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Afrika Bambaataa/Zulu Nation/Cosmic Force

  • "Zulu Nation Throw Down" [Paul Winley 12-inch, 1981] A-

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"Zulu Nation Throw Down" [Paul Winley 12-inch, 1981]
Half jingly song-chant and half rap, this starts out so flat that even the rap sounds off-key. But soon the harmonies begin to seem natural, as in "ethnic" music tuned to its own scale, or maybe Kleenex/Liliput. And Lisa Lee, resident young lay-dee of this "Funkadelic of the microphone," must have been a tobacco auctioneer in some earlier lifetime, and a Shirelle after that. Virtually irresistible. A-