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Zap Mama

Zap Mama

The zap stands for “zapping culture from the north and south.” The mama refers to the fact “I use the traditional sounds from mother earth.” So explains Marie Daulne, leader of the group Zap Mama.

Daulne is of dual heritage: her mother is from Zaire, her father, Belgium. Daulne began her musical career singing jazz in the cafes of Brussels. After venturing to Africa to explore her roots there, Marie created Zap Mama, an all-female a capella ensemble. Their first album, Adventures in Afropea I, featured a zapping of African pygmy music and modern urban beats. Daulne thinks she and the pygmies, who live in the bush, share a similar philosophy concerning music. “They take what they have around them at the moment…the emotion, the rhythm, and explain it with sounds. My forest is the town. It’s the plane, the telephone. That’s how I compose.”

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