Dezarie - Gracious Mama Africa 
If I am ever called upon to name what I consider to be the best or my personal favourite female artists I have a problem. Call me a misogynist or Chauvinist pig(which I am definitely not as I just ADORE women! Especially the female form) but no matter how hard I rattle my brain, I struggle to think of any female singers, bands or artists that I like to listen to. My music collection is almost exclusively male except for the more generic 'world' music or classical stuff that would sound crap were it not for the strength of the female vocals. Pink Floyd too..A lot of their stuff would be flat if you removed the female vocals. That isn't my point here though: I am talking about a female band or artist in their own right, not as a part of another male oriented band!!
Ok I will try just as a test...
1. Sophie Ellis Bextor
4. Kylie Minogue
5. Geri Halliwell from the Spice Girsl!
Ok now let me explain the above choices. Can you see any kind of pattern? A thread that links them all and I have to say it isn't their voices!
I always thought Sophie Ellis Bextor was cute. She has the face of an angel. aaw. So that's why she tops the list!
Bjork also has a strong face. Her features are very Icelandic and that is great. She's a bit weird too so I like her!
Madonna? Need I debase myself further by trying to explain this one? She is a sexy female!
Kylie Minogue is also a sexy female!
Geri Halliwell used to be a very attractive lady/girl(!) but nowadays she has turned into a victim of the media/success and insecurity. When she was a fresh-faced spice girl I always thought she was the cutest one.
So as you can see from the above, I do not have a favourite female singer. Not one who I like for their SINGING right?!
The point behind all of this is now coming:
I found a female singer that literally left my jaw open and dropped on the floor. I am listening to her now and I am struggling to find the words to convey how fucking impressed I am at this album dammit!
I can't just say DOWNLOAD IT NOW OR YOU ARE A FOOL but it's worth a try anyway.
Maybe this will help you decide..
Review (taken From ireggae.com)
Roots empress Dezarie has blessed the reggae community with the deliverance of her newest recording "Gracious Mama Africa". Released on the Afrikan Roots Lab record label, this album emerges from the seeds planted on her amazing debut album of 2001 "FYA".
Gracious Mama Africa transports the incredible voice of Dezarie to a whole new level - the highest heights. Her foundation is firmly established in songs such as "Travelers" and the title track. The brilliance and clarity of DezarieÂs voice is reverently unveiled on "Exhalt". Gracious Mama Africa abounds with pleas for social justice and racial equality with selections like "Poverty", "Strengthen Your Mind" and "Justice".
But to this listener, the strength and power of Dezarie is most strikingly displayed in her condemnation of so-called civilization. "Gone Down", "Not One Penny", "Law Fe De Outlaw", "Slew Dem An Done" and "Judgment Come" all deliver conscious punches that penetrate the soul.
"Do what you want, wheresoever you please. Bombing Vieques, yes your bombing the seas. Lock up anyone that was opposing. Speaking against the nonsense that you were doing. But babylon you gone down, you gone down. Babylon funeral, you gone down." - Dezarie
After receiving AtlantaÂs "Best New Female Reggae Artist" award in 2001, Dezarie returned to her native island of St. Croix. Since that time, she has been working closely with Midnite, the players of instruments for "Gracious Mama Africa". MidniteÂs trademark sound is fully displayed on this album. Momentous bass lines from Phillip Merchant, classic one-drop from Dion Hopkins and the bubbling of Ron Benjamin on keyboards prevail throughout, accentuated by AbijahÂs charismatic guitar playing.
From the excellent overdubs of DezarieÂs voice to the flying symbols on "Slew Dem" it is evident that Ron Benjamin worked tirelessly in the production and mixing of this album. The fruits of this labour are eloquently displayed on Gracious Mama Africa which is sure to be one of the best roots albums of 2003.
Daniel @ Ireggae.com
Read the review page HERE and hear a preview HERE (realplayer required!)
Please you lot, do yourself a favour and get a hold of this album. I am addicted to it. Lying out in the garden yesterday in the blazing hot sun, it fitted the surroundings and atmosphere perfectly Relaxing and mellow with a beautiful voice put to some serious dub beats.
Ok now go and have a great time chillin out to this one.
I would be interested to read some of your comments on this as I have just downloaded a veritable VAULT of this kind of music...some rare shit too.
Over and out.
No we haven't turned into a softporn site...but you have to agree with me on dear Sophie...I mean look at her!
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