Zoy Zoy

Zoy Zoy

by Tal National


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Zoy Zoy

After breaking onto the international stage with their 2013 release Kaani, West African combo Tal National follow up with the dazzlingly sophisticated Zoy Zoy. Based in Niamey, the capital of Niger, Tal National blend an array of styles like highlife, Songhai, Afro-beat, and desert blues into their music, ultimately transcending traditions and flashing the kind of intense musicianship only achieved by those who gig every night for hours on end, which is purportedly the norm for this gifted band. Although they have existed since 2000, they had yet to release a record outside of their home country before British label FatCat Records signed them in 2013. Already the most popular group in Niger, they upped their production game by flying in Chicago-based engineer Jamie Carter to record them using a remote rig to make Kaani, a process they've repeated to even greater results on Zoy Zoy. More aggressively played and weirdly shape-shifting than its predecessor, Zoy Zoy is also a joyous and celebratory set using its complexity to draw in rather than exclude the listener. With members representing each of Niger's major cultural groups (Tuareg, Hausa, Fulani, and Zarma), Tal National radiate with a wonderfully unified yet artistically adventurous sound on standouts like the title cut and the thrilling "Claire." The sparkling twin-guitar riffs and dizzying rhythmic patterns on tracks like "Sey Wata Gaya" and "Kodaje" feel at times like some sunny brand of prog rock, but Tal National's graceful vocal melodies with their call-and-response counterpoint are distinctly West African. Bold, inventive, and exhilarating, the eight songs on Zoy Zoy are in a genre of their own.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/14/2015
Label: Fat Cat
UPC: 0600116513724
catalogNumber: 65137
Rank: 166884


  1. Zoy Zoy
  2. Koana
  3. Claire
  4. Sey Wata Gaya
  5. Farila
  6. Tenere
  7. Kodaje
  8. Saraounia

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tal National   Primary Artist
Michael Gallope   Keyboards
Almeida   Guitar
Babayé   Guitar
Issa   Bass
Yac Tal   Bass
Tafa   Guitar
Souleymane Seydou   Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Saïdou   Background Vocals
Sgt Maty   Drums,Vocals
Omar   Drums
Massaoudou   Vocals
Maloumba   Vocals
Kalegue   talking drum
Hadiza Tempete   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Alamdia Danté   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Abdoullay   Drums

Technical Credits

Jamie Carter   Engineer
Tal National   Composer

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