Friday, April 16, 2010

EARTH DAY ALBUM RELEASE PARTY FOR "ZEBU NATION"

RAZIA SAID'S SOULFUL CALL TO END ENVIRONMENTAL AND CULTURAL DESTRUCTION IN HER NATIVE LAND



Seeking to raise awareness of the critical impact of slash and burn agriculture and climate change in her native Madagascar, singer Razia Said has created a stunning and moving album of original songs entitled Zebu Nation. Now available worldwide, the album celebrates the wealth of Malagasy musical culture On Earth Day, April 22nd, Razia celebrates the release of Zebu Nation on the acclaimed Cumbancha label at SOB's in New York City.

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

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

"[Zebu Nation] sounds like what might happen if Kaki King took a jaunt through Africa, then convinced some sultry,
old-world chanteuse to record vocals." - MTV Iggy     

Madagascar is home to thousands of plants and fauna unique to the island, which is the world’s fourth largest and situated in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa. One third of its native forests and vegetation have disappeared in the last thirty years, and scientists predict that several species of amphibians and reptiles found in Madagascar’s mountainous north could become extinct in the next 50-100 years because of global warming.
 
The loss of forests in Madagascar is what galls Razia the most. “To see my country stripped like this is heartbreaking.” Her song “Slash and Burn,” is an outcry against the rampant practice of clearing brush which devastates Madagascar’s fragile soil.  “What I saw shocked and appalled me,” Razia says. “I found the decimation of what once made Madagascar unique in the world: its intense, vivid flora and fauna, its forests, its very essence. I saw an entire country being destroyed.”

Razia and Cumbancha have committed 10% of the net profits from the sale of Zebu Nation to the planting trees in Madagascar in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the malagasy grassroots organization FOKO-Madagascar.

Razia's Zebu Nation Earth Day Album Release Party
9:00 PM
SOB's
200 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014
Tel: 212.243.4940
For Reservations: reception@sobs.com

PRESS SITE: http://www.cumbancha.com/razia/press
EMBEDDABLE VIDEO LINK: http://www.vimeo.com/7579079
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=101460183230325
For more information or to schedule an interview with Razia, please contact:
Simeon Chapin - simeon@cumbancha.com

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