Zebu Nation

Zebu Nation

by Razia SaidRazia Said


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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 Régis 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/2010
Label: Cumbancha
UPC: 0890846001169
catalogNumber: 16
Rank: 95719

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Razia Said   Primary Artist,Vocals
Nana Simopoulos   Sitar
Régis Gizavo   Accordion
Obed Calvaire   Drums
Remanindry   Vocals
Michael Olatuja   Bass
Abena Koomson   Vocals
Marvin Diz   Percussion
Abu Diarrassouba   Drums
Rabesiaka Jean Medicis   Accordion
Tomer Hoffman   Violin
Dozzy Njava   Guitar,Vocals
David Rajaonary   Vocals

Technical Credits

Alan Roy   Engineer
Winston Philip   Engineer
Yaron   Engineer
Miary Lepiera   Engineer
Nir Graff   Producer,Engineer
Lionel Habert   Engineer
Razia Said   Composer,Executive Producer
Roca-K   Composer
J. Ambler   Composer,Producer,Artwork
Tomer Hoffman   Viola Arrangement
Christian Ravalison   Composer
Dozzy Njava   Composer,Producer
Narcisse Randriamanana   Composer

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