Razia Said is a Malagasy musician from Antalaha who lived in Madagascar until the age of seven. She currently lives in New York where she performs regularly. Her latest music collection, Zebu Nation, was inspired by a return visit to her country and is a mixture of western and Malagasy rhythms and sounds.
The lyrics of songs such as Mifohaz, meaning Wake up in Malagasy, sends a clear message to the world about the ongoing environmental destruction that is happening in Madagascar today. Additionally, 10% of the net profits from the sale of Zebu Nation are used to plant trees in Madagascar.
From the CD sleeve of Zebu Nation 2010:
Two years ago, I returned to Madagascar and was privilidged to meet some amazing local musicians. They inspired me to make an album in Malagasy, my native tongue. It was my chance to reconnect in a deeper way with the music of my country. During the same trip, I realised Madagascar is in trouble. Our forest and fauna are dying. Our nature is crying out for immediate help. The new album now became not just about re-discovering a musical heritage, but also about drawing attention to the plight of our country's natural resources. Zebu Nation was born to spread a message of hope with the medium of music. Zebu Nation is aimed at bringing people and musicians together for a real need. It's dedicated to our children's future. A deep thanks to all the people who walked with me on this long path and helped to make Zebu Nation a reality. Jamie Ambler Cheick Cisse, Zohary Adele, Achille Razafindramosa, Tsiry Fy-Tia Solofomihanta, Riri, Victor Randrianary, Mimi Arianala, Odilon Ranaivoson, Lauren Flanegan, Nili Belkind, Hasina and Chita. Find our more by visiting raziasaid.com.
“It's time to put our petty differences aside and do something about the more pressing issues facing the future of our beautiful country.”
- Razia Said homepage
- Razia Said launches a campaign against Gibson concerning Rosewood guitars Madonline, 24th January 2012
- Illegal rosewood trade continues IRIN, 19th January 2012
- Madagascar holds concert against illegal logging Associated Press, 30th September 2011.
- Cumbancha Records Biography, photos, tour dates.
- 10% of the net profits from Zebu Nation used to plant trees in Madagascar
- World Music Central reviews Zebu Nation January 2010.