William Dart travels the globe to sample some distinctive voices.
Starting in Bulgaria, we hear the Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir from their 1987 album Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares, which caused a bit of a sensation at the time; and the Trio Bulgarka partner up with Kate Bush on her album The Red Shoes.
Then to the Gulf of Guinea with tracks from Yamoah's Band from Ghana, Sally Nyolo from Cameroon, and Angélique Kidjo from Benin.
He finishes off with the new album by Trio Mediaeval - three women from Norway, who accompany their beautiful voices with hardanger fiddle and shruti box. On this album, Rímur, they are joined by the almost voice-like trumpet playing of Arve Henriksen to perform some traditional songs from Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
'Song title' (Composer) – Performers
'Svatba' (Trad) – The Bulgarian State Radio and Televison Female Vocal Choir
Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares
'Why Should I Love You' (Bush) – Kate Bush, Trio Bulgarka
The Red Shoes
'Ne No Nsan Nhwe' (Trad) – Yamoah’s Band
The World Library of Folk and Primitive Music on 78rpm Vol 1
(All Around the World)
'Le Faiseur du pluie par tous les temps' (Nyolo) – Sally Nyolo
(World Music Network)
'Listen to my Voice' (Leonoff) – Nathalie Leonoff
'Lay Lady Lay' (Dylan) – Angélique Kidjo
Chimes of Freedom – The Songs of Bob Dylan
'Naima' (Hébrail/Kidjo) – Angélique Kidjo
'Om ödet skulle skicka mig' (Trad arr Friman) – Trio Mediaeval and Arve Henriksen
'Eg Aktar Inkje' (Trad) – Trio Mediaeval
'Du är den första' (Trad arr Friman) – Trio Mediaeval and Arve Henriksen