Wednesday, 3 September 2008

...these wonderful women musicians...

...there is so much music, so many musicians and so much more to come...for each drug addict musician there are several clean cut sober musicians.
Here are my two favourite clips of the week...

I have seen Gal Costa several times; in Brazil she is considered Number One female singer. Unlike Miriam Makeba, Aretha Franklin and Alicia Keys (below) Gal is not a songwriter but more of an excellent "interpreter" of other people's music. A sort ofElla Fitzgerald .
One of those singers with the gift of making any song (by anyone) shine.
Singer's singer.
I chose this song by the great Antony Jobim because Gal Costa turns "Wave" into ...what is the word? Magic. Heavens. Beleza...

Thought Jobim and Gal Costa sound dated and old fashioned? Check out the youthful ever last, Alicia Keys, below.
Alicia Keys is a role model for young (especially female) musicians. She plays the goddamn instrument well and sings superbly. We havent started on her looks (up to you)...

Through experience teaching music to young people in the (last two decades or so) I have noticed a tendency amongst today's youth not taking time to learn and practise instruments. Rapping(hip hop) is most common for boys and girls just want to sing and dance. Playing an instrument well (although I am not saying the voice is not an instrument) is very demanding and takes years and years to accomplish. (Was it the great pianist and singerRay Charles who told BBC's Jools Holland that you will never quite "beat" your instrument but try to know it somehow?)
... Alicia Keys is a hardworker.
(She meshes classical European style with jazz and blues in her piano technique).
Hard working ethic cooked with talent breeds more beauty.
...Here is a fascinating link : from traditional soul and jazz singers: Ella Fitzgerald,Billie Holiday , past Dionne Warwick through Aretha Franklin to...
...the Keys...

1 comment:

Shirley Marie Bradby said...

JALEBI Music Flash Comment:

Namaste! Thank you Freddy Macha....for your tribute to the women musicians and songwriters who have left and are leaving their mark on the minds and hearts of millions of listeners around the world!

In addition to teaching is also one of my passions! In fact I am the lead singer and songwriter (lyrics) of a group called JALEBI Music!

JALEBI Music......when BOLLYWOOD meets MOTOWN! Our music is a combination of traditional Indian music, hot Bollywood beats and invigorating Black soul music…..the Motown sound!

If you are intrigued please listen to our music at

Or on our official website:

Or check out our BLOG:

Or just google JALEBI Music to discover more about me and my band! : )

JALEBI Music....when BOLLYWOOD meets MOTOWN! Once you start cannot stop! : )

By the way……….Happy New Year! May all your personal, professional and especially spiritual aspirations come true!

Hare Krsna! Namaste, baby! : )

Shirley Marie Bradby (MiraBai)
Lead singer JALEBI Music
ESL teacher, tutor, and translator