Jain – Zanaka (2015)

The French / African singer’s debut album is unlike anything you’ve heard before. From the opening songs of “Come” to “Mr. Johnson” to the addictive “Makeba,” Jain has crafted a debut album not at all dissimilar to Nelly Furtado’s 2000 debut “Whoa Nelly.” It’s a thrilling blend of many genres primarily organized around African tribal beats, with the singer’s distinctive, heavily-accented vocals layered on top of the irresistible music like maple syrup on a pancake. Highly recommended for fans of world music, who should find plenty to enjoy here, even at its scant 33 minute running time.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

You can watch the video for “Makeba” here:

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