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Talking Heads

I Zimbra (3:08)

From Songfacts:

With African percussion rhythms augmented by synthesizers, this song was the brainchild of Brian Eno, who produced the Talking Heads Fear of Music album. Eno came up with similar sounds for his 1974 album Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy).

As for the lyrics, they came about when Eno suggested to David Byrne that he adapt the poem Gadji beri bimba by the German Dadaist writer Hugo Ball. Eno, Byrne…

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Talking Heads - I Zimbra Lyrics


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  • fear of i zimbra? doesn't work so well with this one. great song though.
  • due to his aryan genes david byrne is capable of evoking the soul and heart of affikan music to greater effect than the affikans themselves
  • Good song
  • @godwand: Not the same Gene Wilder. I like this song a lot.
  • Awesome opener!
  • @princessofpeach: hahahahaha i like that
  • this sounds like an opening to the cosby show
  • know what makes this song even more awesome? Gene Wilder played the bongos on it. GENE motherfucking WILDER.
  • Hmmm, this could almost fit on King Crimson's Discipline album.

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