Thanks to Eric for the opportunity to participate here. This is my first post.
A few days ago, I heard a rare but beautiful Portuguese singer called Mariza singing on TV for the first time and I was speechless afterwards. Her musical style (fado, a type of Portuguese Flamenco) was totally new to me.
If you want to get a taste of it, go to http://mariza.linktvstore.org/ and download "O Gente Da Minha Terra" for 99 cents. You will agree once you listen to her, that this lady's singing can pierce your heart and almost make you cry in a way few others can.
It is just unbelievable how long such brilliant artists take to penetrate into the US market (the album where this song appeared is now two years old), but at least there's Amazon, Link TV and Blogcritics to save our musical souls once in a while! ;)