Voice 50 – Ibrahim Al Alhabib

Update: In case any of you are confused, I’ve changed the first song on this post to the song Assouf, because I prefer it and I’m fickle. The song that was here before (Ikyadarh Dim) is still after the jump.

A very deserving 50th voice here, as I jump right on the “what’s trendy in world music” bandwagon. But the band he sings for, Tinariwen, is pretty stupendous so I’ll make peace with my sheepitude on this occasion.

A couple more videos after the jump, including them performing live with another favourite, TV on the Radio  More

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Voice 33 – Laetitia Sonami

The group I refer to as “my pretentious friends” tell me I’m very 2007. I suspect that’s not a compliment, but nonetheless and in the spirit of being slightly behind the curve, here’s the song Roses and Teeth from Matmos’ 2006 album The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of the Beast, with Sonami on vocals.

This song is really in the Mysterious Stranger category of soothing, ie if you can be soothed whilst simultaneously realising you’re going to have very strange dreams that night, it’s great!

Voice 18 – Tom Waits

Sigh…

Voice 14 – Irwin Zeplowitz

I sometimes wonder if religious leaders have to attend some kind of special soothing voice training camp as part of their training. Sort of makes me wish I believed in any of it. Sort of.

The song holds up pretty well against the thousand other comedy youtube Lady Gaga covers out there. Remember kids, “the shofar can be your telephone”.

Voice 13 – Dusty Springfield (Windmills of your Mind)

If you can ignore the bafflingly literal graphics in this video, the song is overwhelmingly gorgeous.