Vida is a four woman a cappella group based in Bloomington, Indiana that has come together from New England, New Zealand and the midwest. They sing traditional and original song and draw their music from many parts of the world. Their repertoire includes devotional, political and story songs from parts of Africa, Argentinian vidalas, Eastern European polyphony, American folk-ballad, spiritual and popular song and Irish unaccompanied song. Work, worship, celebration and sorrow are universal in each song tradition but each pulls the voice its own way.

Vida's original material is shaped by these powerful traditions; their songs celebrate these rich influences as they come through each singer's composition. Vida sings because when it is just the naked voice, the impact is immediate. The song's emotion, physically expressed, engages singer to singer, singer to listener directly and immediately. VIDA has toured throughout the Midwest and Eastern U.S., performing at festivals, concert halls and clubs. They have shared the stage with many notable artists, most recently opening for Ani DiFranco and Bob Dylan. They have been featured on radio, television in national music press such as Billboard Magazine.


In Bloom

dilmano dilbero
famine song
hey mother of the child
oj poved kolo
al proci ce mladost tvoja
angel from montgomery
otisla moma
a woman, a baby
awe soma gwaza/ a hey dama
how can i cry about freedom?
a sto cemo ljubav kriti
a man was born
improvisational chant

Vida perform many self-written originals and some traditional songs, combining elements of folk, gospel and world music. Several Croatian folk songs are included, as well as two from Bulgaria and one from South Africa. Vida's own material is not celebratory in nature, but gives voice to the lives and struggle of simple people, their sorrow and their pain. "The Famine Song" is drone-like, employing suddenly choked notes for effect. Utilizing simple repeating hypnotic figures as accompaniment, often staggered as in a round-"Mother of the Child" evokes the emotion of an African spiritual-their sound is honest and forthright, but never maudlin, as the beauty and strength of Vida's four voices conquers all.
9727 CD $14.98

Vida (self-titled)

Molih Ta (Bulgaria)
Ajde Red (Macedonia)
Prsten mi Padna (Macedonia)
Shosholoza (Zimbabwe)
Shut de Door (USA)
Ozdolu Idu (Bulgaria)
Tashim Balku (Russia)
Trgnala e Malka Moma (traditional Bulgaria)
Kleti Ni Jednoga (Ganga from Herzeovina)
Izvor Voda (Croatia)
Sto Mi e Milo (Macedonia)
Akanamandla (S. Africa)
Oj Livado Rosna Travo (Serbia)
Ajde Red (reprise)
Cool of the Day (Jean Ritchie)
Zito Zele (Croatia)
Mother (I Feel You) (Native American)
I'll Weave My Love A Garland (traditional)
Ajde Jano (Serbia)
Turtle Dove (Georgia Sea Islands, USA)
Siyahamba (S. Africa)
Ladom Se (Bulgaria)
Ipharadisi (S. Africa)
Freedom Is Coming (S. Africa)

Review pending.
9829 CD $14.98

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