magazine that she was still “learning to sing,” and she would later tell many interviewers how much she loved Aretha Franklin and wanted to sing like her. She told Ebony in 1968, “Now Aretha - she sings a song called “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman,” and I suppose all the years that I disciplined myself to keep in control and not show my feelings, the way I many times resented an audience or the way I sometimes had been angered by something that had happened, I couldn’t express that feeling. But she is so free and feminine and warm and you know that she has put no barrier in front of her. She isn’t pleading or begging to the audience. She isn’t even denying them. She is pouring out this freedom. If they want it - there it is and just the look of people’s faces when they listen to her shows that she is sending out such warmth, she is sending out everything I think is best in a black woman: pride, warmth, the knowledge that at this young time in her life she is free in herself. She has made no compromises to hide what she was or to change it, or to put it in a stylized frame. She is just herself. She makes me glad I’m a woman. She makes me feel warmer toward people. And it’s very hard in this business to be feminine.” 

Photo: Magnum Photos.

The closing ceremonies reminded me how much I love Annie Lennox’s voice.  In high school, I would listen to her Diva and Medusa albums over and over again.

(Source: Spotify)

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Nina Simone in her dressing room at the Village Gate in Manhattan before a live recording session in March 1965. Photo by Sam Falk/New York Times Co./Getty Images.

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Nina Simone in her dressing room at the Village Gate in Manhattan before a live recording session in March 1965. Photo by Sam Falk/New York Times Co./Getty Images.

Kat Edmonson at Austin City Limits last night, photo by Scott Newton.

Kat Edmonson at Austin City Limits last night, photo by Scott Newton.

If you thought this ABBA song couldn’t get any cheesier, you were wrong.

Noah Stewart has an absolutely beautiful voice and gorgeous control, but the song arrangements on this album leave much to be desired.  They’re definitely tailored to the demographic that loves Charlotte Church pledge programs on PBS (if you get my meaning, which I’m sure you do).  I guess it’s okay for an intro album, and there are a couple tracks that escape the corniness (his take on “Recondita Armonia” and “Shenandoah” especially), but here’s hoping he releases something less sappy (and more straight-up operatic, perhaps?) next time.

Anyway, here’s an interview he did with NPR in June about the album.

(Source: Spotify)

vintageblackglamour:

Lena Horne was born in Brooklyn, New York, 95 years ago today. In this photo  from May 1956, she is trying on a dress - and wearing those saleswomen out…
Photo: William Lovelace/Express/Getty Images.

vintageblackglamour:

Lena Horne was born in Brooklyn, New York, 95 years ago today. In this photo  from May 1956, she is trying on a dress - and wearing those saleswomen out…

Photo: William Lovelace/Express/Getty Images.

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau singing Schumann’s “Du bist wie eine Blume.”  So soft, simple, plaintive and beautiful.

(Source: Spotify)