Girlpower is a slogan that encourages and celebrates women’s emancipation, independence and trust. The invention of the slogan was attributed to the US punk band Bikini Kill, who published a zine called Girl Power in 1991.
Today, March 8th, the “Women’s Day” is celebrated.
From 1909, every year, this day turns pink and beyond the historical origins of this date, we should use this day to remember all the battles and struggles carried out by women to obtain the same rights as men and to support those who still fight today.
There are also important women in the music world.
So, to celebrate the women’s day in our own way, we want to give you the ranking of the most important women in the international music stage.
Maria Callas: today we call her “The Divine”, but it has not always been this way, indeed. At the beginning of her life she was very clumsy, she also had weight problems, but as a child her voice was unique in the world and moved anyone who heard her sing. She went to the conservatory in Greece and thanks to a hard study she managed to get on the world’s most famous stage “La Scala” in Milan. She’s career took off from there and made the world rediscover great artists like Bellini and Donizzetti.
Melba Liston: we are around the ’40s of the twentieth century and this little girl fell in love with a particular instrument, the trombone. She began to study alone, every day she dedicated to that great instrument many hours and at the end, she’s passion was rewarded. Melba was the first woman to play the trombone in a band coming to play with big names in jazz music such as Dexter Gordon or Billie Holiday.
Millo Castro Zaldarriaga: in Cuba in the ’30s playing drums was forbidden to women. Not for Millo who as a child had become passionate about these instruments and challenged not only the rules of the outside world, but also the veto of her own family as her father was against her. With the sisters she created the band “Anacaona” the first female band of Cuba.
Miriam Makeba: we move to South Africa, in 1932, where apartheid was strong. This girl suffered a lot from the injustices against black women and the only way to denounce them was her music. Today she is called “Mama Africa” and has opposed with its voice and its songs to the politics of South Africa. When she went to sing in the United States, its native country invalidated she’s passport, but she continued to struggle even far from home, supporting the Black Panthers movement.
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