Alsarah - I heard her on 99.5 FM in NJ the other day, it was beautiful. From her site: Women in Northern Sudan are the keepers of the popular aghani al-banat, or girl’s music, which plays as an interactive soundtrack to the many festive events in Sudan. Amongst the diverse music genres in Sudan, aghani al-banat with its tongu-in-cheek playful style has managed to flourish in midst of a repressive regime continuously evolving and adding to its unparalleled popularity.
Celia Cruz: My heroine — she kept performing well into her 70s. She had a flamboyant style that was almost as memorable as her music! There is a WONDERFUL website devoted to her life (in English) by the Smithsonian available here.