Mama, African queen, creator of African European music, exotic pop
Daulne created the project "Zap Mama" during the beginning of the
90’s with an a cappella group of Afro-European women. Born in the
Congo to an Belgian father and an African mother Marie Daulne brings
together natural beauty and music, the music of two continents and the
hearts of thousands of fans. Daulne specializes in polyphonic,
harmonic music with a mixture of heavily infused African instruments,
R&B, and Hip-hop.
With this concept she
recorded the World Music releases Adventures in Afropea
(1991/1993), and Sabsylma (1994). While the first albums were a
capella, Marie Daulne changed her style with the third album Seven
(1997) to a more instrumental profile. Next albums were the
experimental A Ma Zone
(1999), and after her move to New York Ancestry in Progress
(2000). In 2004 she moved back to Belgium.
Her debut on Heads Up International was
Supermoon (2007) now followed by ReCreation set for
worldwide release on May 26, 2009.
Marie explains the
moment when you are relaxing and enjoying yourself, is the perfect
moment to create a new person within yourself – to heal yourself and
let go of all the negative aspects of your life. In those times when
you relax, you recreate yourself.”
We immerse in the magical world of Zap Mama with ReCreation
preparing for the musical miracles. Do you hear the heartbeat of
Africa? Then listen to Vibrations. The pulsing bass, the dark
drums, Marie's luscious vocals are carving lines into the wooden tree of
life. Marie is back in the heart of Congo's jungle.
Singing Sisters features Marie
Daulne, Sabine Kabongo and Sylvie Nawasadio in a sensational and
innovative a capella demonstration with a big jazzy impact. A historic
treat of the original a capella lineup of the early '90's. Marie
comments: “Sabine and Sylvie and I sang together on the first two
GRAMMY®-nominated Zap Mama albums,” says Daulne. “That was the
original sound of Zap Mama music – pure voices used as instruments. I
started my career with these two women – along with two others, Marie Cavenaile and Cecilia Kandonda. The five of us were like the five
fingers of a hand – all individuals but all working as one. I still
think of them as sisters. Fifteen years later, this original sound and
period has been recreated.”
Marie inhales the Latin vibe with Hello To Mama and a strong
support of Bashiri Johnson (perc), Anthony Tidd (bass, piano, guitar),
Danny Freiberg (piano) and last but not least the Trumpetisto from
Miami. Do You Wanna? is the final dream of every Latin
percussion fan, each instrument is dedicated to the rhythm.
In the African tradition The Way You Are is featuring Zap Mama
in a duet with Bilal Sayeed Oliver. Smooth, elegant and heinous.
Paroles Paroles was composed by Gianni Ferrio, the conductor of
the "Teatro 10" orchestra. The Italian "Teatro 10" was a series of TV
variety nights. The song became popular by Dalida with Alain Delon in
the French version (1973). Zap Mama's version melts into caramel and
chocolate. Smoothness and expression at its best.
On Drifting Marie Daulne shares her vocal emotions with G.
Love. “Drifting,” a story of what happens to a relationship when
a man – a musician in this case – spends much of his time on the road.
“This song was born in the middle of the night,” Daulne recalls. “I
woke up and I had this melody in my head. Everything was there – the
melody, the beat, everything. It was not me who was composing. The
song was given to me by some musical spirit. I just executed the
Although African Diamond has its roots in African beats, one
will finds seldom gems in the uneven course of the song. Meshell
Ndegeocello (Wild Night) adds her pulsing bass line and G. Love
his significant harmonica chords. Harlem reunites the vocals of
Sylvie Nawasadio, Miss Camille and Sabine Kabongo to an
explosive French/English mixture.
Togetherness is not only a song, but Marie's philosophy of life
and lived attitude. That said her impressive voice is integral part of
a colorful picture consisting of a conglomerate of vocals and
instrumentals with the ultimate hooking power. Awesome the end of the
song, walking on the wild side.
Non, Non, Non features anew Monsieur Douce Vincent Cassel.
“This is a song about flirting,” Marie explains. “The man is saying,
‘Will you stay with me?’ and the woman says, ‘No, no, no…’ They want
to be together but won’t really take the plunge. He keeps asking her,
‘Stay with me, stay a little longer.’ It’s about the flirtation with
things that are forbidden.”
Final tune of this remarkable album is Chill Out starting with
a classical motive turning into an infectious song. Daulne declares:
“When we perform it live, it will be beautiful. I’m going to invite
people to dance. When people come to a Zap Mama concert, they will
learn how to dance.” Isn't life a great dance?
ReCreation is revelation. This
album opens a new view to the world of Africa. Expect the unexpected.
Be surprised by musical attraction far beyond your experience. Zap
Mama is a indeed a renewal of your senses.
- Album Information
Artist: Zap Mama
Genre: General R&B
Label: Heads Up International
01 ReCreation [1:16]
02 Vibrations [3:28]
03 Singing Sisters (Featuring Sylvie Nawasadio And Sabine
04 Hello To Mama [4:03]
05 Do You Wanna? [3:46]
06 The Way You Are (Featuring Bilal) [4:22]
07 Paroles Paroles (Featuring Vincent Cassel) [4:30]
08 Drifting (Featuring G. Love) [3:41]
09 African Diamond (With Tony Allen And Meshell Ndegeocello)
10 Harlem [2:41]
11 Togetherness [4:57]
12 Non, Non, Non (Featuring Vincent Cassel) [3:51]
13 Chill Out [2:46]