Thursday, March 25, 2010

Razia's "Zebu Nation": Critical Acclaim and Public Radio Coverage

Razia Said's soulful and poignant call to action to help save Madagascar's environmental and cultural heritage has garnered acclaim from fans and critics from all circles. From the hipster music site Melophobe and underground international music blog Generation Bass to the pages of the Financial Times, Songlines and the Boston Globe, Zebu Nation has been lauded both for the devotion to a cause and the quality of the music. Now available worldwide, the album celebrates the wealth of Malagasy musical culture. 10% of the net profits from the sale of Zebu Nation will be used to plant trees in Madagascar.

Zebu Nation is available at fine retailers worldwide, online at, iTunes and direct from Cumbancha.

Watch Razia's videos from Zebu Nation

"Razia is beautiful, and it is easy to imagine that she will have a similar impact as a live performer to the Cape Verde singer Mayra Andrade. Singing fast or slow, she wins every round." - Charlie Gillett

"Insistent, hypnotic rhythms share the bill with ethereal ballads...consistently seductive." - Boston Globe

"An album of rare beauty and commitment." - Music-News, 4 stars

"evocative new fusion... rooted firmly in Malagasy tradition."
 - Nat Geo Music

"Said lays bare the soul of her culture." - 7days

In the past weeks Razia has been on a veritable tour of Public Radio news and music shows. John Schaefer at WNYC's Soundcheck interviewed Razia about the album and hosted her band for a live set of music in the week the album's release. American Public Media's The Story aired a beautiful interview that delved into Razia's years in Madagascar growing up with her Grandmother in the northeastern town of Antalaha and her developing musical and environmental awareness. Marco Werman, the intrepid host of PRI's The World brought Razia in to the WGBH studios for a Global Hit where they discussed the Climate Change summit in Copenhagen, her grassroots efforts in Madagascar to rebuild devastated forests and how a small groups of committed people can make change. Most recently World Vision Report brought Razia on their show to tell the story of how Razia traveled through Madagascar finding inspirational music and musicians for the album.

Razia is currently touring in Europe and will tour in the US and Canada later this summer. See her tour dates here and pick up a free download of the song "Bobanao" if you haven't already.

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