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Some good news from Ottawa for once! Cheza is a very welcome and impressive addition to Canada's steadily growing stock of talented and entertaining 'world' music bands.
William Bain CFFF Radio, Chimes of Freedom
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Hot pepper music that won't sting your eyes
John Lyttle Ottawa Xpress
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Un disque plein d'énergie et de variété, qui nous fait lever de nos chaise et danser? Le bonheur!
Claudette Gravel MusiMonde, Radio Canada
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Upbeat and energenic.
Wes Smiderle Ottawa Citizen
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Reminiscent of Johnny Clegg's Savuka-era recordings…wonderfully fun and danceable album.
Dirty Linen Magazine
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The tracks "Pili Pili," "Sokomoto" and "Mziki wa dunia" spring from African roots, but soon branch out into rap, jazz and blues. As you listen to the music, it dawns on you that the apparently simple, even repetitive lyrics are overlaid with rich and complex melody. Far from being Franken-music, it's a smoothly conceived and executed album that can only come from paying the utmost respect for music from all corners of the world.
Opiyo Oliya Rootsworld Magazine

 
 
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Their music bubbles with the sparkling sound of soukous and swings to the buoyant beat of mbaqanga . . . Cheza can hold its own with any number of African based acts.
Nicholas Jennings Eye Music, Toronto  
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Cheza's unique blend of African and western music is a truly enlightening experience.
Derek DeBeer drummer Johnny Clegg and Savuka
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"Cheza," in Swahili, means to dance and play. With this debut disc there's little else you can do!
Dirty Linen Magazine
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The exhuberant spirit of African pop music has been captured on the first album by the Ottawa band Cheza.
Lynn Saxberg The Ottawa Citizen
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This is the debut party album from Ottawa's premier world beat band. Get out of your seat.
Phil Jenkins Soundtracks The Ottawa Citizen
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Cheza demeure vivant. Un brin de gaieté sur disque.
Zambo EQOH du futur


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The band's bright choral harmonies, booty-shaking rhythms and fluid guitars had virtually everyone on their feet.  Cheza was smart programming by festival organizers and the ideal finish to a night of solid sit-down entertainment.
Patrick Langston
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Folk Festival Review

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Cheza's world beat rhythms, thought provoking lyrics, and ability to work the crowd into a frenzied mass of flailing arms and legs, prove that this band has caught on to something unique.
Jennifer Edwards Artistic Director Dawson City Music Festival
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Cheza is pure excitement. At the evening main stage, the audience was on its feet dancing from the moment Cheza started playing. The enthusiastic festival crowd wouldn't let them stop playing!
Chris White Artistic Director Ottawa Folk Festival
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Cheza's world beat rhythms, thought provoking lyrics, and ability to work the crowd into a frenzied mass of flailing arms and legs, prove that this band has caught on to something unique.
Jennifer Edwards Artistic Director Dawson City Music Festival
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Cheza's infectious blend of guitar grooves had them dancing and smiling into the evening.
Todd Fraracci CBC Producer Afrofest, Toronto
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In an era of sound-alike world beat bands, Cheza manages to combine African sounds with a strong pop sensibility.
Bart Keaves Winnipeg Sun Winnipeg Folk Fest Review
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Colourful, exciting, very alive on stage, they warmed up the crowd in no time.
Rene Moisan Bros Distribution Montreal Jazz Fest Review