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Reviews for Zana's album "Balkan Soul"

“When you experience the combination of Messia’s tender vocals — sometimes sad and melancholy (with strings for added effect), sometimes upbeat – with the touch of traditional jazz (even ragtime, though very briefly), the contemporary vibe, and the whole Balkan aura (check out the accordion action, by the way), you will quickly agree that not only is this a rich, diverse project, but quite cleverly written and produced. ”
Ronald Jackson - The Smooth Jazz Ride

“Messia brings her vision/version of Balkan music to our world and seasons it much differently than a lot of other ethnic records of the same ilk have done. Cabaret leavened with belly dance lite bakes up into quite a heady, sexy session, at least it does in Messia's hands. ”
Chris Spector - Midwest RECORD Entertainment

“The strength of Balkan Soul lies largely in the match of Messia’s voice and strong lyrics. Messia weaves jazz and traditional music from her homeland, finding them a natural marriage because of the emotions that influenced their respective creations.”
Woodrow Wilkins - smooth & soul

“An etertaining and moving album in the same time, "Balkan Soul" will please those who are looking to hear a voice and a music beyond cliches and deja vu.”

“ Think really great female lounge/jazz vocalist with a touch of Tom Waits...on a world tour adapting the music to each culture along the way She along with the Balkan Soul Orchestra play some very addicting- not to mention really great-music. I love hearing hybrids of great music that I never have heard before, and this doesn't disappoint. This is truly a fine example of World Soul. ”
Christopher Levine, Author of "Eclectiblogs-Weekly Meanderings for Music Head Co - Eclectic Inc

““Balkan is the new Jamaica” ”

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