Monday, August 17, 2009

Sarazino's Ya Foy!: A Soundtrack for the Global Party

With its infectious melodies, jamming beats and boundary-breaking influences, Sarazino’s new album Ya Foy! marks the introduction of an exciting Latin, reggae and international music talent. The mastermind behind the Sarazino project is Lamine Fellah, a singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer whose nomadic life is embodied by the multicultural influences in his songs. Ya Foy! will be released August 25th in the US and soon after in the rest of the world.

Born in Constantine, Algeria, Fellah’s father was a diplomat who brought the family to live in Spain and Switzerland as well as the African countries of Burundi and Burkina Faso. The young Fellah was inspired by the music that surrounded him, from Spanish flamenco and North African raï, to Afrobeat and roots reggae. Fellah moved to Montreal for college and made the musically active Canadian city his home for fifteen years. His global travels eventually led him to Quito, Ecuador where he fell in love with Latin America and its music and decided to settle there to focus on recording and producing.

Ya Foy! (which means “no problem” in the Dioula language of West Africa) includes guest appearances by Jamaican reggae legend Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals fame (see above), as well as toaster Blanquito Man from the Latin ska/rock band King Chango. Most songs feature the inspired vocals of Revelino Aguidissou, a native of Benin, Africa, who has also made Quito his adopted home. Ecuadorian guitarist Pablo Estrella contributes scorching solos and tasty riffs to the album backing up the celebrated guest artists. The result of this musical mélange is a savory stew of catchy, upbeat songs that offer a soundtrack for a true world party.

Download a FREE TRACK from Sarazino's upcoming album Ya Foy! at

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