The 200 Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women+

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Sunday July 15, 2018

From NPR

The 200 Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women+

This list is part of Turning the Tables, an ongoing project from NPR Music dedicated to recasting the popular music canon in more inclusive ‘” and accurate ‘” ways. This year, our list, selected by a panel of more than 70 women and non-binary writers, tackles history in the making, celebrating artists whose work is changing this century’s sense of what popular music can be. The songs are by artists whose major musical contributions came on or after Jan. 1, 2000, and have shifted attitudes, defied categories and pushed sound in new directions since then. Our list includes songs performed by women and non-binary artists. The use of the term “Women+” is part of our engagement in a movement to recognize a wide spectrum of gender identities coming to greater light in the 21st century.

Daymé Arocena, “Mambo Na’ Má” (2016) Daymé Arocena, the brilliant Afro-Cuban composer and jazz singer, possesses an extraordinary gift for world-building. That’s nowhere more apparent than in “Mambo Na’ Má,” the single from her 2017 album Cubafonía, which joyously probes the psychic and sonic connection between ’50s mambo traditions and the brass sounds of New Orleans’ second line. Arocena flawlessly scats over the melange of horns, electronics and mambo and clave rhythms to create both an homage and a forward-thinking future sound ‘” and a star-making one, at that. ‘” Paula Mejia

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