Sarazino is the brainchild of Lamine Fellah, a musician, songwriter and producer whose nomadic life is reflected in the multicultural influences in his songs. Fellah is a true child of a globalized world and Sarazino’s music draws on reggae, Latin and African grooves, Arabic music and catchy, international pop to create an upbeat celebration of the diverse world we all share.
On Ya Foy! (which means “no problem” in the Dioula language of West Africa), Sarazino presents a musical melting pot of roots reggae and Latin grooves with Arabic and West African flavors spicing up the mix. Many songs feature the inspired vocals of Revelino Aguidissou, a native of Benin, Africa, who also somehow ended up settling in the Andean metropolis of Quito. Ecuadorian guitarist Pablo Estrella adds tasty riffs, backing up a selection of guest artists ranging from reggae legend Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals to Latin toaster Blanquito Man from the ska-rock band King Chango. Fellah also collaborated with a number of lyricists, including Isidro García, a Spanish poet who wrote the words for more then half of the songs on the album. The result of this musical mélange is a savory stew of catchy, accessible songs that offer a soundtrack for a true world party.