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by Razia
Zebu Nation by Razia
Released: Mar 2009
Label: Cumbancha
Island music has its own quality, and Madagascar-born Razia Said wisely went back home to record this album, her first foray into music inspired by Madagascar's '70s pop music, salegy. (She had sung jazz and R&B before.) Zebu Nation's not a brilliant album, but it's immensely likeable, an open and breezy piece of work that belies the years she spent on its recording and production. Said's workable voice sits nicely amidst the sparkling guitar lines and gently bubbling rhythms.
Sarah Bardeen

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