Dimitri Ehrlich
August 16, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Wapi Yo

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Lokua Kanza
Producers
BMG Classics
genre
World

We gave it an B+

Zaire has yet to produce any international pop stars, but Lokua Kanza’s airy tenor and delicate wandering melodies should carry him beyond his native Africa. Wapi Yo‘s two English-language cuts are weakest, by virtue of their saccharine lyrics; it’s the songs in French, Swahili, and Lingala — soft soul tunes in the vein of Seal and Des’ree — that most eloquently speak the language of the human heart. B+

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