Razia Said is a Malagasy born musician who grew up in Antalaha and lived in Madagascar until 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 language, sends a clear message to the world about the ongoing environmental destruction that is happening in Madagascar today.
From within 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.