Circle Of Women

Circle of Women

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Circle of Women gathers 17 traditional women's songs, from the Shaker hymn "Oh Ho the Pretty Chain" to South African selections like "Siya Hamba" and "Umam' Uyajabula." The album spans hypnotic chants such as "Earth My Body," brooding ballads like "May the Circle Be Open," and celebratory songs like "Woman Am I, Blessed Am I." The understated arrangements on all the tracks let the album's greatest strength -- the women's voices -- come to the front of this diverse, yet focused, collection.

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