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Zebu Nation

  • 1. Babonao
    2. Omama
    3. Yoyoyo
    4. Salamalama Aby
    5. Ny Alantsika
    6. Slash and Burn
    7. Tsy Tara
    8. Lalike
    9. Tiako Ro
    10. Mifohaza
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CMBCD16

  • Credits
    ProducerNir Graff; J. Ambler; Dozzy Njava
    EngineerLionel Habert; Nir Graff; Yaron; Alan Roy; Winston Philip; Miary Lepiera

    Audio Mixer: Godfrey Diamond.
    Recording information: Am Studio, Manhattan; Graff Studio, Brooklyn; Monkey Recording, Paris; Valimad & Talenta Velona Studios, Antananarivo; Zebu Nation Studio, Harlem.
    Photographers: J. Ambler; Philippe Gaubert.
    Born in Madagascar but raised in several countries and now living in New York, Razia Said returned to her homeland to record this very ecologically aware album. She was inspired by the decimation of Madagascar, and these songs are her response. It's a decidedly modern approach to Malagasy music, ignoring most of the traditional stringed instruments in favor of guitar (although the legendary Rgis Gizavo does contribute some wonderful accordion and singing) for a groove that's more Western 4/4 than Malagasy 6/8. Razia does have a beguiling voice, which she uses throughout to great effect, and the playing is impeccable. Some of the material, like the lullaby "Lalike" and "Tsy Tara," is quite elegiacally lovely, while "Slash and Burn" does have some fire in its musical belly. Other than those, there's a disarming smoothness about the disc. Though pleasant, it perhaps undermines the album's intent. But Razia definitely has something about her. ~ Chris Nickson

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