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Zap Mama

Zap Mama is an all-female a cappella quintet founded by Zaire native Marie Daulne. Daulne's father was killed during the revolution of 1960 while her mother was pregnant with her, so the remainder of the family fled to the forests and found refuge with a tribe of pygmies. Daulne was raised primarily in Europe, but when she heard a recording of traditional pygmy music at age 20, she decided to return to Africa to learn about her heritage. She was trained in pygmy onomatopoeic vocal techniques before returning to the West to found Zap Mama. Her group blends world music styles from all over the globe with little, if any, instrumental or percussive backup other than what group members can do with their voices and bodies. Their 1993 debut, Adventures in Afropea, became the biggest-selling non-compilation album in the history of Luaka Bop Records, helped in part by an opening slot on that summer's 10,000 Maniacs tour. A year later they released a follow-up, Sabsylma; 7 followed in 1997. A Ma Zone appeared in 1999. Zap Mama returned to Luaka Bop for 2004's Ancestry in Progress. Supermoon was issued by Heads Up in 2007. The group evolved around Daulne into an increasingly more pop-directed world beat configuration, and while Zap Mama may have lost a few of their more traditionally focused fans in the process, the infectious persuasiveness and danceability of the later era version of the group brought in just as many again. ReCreation, a perfect example of the sort of global urban tone Daulne had been grafting into the group's DNA, appeared in 2009. ~ Steve Huey & Steve Leggett, Rovi
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ladalekgeorg e
I'm watching them in concert now in Chicago and they are fantastic and moving!
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roxxie_jean
I just saw them in concert and they are inspiring. I am in LOVE.
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Saw them in concert about 10 years ago in DC. Great show and would definitely like to see them again.
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sariyahb
Pandora has made me a new fan! Never heard Zap Mama's music before...but she keeps popping up on my Me'Shell NdegeoCello channel...it ' s hot!
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first time I heard of her. I really like the sounds
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natashawrigh t 6 1
I too, thought she sound like Erkya Badu.
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lakisha.plow d e n
new for me. I really like. in tune with the sound. intriguing!
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ttbug07
Love Zap Mama-breatht a k i n g !
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& just when I think they couldn't get any BETTER, Zap Mama GETS BETTER, & I gotta make room on here somehow 4 their station!!! :-) Guess I'll have 2 delete my "Rich politicians screaming because their Rolls Royces broke down AGAIN!!!" station. It was a hoot,tho!!! :-)
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I've been a huge fan of Zap Mama 4 YEARS!!! Thanx,Pandor a , u r d BEST!!! :-)
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Percussion precaution concussion 14y 1m
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Off the hook great calaboes talib, common zap mama.
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Wow...pandor a sur-prized with Zap Mama...beaut i f u l . . . I ' m a new fan.
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A Ma Zing .. I'm in Love with this/her/the m and her story is intriguing. Read her Bio
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ZAP MAMA is it if you want to hear something totally different than the norm, I love her and her style
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You listen...the n a song like Bandy Bandy comes on, and you enter a new space, clean and special and you get it. Zap Mmmmmmama.
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Zap Mama!!!! Love it!!
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i was first introduced to zap mama at a ballet workshop, it was their song rafiki from their a ma zone album....ins t a n t l y fell in love and been a fan ever since....gre a t t t t t music
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hlfrankjr
I love this track!
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love ya!
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taclark74
Absolutely gorgeous music!
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Awesome!
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I discovered ZM at Paris Crepes, West Hollywood. The coolest vibes.
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Zap Mama turned me out beyond Sweet Honey In The Rock.
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civetandhenr i
I love the music. It almost reminds me of Les Nubians music
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sharellejone s
Bandy Bandy - may all time favorite
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i like her vocals and the music behind the lyrics, the music is soothing its the kind of music that allows you to think while listening to the music
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sooooo love this group she relaxes me on sooo many levels!!!
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Soothes the soul on all levels. Thank goddess for Zap Mama!!
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listening to Bandy Bandy (remix) loving it!
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jleedm9
this is real cool
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I love Zap Mama! Music is so inspirationa l !
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sudrahamid
These sistas rock!
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icedmocha110 2
LOVE HER!
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One of the best in all of music...love Zap Mama! Definitely inspiring music...
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Just heard, "Brrrlak!"
Oooooooooh my!
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chefcjlove
Saw Zap Mama at the North Sea Jazz Festival. Amazing!!!!
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I love this
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zap momma is awesome.
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Im wit u Tanisha. Im feeling it!!!
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my first time hearin this.. i love it
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Absolutely hypnotizing! !
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ez400k
WOW WOW WOW.....
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Wow...beauti f u l ! ! !
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artchick54
love it! love it! love it! I have listened to Zap Mama since my sister introduced me in her tiny studio in LA YEARS AGO! I saw her perform with Erykah Badu in Indianapolis , and I couldn't get enough. So much soul. You can't help but dance inside and out!
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Harry Belafonte, If you ever do one more return to Carnegie Hall, Zap Mamma should definitely pull that gig with you.
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why doesn't pandora have any of their older albums?
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ast8973
PANDORA EXPOSE ME TO ZAP MAMA AND ITS AWESOME... THANK PANDORA ALISHA TURNER
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naturalblue2 5
Dang she and Erykah Badu sound similar! I initially thought she was Erykah when I heard Bandy Bandy. I am now a fan, though I've heard of Zap Mama, I don't think I ever paid attention.
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