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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
If Brussels-based Zap Mama is a world music band, then the world truly is a ghetto. While longtime fans may bemoan each successive move that Marie Daulne and her tribe of mostly female Afropeans make from their original a cappella incarnation, Zap moves at the speed of the world around them. No longer the vocally acrobatic group of dancers in face paint of ZAP MAMA and SABSYLMA, the Zap Mama of A MA ZONE is a street-funky collective directed by Daulne and fully integrated into the world of hip-hop and progressive dance beats. In this fulfillment of the Daulne's multicultural agenda -- what's more universal in '99 than hip-hop?-- dense grooves percolate around the ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
If Brussels-based Zap Mama is a world music band, then the world truly is a ghetto. While longtime fans may bemoan each successive move that Marie Daulne and her tribe of mostly female Afropeans make from their original a cappella incarnation, Zap moves at the speed of the world around them. No longer the vocally acrobatic group of dancers in face paint of ZAP MAMA and SABSYLMA, the Zap Mama of A MA ZONE is a street-funky collective directed by Daulne and fully integrated into the world of hip-hop and progressive dance beats. In this fulfillment of the Daulne's multicultural agenda -- what's more universal in '99 than hip-hop?-- dense grooves percolate around the ghostly Pygmy-derived chants and vocal polyphony. Most gratifying, Daulne's breathy voice has developed into a diva-worthy instrument although more so in French than in her stilted English. Where Zap Mama was once fitting accompaniment for high-school assembly periods and hippie-clothing boutiques, A MA ZONE is music for the night. Sophisticated production turns by the Roots, West Coast DJ This Kid Named Miles, and Speech arc with florescent lights, overheard radios, and the occasional snatch of movie soundtrack. And like the world around them, Zap is rife with compelling contradiction. Marie Daulne's lyrics, riding atop futuristic funk beats, warn against the encroaching technology of cell phones, call waiting, and other devices that save time but make us rush through it. But one listen to "Rafiki," their slinky, insinuating collaboration with the Roots, is enough to convince anyone that Marie's zone is the only place in the world to be.
All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Zap Mama's last album was the first one to incorporate instrumental sounds into the group's six-voice a cappella mix; it was also the first to include male voices. On A Ma Zone, group leader Marie Daulne has expanded the exploration of American R&B and hip-hop that she began with Seven. Breakbeats, jazzy upright bass, and turntable manipulation are now a part of the mix -- a mix that was already rich with European and West African influences. "Gissie" draws most deeply on Daulne's Central African Pygmy roots, with its call-and-response structure and her unearthly yodeling; "Rafiki," which opens the album, is a collaboration with Black Thought of the Roots that segues beautifully into "W'Happy Mama," on which Daulne shows off her own speed-rap flow in French, of course. "'Allo 'Allo" and "Call Waiting" both hint at her ongoing obsession with the telephone, an instrument that she seems to find mildly repellent but can't seem to ignore. Everything on this album is both complex and immediately accessible, simultaneously deeply funky and sweetly gentle. Very highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2005
  • Label: Luaka Bop
  • UPC: 680899003728
  • Catalog Number: 90037

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Iko-Iko (3:22)
  2. 2 Rafiki (3:43)
  3. 3 W'happy Mama (5:16)
  4. 4 Call Waiting (3:55)
  5. 5 Gissié (3:43)
  6. 6 Songe (3:30)
  7. 7 Kemake (3:07)
  8. 8 Comment Ça Va (4:28)
  9. 9 Ya Solo (4:09)
  10. 10 My Own Zero (4:02)
  11. 11 M'Toto (2:47)
  12. 12 Gbo Moto (Station) (3:24)
  13. 13 'Allo 'Allo (5:08)
  14. 14 Rafiki (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Zap Mama Primary Artist
Manu Dibango Saxophone, Vocals
Jean-Pierre Catoul Violin
Marie Daulne Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Voices
Jean-Louis Daulne Percussion, Vocals, Guimbri
David Gamson Multi Instruments
Sabine Kabongo Vocals
Oliver Leiber Multi Instruments
Black Thought Rap
Anthony Tidd Keyboards, Hammond Organ
?uestlove Drums
Dizy Mandjeku Guitar
Anita Daulne Background Vocals, Voices
Bilou Doneux Percussion, Guimbri
DJ Grazhoppa scratching
Jan de Ryck Keyboards
Paul de Spiegelaere Vocals
Stéphane Galland Drums, Keyboards
Pierre Michaud Cello
Nana Akumu Voices
Kamiah "Little Klang" Gray Keyboards
Nicolas Thys Bass, Double Bass
Aningi Bernadette Voices
Carole Duteille Violin
Hans Francken Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Kesia Vocals
Manou NGuessan Gallo Bass
Patrick Nuisser Keyboards
Tanya Saw Background Vocals
Edouard Thiese Viola
Françoise Vidick Background Vocals
Manou G. Yvette Vocals
Technical Credits
Marie Daulne Producer, Rhythm Production
Yale Evelev Executive Producer
David Gamson Programming, Engineer, Rhythm Production
Dave Ivory Engineer, Digital Editing
Dan Lacksman Engineer
Oliver Leiber Programming, Engineer, Rhythm Production
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Jon Smeltz Engineer, Digital Editing
Nick Batt Producer
Yannick Fonderie Rhythm Production
Bryan Martin Engineer, Digital Editing
Richard Nichols Rhythm Production
Scott Hull Mastering
Mister Big Jo Francken Engineer, Digital Editing
Jan de Ryck Engineer, Digital Editing
Keith Kramer Engineer, Digital Editing
Martin Ledyard Illustrations
Neil Slatford Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    masterpiece!!

    This is album and all the others are excellent, I recommend them to anyone who loves vocal styles, Marie and her vocalists will blow you away with their amazing voices used as instruments and the amazing whistle she uses in "Rafiki" (with the Roots) the music goes hand in hand with the vocals and lyrics and this is what you call a classic album, you can't classify this in any category except amazing and capturing. I got this Cd a few years ago when it came out and I still listen to it and the magic is always there and stronger each time I listen to every track!!

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