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Tribu
Sally Nyolo
Tribu
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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The former Zap Mama member's first solo album (released in 1996) expands upon the pygmy-inspired yodeling that made the all-female vocal group so appealingly exotique at the time. But rather than going the a cappella route...  more »

      
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All Artists: Sally Nyolo
Title: Tribu
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Tinder
Release Date: 6/17/1997
Genres: World Music, Pop
Style: Africa
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 789428467922

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The former Zap Mama member's first solo album (released in 1996) expands upon the pygmy-inspired yodeling that made the all-female vocal group so appealingly exotique at the time. But rather than going the a cappella route again, the Cameroon-born Paris resident arranges her Eton-language songs with instrumentation that becomes increasingly woodsy throughout the course of the album. In light of the crisp, percussive vocals Nyolo layers so fluidly, the French instrumentalists seem largely superfluous. Nyolo's art largely involves degree-zero voice and percussion, which are perfect for her tales of female village life--of healers who, unable to bare children themselves, enmesh themselves in the lives of girls such as Nyolo. In spite of a certain timbral sameness throughout the record, Nyolo appears to have discovered a wonderful balance between the forest, the village, and the world at large. --Richard Gehr

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A Fitting Tribute
millibit | New York, NY United States | 01/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first heard this entire album while standing at a listening station in a record store. I couldn't stop listening to it. Ms. Nyolo's voice is light and mesmerizing, and her songs held me from beginning to end. The first cut, "Tribu", begins with her deft vocals in her native tongue of Eton (Cameroon) over the whoosh of ocean waves. It is delightful. Ms. Nyolo wrote all the songs, which range from the celebration of the birth of a friend's child (Shana), to tributes to prodigal sons (Ndongo) to observations on love and womanhood. The rhythmic tunes are powered by handclaps and guitar riffs that flow like water. The songs are foreign and exotic, yet soothing and familiar. I LOVE this CD."