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Heck and dang!

Dang but if this ain't the boogie.

Sultry music that defies genre

Lizzy Mercier Descloux may have been Patti Smith's flatmate and closely associated with the dance punk record label ZE and its No Wave denizens, but instead of creating dissonant and bleak Lydia Lunch or Arto Lindsey heroin inspired cacophonies she embraced world music and went to the Bahamas to record "Mambo Nassau." The music is bass heavy, genre defying funky with breathy french accented vocalizations from Lizzy. The cover of Kool and the Gang's Funky Stuff is the most straight forward and lyrically driven of the compositions on Mambo Nassau, so if you are not a fan of music without discernible lyrics I may caution you against downloading this album. While her voice is not supple and classically trained there is a power, a quirky erotic energy sung in an imaginery patois. Some of the bonus tracks are in French or English (Maita and Mister Soweto, these tracks also trace the trajectory to her follow up "Zulu Rock" which she recorded in South Africa under Apartheid with indigenous musicians years before Paul Simon's Graceland.)

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Born: 1956 in Paris, France

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A musician, songwriter, poet, painter, author, and actress, Lizzy Mercier Descloux enjoyed a recording career as eclectic as her résumé would suggest, breaking boundaries as one of the pioneers of New York's no wave scene as well as fusing African rhythms with R&B and pop, anticipating the worldbeat movement before it became a music business buzzword. Mercier Descloux was born in Paris, France on December 16, 1956. She studied art as a teenager, and struck up a romance with Michel Esteban, who like...
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