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Women Singers in Global Contexts: Music, Biography, and Identity

This is the companion website to accompany the printed book, Women Singers in Global Contexts: Music, Biography, Identity, edited by Ruth Hellier, with an Afterword by Ellen Koskoff.

If you haven't yet bought the book, now is the time to do so – so that you can read about these amazing women singers.

Exploring and celebrating individual lives in diverse situations, Women Singers in Global Contexts is a new departure in the study of women's worldwide music-making.

Ten unique women constitute the heart of the book: each one has engaged her singing voice as a central element in her life, experiencing various opportunities, tensions, and choices through her vocality.

Through this website you have the opportunity to hear these women singing.


Ruth Hellier-Tinoco, PhD
University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.


Ixya Herrera

Ixya Herrera

Gracefully Nurturing "Mexico" with Song in the USA

by Ruth Hellier




The Girl's Voice in Turkish Rap

by Thomas Solomon

Kyriakou Pelagia

Kyriakou Pelagia

The Housewife/ Grandmother-Star of Cyprus

by Nicoletta Demetriou


Amelia Pedroso

Amelia Pedroso

The Voice of a Cuban Priestess Leading from the Inside

by Amanda Villepastour

Marysia's Voice


Defining Home through Song in Poland and Canada

by Louise Wrazen

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Lexine Solomon

Lexine Solomon

Songs of Connection and Celebration by a Torres Strait Islander

by Katelyn Barney



Zainab Herawi

Finding Acclaim in the Conservative Islamic Culture of Afghanistan

by Veronica Doubleday

Sima's Choices


Negotiating Repertoires and Identities in Contemporary Iran

by Gay Breyley


Akiko Fujii

Akiko Fujii

Telling the Musical Life Stories of a Hereditary Jiuta Singer of Japan

by Shino Arisawa

Sathima Bea Benjamin

Sathima Bea Benjamin

Musical Echoes and the Poetics of a South African-American Musical Self

by Carol Muller