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Wapi Yo

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Wapi Yo

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Lokua Kanza
Producers:
BMG Classics
genre:
World

We gave it a B+

Zaire has yet to produce any international pop stars, but Lokua Kanza’s airy tenor and delicate wandering melodies should carry him beyond his native Africa. Wapi Yo‘s two English-language cuts are weakest, by virtue of their saccharine lyrics; it’s the songs in French, Swahili, and Lingala — soft soul tunes in the vein of Seal and Des’ree — that most eloquently speak the language of the human heart. B+

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